CSS Inspiration Roundup

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As a follow-up to our latest article, we would like to share with you some recent articles showcasing some of CSS’ functionalities. Enjoy!

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Can HTML5 Win The Battle With Flash?

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If you are browsing the web looking for an answer, you will be overwhelmed to see that “Flash versus HTML” has been a long debated subject among supporters of the two technologies, and unfortunately, you will not find the “silver bullet” which will help draw an exact conclusion.

This is definitely a battle started by Apple’s dismissal of Flash on the iPhone and the iPad, and disseminated by users and technologists. Whether this was a business minded decision or not, the fact is, that open web technology is ready to take a new direction.

And there is plenty of space available to fill this void by the rejuvenated HTML5, CSS3, and JavaScript combination. Our team of developers at CodeMyIMAGE is already using HTML5 and we strongly believe in its functionality and potential to revolutionize the Web world. To make our point, we will highlight the features that make HTML the best choice for building your website:

  1. HTML5’s functionality is built into the browser, without requiring 3rd party plugins. This will definitely improve accessibility and usability delivered to visitors to your website. With DOM and HTML support, HTML5 delivers high quality interactivity.
  2. Semantic web is a future direction in the Internet world, and HTML5 is building its way in. Using the new standardized HTML5 elements to code your website, the semantic value of every web page will increase.
  3. HTML5 is flexible, making it possible to understand the structure and code behind a web page, to expand features, and ultimately to improve accessibility.
  4. HTML5 introduces new creative features, showing a stronger focus on web applications requirements:  drag-and-drop tools, wikis, search forms, cross-window messaging, etc.

HTML5, partnered with JavaScript and CSS, will change the way the Internet performs, making it easy, accurate, and consistent.

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HTML5 and CSS Tutorials’ Week

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During last week a lot of authors decided to share interesting resources and tutorials about CSS and HTML. We selected the best for you! Enjoy:

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Five Common Web Design Mistakes That Should Not Be On Your Website

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1. Using tables for web design

HTML tables used to create page layouts are under no circumstance acceptable in modern web design. Using them will show your visitors that you are not familiar with the latest technology in web development and will make your website look ancient.

If you want a professional look for your website and aim to ensure a pleasant navigation for your visitors, CSS formatting style is the solution. Not only is it faster and more reliable, but it is also very easy to have the HTML integrated in CSS, as it enables a quick separation of your HTML content.

2. Browser incompatibility

When you create a website, you must keep in mind that there are a multitude of browsers, and each of them interprets HTML/CSS code differently. This is why you need to make sure that your website can be viewed at its best no matter what browser or platform (Mac or PC) your visitors are using. Having a cross-browser compatible website is a must in order for you not to lose visitors over the long term.

3. Overloading the site

Even though you might be tempted to place multiple interactive elements on your website, such as pictures, videos and various widgets, this is highly discouraged. Instead of communicating more information, you will get the exact opposite effect.

Your visitors will be overloaded with information and, in the end, will never return to your website. Therefore, try to keep your design as simple as possible. Keep only the very important information on your website and also make sure that you avoid very large portions of text.

4. Not changing the colors of visited links

First, you should make sure that your links are visible. Your visitors must be able to easily distinguish a clickable link from plain text. Choosing to have your links colored with the standard blue color is the easiest way (unless, of course, your whole site is blue).

In order to ensure the maximum of usability for your website, implement links that, after clicking, change their color. This way, your visitors will know which portions of the website they already visited.

5. Ignoring your target audience

When creating a website, take time to reflect on the following issues:  Is the content relevant? Is it easy to navigate? Do people realize instantly what the website is about? Keep in mind the so-called “five seconds rule”, which states that if your visitors cannot realize in the first five seconds what you are trying to communicate to them, they never will.

The best way to make sure that you are providing relevant information to your target audience is to ask yourself what you would like to read about the addressed issue and how would you like to have that information structured.

This way, you can better understand what your target audience expects from you!

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Lessons from Apple’s Dismissal of Flash

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As new products and technologies are emerging at an exponential pace, it is increasingly more difficult for people to keep up. One might be asking “what does the future hold?”. Where is this entire extraordinary technology buzz  heading?

We dare to argue that open source software might be a hint in that direction. Particularly, HTML, CSS, and JavaScript seem to currently steal the spotlight. Even Steve Jobs suggested this in his infamous letter explaining why Apple ditched Flash from the iPad and its other products.

But what do open source technologies bring new? Well, for one thing, flexibility. With the help of HTML5, any web developer can create graphics, web pages, animations, and much more, without having to rely on Flash. Add to this the fact that open source software is often created in a public and collaborative matter, and you have all the ingredients to why this is such a successful recipe.

In other words, innovation and flexibility are the keys to succeed in the future. This is a lesson that everyone in the IT business, in any business actually, must embrace. A new gadget or technology product might be created tomorrow and you might find your work field outdated almost immediately.

Steve Jobs couldn’t have pointed it out better: “The times they are a changin, and some traditional PC folks feel like their world is slipping away.” It is!

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