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FireFox and Fonts

December 17th, 2009 Comments off

For years now people have told me how FireFox is oh-so-much better than Internet Explorer (IE), but so far I have refused to use FireFox because I hated the way that FireFox renders fonts.

I have learned the reason why FireFox renders fonts in such a sickly thin format. Because FireFox is a cross-platform browser, it does not do some of the things that IE, a Windows-only browser, does. IE uses clear-type fonts to render and display fonts; FireFox does not.

The simple fix is to turn on clear type fonts. Several places described going to Appearance and Themes in the Control Panel and under the Appearance tab to select the Effects button then turn on Clear Type fonts, but on my XP pro I didn’t have that option.

What I found was an XP Power Toy at Microsoft PowerToys for Windows XP called ClearType Tuner. This is a control panel applet that allows you use ClearType technology to make it easier to read text on your screen, and installs in the Control Panel for easy access. It has a wizard interface where you can turn on Clear Type fonts and select and preview how the fonts will appear. Once Clear Type fonts are turned on, Fire Fox fonts will be much easier on the eyes.

Someday I may make FireFox my default browser… 47% of browser users can’t be all wrong.

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Finding CSS Color Codes

April 26th, 2009 Comments off

If you are looking for the CSS hex codes for colors the place to go is Here you can create colors and search for palettes and patterns created by others.

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Web Designer Wall

April 25th, 2009 Comments off


Web Designer Wall is designed and maintained by Nick La, who also runs N.Design Studio and Best Web Gallery. I’ve been designing for several years and my work has been published on numbers of magazines. I love to share ideas and design techniques. Web Designer Wall serves as my public blog where I post my design ideas, tutorials, and talk about modern web design trends.

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Resources for Cascading Style Sheets (CSS)

April 25th, 2009 Comments off

Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) is a simple mechanism for adding style (e.g. fonts, colors, spacing) to Web documents. Tutorials, books, mailing lists for users, etc. can be found on the “learning CSS” page. For background information on style sheets, see the Web style sheets page. Discussions about CSS are carried out on the (archived) mailing list (and sometimes on the CSS blog) and on comp.infosystems.www.authoring.stylesheets.

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Save a lot of work with CSS!

In our CSS tutorial you will learn how to use CSS to control the style and layout of multiple Web pages all at once.

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Firebug integrates with Firefox to put a wealth of web development tools at your fingertips while you browse. You can edit, debug, and monitor CSS, HTML, and JavaScript live in any web page.

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