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    Knowing the kinds of stuff most peeps on this forum are familiar with, but also I likes to show peeps how I learn stuff via some tutorial or two that I've put together. I also likes to do a bit of drawing, drinking, writing... Sorry, did I say drinking? Nah, I meant to say thinking of course! Silly me. LOL

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  1. It's a shame, really it is, but sometimes forums are just too big and vacuous. :\ Isn't there a way to answer simple questions on a sort of rolling / scrolling message board. It would of course mostly pertain to the video courses and tutorials on this site. Whatever happened to that guy who always helped out with my silly workarounds. Can't even remember his name, now. He was one of the very best. Truly, he was. Those days may be forgotten, but never missed.
  2. Hello there I hope these forums and the peeps in them will help you whenever the need arrives. I'd like to be able to hang around these forums more often, but my day job gets in the way -- so much so that sleep is now my number one past time.
  3. Hm, I think it is a little confusing, especially when there are so many choices to be made. When I originally joined up it was called a university. Now it's this 'Video Tutorial Library'. It's probably better named as a tutorial library anyway, mostly because any mention of studying at a real university may well conjure up visions of more formal training. Or, something like that. Erm, I've been wondering lately about usability issues. I was wondering whether there should be a little more emphasis in this area. I suppose it's silly of me to suggest this, what with my 'definition lists are king', outburst the other day. But I really do see that usability isn't just for the many (presumably) screen reader users out there. Still, even though I'll be subscribing to this worthwhile library for a whole while longer, video training doesn't always nail me into doing something just because I've seen a video of it. I'm also more of a 'dip in and out' sort of reader, who likes to understand some of the more mature things people have and are now writing about, like Dan Cederholm and Andy Budd (who is more likely to avoid the use of any definition lists like the plague). Trouble is, when it comes to matters like PHP, JavaScript or anything else that requires a certain kind of understanding, all that I've said about my reading habits just get blown out the window. PHP video training is a must, though there are a good many authors out there who can hold you by the hand and walk you through the things you need to know. So, I guess what I'm saying is, that it isn't simply horses for courses, but more of what will or won't work. And I guess we've all got to learn what will eventually help us to... er, learn.
  4. Hey Andrea, you've done marvelously well. Everything looks to be working just as it should be, even though I know nothing of HTML 5, let alone that other thing called CSS3. I got nowhere near shadowing your stuff. I'm still wondering whether to just abandon my attempt altogether. I laughingly got stuck trying to create an altogether different sort of flexible sliding corners technique, but every time I applied them to the main content area the bottom right sliding corner would just go out of sync, and so it just kind of sank -- the idea, that is. Anyways, from having lived with it for the few days I was playing around with the FancyTransitions thingys, I'd say it has done exactly what it needed to do.
  5. I've been trying to shadow your work, but with little success. I'm only doing this because I want to find an answer and perhaps rekindle my knowledge. Boy, is that going to take some time. Anyways, I came across an article by Chris Coyier regarding absolute positioned elements within relative positioned ones'. I can't says it grabs me by the throat, as I wouldn't have thought it was all that much of a big deal. Anyways, about that article... Absolute Positioning Inside Relative Positioning
  6. Hi there I've found a couple of possible examples. I'm only marginally interested because I was playing around clearing floats the other day, and the second example looks interesting when wondering if one can merge both ideas. Anyway, about those examples... Vertically and Horizontally Centered Div Cross-browser Vertical & Horizontal Centering
  7. This looks promising, as it will allow others like myself to make the odd comment or two, such as... I've always viewed a file with this path (../) as exiting one directory (or folder) in-order to enter another. Saying things like this really helps peeps to visualise what's going on. I suppose you could even have (../../). Without the parenthesis of course, telling you that a file with this path is having to exit an inner folder and then its outer parent folder, where the last forward slash relates to the entering of yet another directory to which may reside some other media. Please correct me if I'm wrong. I'm afraid I've been away far too long, and am now realising that what I've got to say might not be so relevant anymore.
  8. ...Ah, so that's why it wasn't working. That old suggestion of mine about putting the scripts in the head tags has been frelling things up. Basically, I copied your markup and the transitions are working as they should be, or as they are on your octopus page. I knew I could do something to help -- me!
  9. Hi there Andrea I've noticed that if you use 3 images at once you end up getting a rather nice effect, though I have no idea as yet if it works in all browsers known to man... <div id='slideshowHolder'> <img src='img/img1.jpg'> <img src='img/img2.jpg'> <img src='img/img3.jpg'> </div> ...For some reason though, I cannot get it to transition more than 3 images.
  10. ...On 2nd thoughts, forget about everything I said... I did not see Andrea's answer to Ben's comment. Silly me.
  11. Er, this is going to take longer than I thought... I can't for the life of me understand why yours' isn't working. I have got a transition of sorts, but it's very fishy. At first I tried to break up one of the images into 3 separate pieces 3x320, but because of the way it's set up to handle IDs, I think maybe using a class isn't going to work. Erm, the only thing I can suggest it to perhaps place the following script between the head tags... <script> $(document).ready( function(){ $('#slideshowHolder').jqFancyTransitions({ width: 400, height: 300 }); }); </script> ...I'm not sure what that other following script is that you have in the home page is for... <script> $('#ft').jqFancyTransitions({ navigation: true, links : false }); </script> Erm, anyway, I'll keep at this for a little while until something else happens. Something good, I hope.
  12. Hi there Andrea I've been having a little look at all that gobble-de-gook, which is making my eyeballs spin in their sockets. Having said that, it's not so far removed from what I did more than a few years back. I can't exactly help with your situation, but I'd like to try this 'FancyTransitions' thingy and see it work in a lightweight page, and then perhaps try it out on yours', maybe? Erm, anyway, I suppose I'd better get cracking then...
  13. Funnily enough, I too have Espresso, but have found no need (as yet) to go looking for something with a little more, "wake up and smell the coffee" variety. Perhaps Coda 2 is looking for a different sort of hand-coder? Let's hope its newest version doesn't turn all of its Coda products into a... has bean. Er, sorry 'bout that. I will have a look at Espresso. Maybe I already have, and have just forgotten all about it. That's understandable, as I haven't been looking at web page building for a while now. The only other text editor that I do have eyes for is Sublime Text, before it became Sublime Text 2, I think? Something I mentioned a while back...
  14. LOL, I should have thought this one through more solidly. Silly me. Yeah, but your way is probably everyone's way as well. Perhaps, in the past I have not been so much influenced as awed by one or two peeps, most notably by billyboy and Paul O'Brien over at SitePoint, and yet I have done little in the ways of matching their wisdoms by mirroring their ways. Lately though, I've been wanting to jump right back into all this web page building malarkey, mostly because it was something that really gripped me, and I'm pretty sure it still does. Trouble is, I need to get smarter real quick. My memory is rubbish, and so I will need to have in place some other methods that will help me to remember stuff, and one of the ways I used to do that was by dipping in and out of anything that looked doable, planting a design on a magnetic whiteboard and then moving markup and css around (in my text editor) until it would give in to my design demands. Now though, I want to do it in a slightly different way; I'm still dipping in and out of a whole heap of (Dan Cederholm) books, but this time they're the voices that matter, kind. As for my lack of memory, I have an idea to visualise snippets without their whole values cluttering my mind's eye, and have them pinned to the walls. If anyone new to this stuff is wondering what the hell the above is, it's just a way of forcing a container to 'grow' in length downwards as text is added to it, especially if an image is being floated to the left, while the text itself is being floated to the right. This is Dan the Man at his best.
  15. Hi there peeps from around the world. All you peeps from around the world must have your own native voices advising you what's what about web development. For me, it's just enough to concentrate on the likes of Dan Cederholm. If ever there was a voice that mattered, it's his. However, I am thinking that there must be a few of his ilk out there far across the different lands who are able to steer folks whose native language isn't English with the same aspirations as those here in the West who have so many voices to catch up with. Right now, you're probably wondering what this topic is all about. It kind of started along the lines of, "Whose voice matters to you?" But then, because of some of the questions being raised belonged to a simpler sort of grammar, that I thought it might be an idea to have peeps from foreign lands -- as well as us (me) here in the West to create a list of those doing the influencing. Erm, anyway, my list is simple. So simply, it isn't really a list at all, as I just have one name in it, which you already know. Here in England I follow the teachings of Dan Cederholm (even though I may not keep to his explicit writings) . So, whose voice do you adhere to?
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