Dave Woods - Freelance Web Design Warwickshire

Blank browser windows for Photoshop mockups

When creating mockups for websites, it’s useful to use a blank browser window within Photoshop so that you get a good feel for how the design will look when it’s actually rendered as a web page.

To make this process slightly easier, I’ve put together a collection of blank browser windows for Firefox, Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, Opera and Safari at 800×600 and 1024×768 which are now available to download.

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Web Browser News

Over the last couple of weeks Google have caused a bit of a stir in the world of web browsers. First they announced that they’d be dropping support for Internet Explorer 6 and that was shortly followed by news that Chrome 4.0 had been released. Microsoft have been patching IE after a security flaw was discovered and finally, Firefox 3.6 has been released, so what do these new web browser developments mean to us web designers.

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Using em’s for font sizing

Many web designers still use pixels for sizing their fonts within a web page, however this presents an accessibility problem on devices and browsers (namely Internet Explorer) which don’t allow pixels to be resized. The solution is to use ems or percentages to size the font so that they’re relative to the base font size set within the browser and it’s really not as difficult as a lot of people might think.

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Project folder structure for a web designer

I’ve always been fairly well organised when it comes to projects but up until recently, I haven’t had a standardised way of structuring my folders which occasionally leads to hunting for that piece of documentation that’s hiding in a folder buried deep in a directory structure. I’m now using a method that is consistent across all my projects and thought I’d share it here in the hope that it helps other web designers to manage their documents and graphics.

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HTML Escape Characters

Whenever I’m creating an HTML page and have a need to use a character that needs escaping (which is less common than the & or ©) I have to go hunting for a list of HTML escape characters so I’ve put together this article as a quick reference of all the character codes and entity names that you can use within HTML.

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Using CSS3 Selectors in Internet Explorer

CSS3 is the next big thing to really help during the web development process but any web developer that has been following the progress of CSS3 will have become increasingly frustrated at the lack of support from Internet Explorer. However Keith Clark has put together a clever solution which means you can start using some of the selectors now and they’ll even work in Internet Explorer 5 and upwards.

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