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geez, where did those 7 hours go?

Right here. This is all the ipstp Day's fault, getting me started revising my online poetry pages, because it pained me to see other pages in crappy condition. The other reason was work-related, because right now my advanced tech-editing and -writing classes are working on CSS, and I wanted to show what one could do with it.

So I created a brand-new CSS (click here if you would like to see it) based loosely on the original design, hoping that this would make it simpler to update many pages at once.

Those of you who have done a lot of CSS are probably aware that this is much easier said than done when revising a site that uses a combination of hard-coded HTML formatting, embedded styles, and inconsistent style-sheets embedded on every page. W00f. I don't want to even think about how many hours I've spent revising and testing and then updating the CSS to work with all the things I want to do on the various pages. At least I'm happy with it now.

The other thing I wanted to do was demonstrate for my students how one can create view- and click-based link ads (Google and Amazon links) as a means to make one's website a revenue source. Not that mine gets anywhere near enough traffic to make real money, but a student who builds a site that becomes popular might pay for the server costs. So!

Anyhow, would y'all do me a favor and look over my updated pages when you get a chance? I've updated all of my writing-related pages, my Lincoln pages, personal (EDIT: Shoot, I forgot to upload the revised Bio page), gaming, and some other random pages, too. Thank you! I'd like to see if all this work was worth it, and get some suggestions for continued improvement if you see something that's a problem (he crosses his fingers that you won't...). You can pretty clearly tell the updated pages apart from the old ones because the headers are much brighter white-and-red using the new CSS.

Should I make it all wacky and bright, or is this design a good one? Ideas?

Now I'm all het-up about wanting to create tons of new pages, upload short fiction and novel sections, and more! This whole website thing can become an obsession.

Now to bed, perchance to dream!


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Apr. 26th, 2007 12:22 pm (UTC)
Re. CSS...cool, man, it's fun to look at style sheets. Yours is so sweetly short! I love it.

I wouldn't specify the point size. Make it a percentage or units of em instead. The relational units of measure are better rendered by other devices, such as handheld surfing thingies like BlackBerries and phones, and it helps with people (like me) who continually alter the percentage view of the browser. You can also global the verdana font by putting it in an html category (like body is a category--html can be too, which is a very useful tip!).

I've found out the hard way that IE (although maybe not the new version??) won't render anything in the "body" category correctly. I always add a layer of div tags inside the body tags and use that div instead of "body." Likewise, adding "margin: 0" and "padding: 0" to the html descriptor fixes an IE bug.

Re. the poetry page—alas, in Firefox, when I hover over links, they black out completely. I think you need to specify the other a: pseudo-tags and indicate the color. Make sure they are in this order: link, visited, active, hover. Otherwise they fuck up (I don't know why).

And...maybe some more black space in your h3s, so the black bar isn't so close to the words? Experiment with padding values to adjust that.

And hey! You write poetry! I didn't know that. You're so cool!

Isn't CSS fun?? If only Microsoft thought so and went along with it.
Apr. 26th, 2007 06:11 pm (UTC)
Excellent and useful suggestions; thank you very much! Of course I'm a bit sick of it today, but I'll start revising it soon.

Yeah, in quantity most of my pubs were poetry *g* I even won an award for it once. Don't write it much these days, not since figuring out that fiction can serve the same writerly need - for me anyway.
Apr. 26th, 2007 02:11 pm (UTC)
You do not need to keep repeating the same thing in all of your elements--what a pain if you want to change your font. It cascades, and for most styles, the children in the document tree will inherit from the parent.

Also, points are absoulte and should be used only for print. Pixels are for screens. Only use pts for font-sizes and such if your stylesheet is being used to print, otherwise stick to px or em (or % - 1em = 100%).

Apr. 26th, 2007 06:12 pm (UTC)
Thank you! Good thoughts.
Apr. 26th, 2007 10:42 pm (UTC)
I'm a big proponent of dark text on light backgrounds, so I'm good with that part. I think your font has a bit too much letterspacing for comfortable reading. Is there a reason you added it to everything?

I still love the robots, and the general sans serif font family does well for the future feel. I don't think Web sites need to be flashy, especially if you're offering information on making them ad sponsored.

Oh, and speaking of ad sponsored content - I've got a few AdSense tutorials, if you were interested.

Apr. 27th, 2007 02:55 pm (UTC)

Great stuff! I'm bookmarking this entry for future ref.
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