helpshAck

web design

Finding Your Right Type

Nov 17, 05:55 PM

This has gotten a whole lot easier in the web design world thanks to the recent implementing of the @font-face CSS property. By linking to a saved font file, a designer can now use fonts other than those that come bundled with the computer. Oh, the choices!

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Working with WordPress

Sep 17, 05:24 PM

This website was created using Textpattern and was built from scratch. It took me awhile to learn how to get around the CMS and feel comfortable with using forms and different code to create dynamic pages. Now I have learned my way around another CMS: WordPress.

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Historic Photos

Aug 5, 06:25 AM

The longer I live in Bakersfield, the more it seeps into my being. It has a gritty sense of survival which is uncovered in stories of the Dust Bowl, the Great Depression, the Great Fire. There is a flavor of connectedness and endurance that breathes here and the thought of ever leaving makes me uneasy.

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Homemade Slime

Jun 11, 06:22 PM

My worst grades in high school and college were in my science courses. The “a-ha” moments were lost on me when we combined different ingredients to make new ones or see chemical reactions take place. It didn’t excite me at all. But then I had kids. On summer vacation.

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The Web Design Process

Jun 1, 07:54 PM

When designing a web site, I begin by sharpening my pencil rather than firing up the computer. Although it is tempting to immediately dive into beautiful color swatches and graphics, that always comes much later in the design process. The most important thing is to first figure out how to break up information into logical chunks and build a navigation that is easy to, um, navigate.

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The Making of helpshAck v2.0

May 18, 05:41 PM

A redesign of this website has been in the works for 4 years but had to wait until my children were a bit older. I’ve had time to think about how I wanted version 1.0 to evolve. At the top of the list was that it had to be accessible and pass the guidelines that w3c established for web standards. Next, it had to run off a CMS (Content Management System). Third, I wanted a blog.

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What are Web Standards?

May 15, 05:40 PM

The buzz on the web is about web standards and accessibility but what does that really mean? Imagine a roadway system built upon rules based on each individual driver. One driver might interpret a speed limit sign to be a speed suggestion sign; a red light to mean go; a left arrow to mean turn right. This would make driving inefficient, difficult, and well dangerous.

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