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File Under: Glossary

Scripting Language

A scripting language is a simple programming language used to write an executable list of commands, called a script. A scripting language is a high-level command language that is interpreted rather than compiled, and is translated on the fly rather than first translated entirely. JavaScript, Perl, VBscript, and AppleScript are scripting languages rather than general-purpose programming languages.

File Under: Cheat Sheets, HTML

HTML Cheatsheet

Keep this cheatsheet handy — it contains the most common HTML tags and their proper syntax.

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File Under: CSS

Update an Old Website With Stylesheets

The other day I ran a highly constrained Google search for one of my ancient pseudonyms (yes, thank you, moving to the country has left me with a glut of free time) and discovered my first Usenet post, circa July, 1994. And let me tell you, nothing, NOTHING makes you feel older than reading the ranting of your ten-years-younger self.

Chances are your first Usenet post either predates mine or you have no idea what I’m talking about (if you’re the latter, all you “need” to know is that Usenet was before Google bought it). While Google still indexes the really old posts, it doesn’t let you sequentially scroll through stuff that predates early 2000, so unless you know exactly what to search for — a person’s ancient cyberpunny handle, say — you’re probably not going to turn up anything. And thank god; I really don’t need that part of my past surviving in perpetuity (mark my words:<meta name=”robots” content=”noindex, nofollow”>).

If unearthing ancient Usenet posts makes you feel old, try re-entering the world of Web design after a five-year hiatus.

“I was up really late working on a … website,” I told my brother, pausing sheepishly in the silence on the other end of the phone. “I think I’m, uh, going back into Web design.”

“Wow. How retro,” was his only response. And I don’t think he meant that in the “retro cool” sense. No, not at all.

Not only was I was old and uncool, but I my tech skills were dated. My CSS knowledge was abysmal. I had no idea there was almost complete browser support for CSS Level 1. In fact, I didn’t even know about CSS Level 2. You can control the printer output of your pages? And speed at which pages are read out loud? Who am I, Rip Van Winkle?

And, oh!, what about the poor meta keyword tag?

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File Under: CSS, Fonts, UI/UX

Web Typography Tutorial – Lesson 2

Ask any web designer about the use of typographic design on web pages and they’ll tell you the same truth: The web is a harsh, uninviting environment for the delicateness of fine typography. Along with the usual web culprit of platform inconsistency, the extreme low resolution of even the best current screens means type online can only allude to the geometry of the typefaces you’ve so carefully chosen and specified.

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File Under: JavaScript, Programming

Debug JavaScript With Venkman

In the first part of our JavaScript debugging tutorial, we talked about debugging methods that work in just about any web browser. These techniques are useful when you’re trying to get your script to work in a particularly troublesome browser. More often, however, you’re faced with some code that just plain doesn’t work, and you’re not sure why.

With a script debugger, you can pop the hood and study exactly how things work — the catch being that the only really robust debuggers exist only for Internet Explorer and the Mozilla family of browsers. But that’s OK. You don’t really care about browser compatibility yet; you just want the darn thing to work.

In today’s lesson, I’m going to show you how to use Venkman, Mozilla’s script debugger. It’s not really any better or worse than Microsoft’s Script Debugger, but it has the advantage on running on Windows, Linux, Unix, and Mac OS X. You can download it from Mozilla’s site. As with all extensions, you’ll need to restart your browser after installation. Once you restart, you should see a menu item named JavaScript Debugger under the Tools menu. Make sure to click on this menu item after you’ve loaded the page you want to debug. It also is a good idea to close any extraneous tabs before you start debugging.

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