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  • Blog Post: ReMIX: Presentations in PDF & Source for VS2008 Demo

    Yep, the internet is on! I think most of the comments I got yesterday all revolved around the fact that I posted all my presentations in PPTX format. I work for Microsoft, and well, I use PowerPoint to create my presentations. I figured most people, even if they didn't have PowerPoint on their machines...
  • Blog Post: ReMIX: Search Engine Optimization For Rich Internet Applications

    I think that this was my favorite session I did while doing all my ReMIX presentations. It was the one I found most interesting, and most relevant to the work that I do, and see many web developers and designers doing every day. I'm not sure if there is video for this session, but if it shows up, I'll...
  • Blog Post: Web Blunders: The Top 5 Biggest Mistakes On The Web

    At TechEd this year, I presented a session where I presented my top five pet peeves on the web, the biggest and easiest problems to avoid on the web. With how easy it is to share content on the web, I felt that these top five things were the best and easiest to get rid of. In order, I felt they were...
  • Blog Post: One Way to Level the Layout Playing Field

    One of my pet peeves about CSS and HTML standards is sometimes, they aren't overly explicit, and browser vendors pick arbitrary values for things like line height, or margin or padding and the like. Eric Meyer has talked about a reset.css stylesheet that would effectively eliminate those differences...
  • Blog Post: IE Chat Transcript Online

    I want to thank everyone who came attended today's chat, we had a great turn out this morning! It's a lot of fun to talk to other web developers and web designers. We move forward by talking to you, and hearing what you want, and this is a great opportunity for us, and it's a cool way to help you figure...
  • Blog Post: Designer Expert Chat Transcript (1/18/07)

    We had a great chat today, thanks to everyone who came out, and to Chris, Markus, Alex and Dave who were our experts. We had some great questions, and some really good tough questions. Here's the transcript from todays chat: Question: Topics? Answer: Topics can be anything to do with web design...
  • Blog Post: Web Designer Expert Chat Tomorrow (1/18/07)

    Just a quick note to about the expert chat tomorrow. It'll be a great opportunity to talk to the IE team about CSS, HTML and other design specific stuff. If you've got questions, this is the place to ask them. Register here We do plan on making it available for download after the session. We had a small...
  • Blog Post: CSS Celebrates 10 years and Problems With BHOs & Tool Bars?

    We just moved into our new building here on campus (we moved from 42 (good) to 17 (not so good)). I've spent most of the day unpacking so far, and haven't gotten much else done yet. Though I'm back to a window office. I'm right at the edge here on getting a window office. I've been here 5.5 years, and...
  • Blog Post: Web Design World Session: IE7 From CSS to RSS: How to Take Full Advantage

    MOVED This content has been moved to my new blog at http://petelepage.com/blog/2006/12/web-design-world-session-ie7-from-css-to-rss-how-to-take-full-advantage/ Thanks, PEte
  • Blog Post: Useful Web Design Links: Submitting to search engines, and picking colors/colours

    I just finished teaching "From Prints To Online: Creating Your Own Website" class at PCNW and we found a couple of useful links that I though I would share. Getting listed on the major search engines: Google: http://www.google.com/addurl/?continue=/addurl Search.MSN.Com: http://search.msn.com/docs...
  • Blog Post: Live From Redmond: Creating Real World Web Application UI with Master Pages, Themes and Site Navigation

    A few days ago, I presented a Live From Redmond: Creating Real World Web Application UI with Master Pages, Themes and Site Navigation in an on demand web cast. For my first presentation, it went pretty well. I had never used Live Meeting before, and had only had one Live Meeting "Goofup", where I forgot...
  • Blog Post: Open Source Web Designs

    One of the things that I rarely have the time to do is to create really nice looking web templates. Stuff that is just graphically pleasing, between work, school and having a social life, I just don't get time to do it. But reading one of the many blogs that I read in the morning, I came across this...
  • Blog Post: CSS Class Inheritance (Descendants and Siblings)

    MOVED This content has moved to my new blog at http://petelepage.com/blog/2006/06/css-class-inheritance-descendants-and-siblings/ Thanks, PEte
  • Blog Post: Rounded Corners in CSS

    I was talking with a friend last night, and he was lamenting the problems that he was having with CSS. Not so much the problems, but more the fact he was just starting to learn it and wasn't really enjoying it so much. While we were talking, I tried to poke a few ideas out for future CSS blog postings...
  • Blog Post: CSS Class Selectors and ID Selectors

    MOVED This content has been moved to my new blog at http://petelepage.com/blog/2006/06/css-class-selectors-and-id-selectors/ Thanks, PEte
  • Blog Post: DOCType? Why do I need that?

    I got a comment on my last post ( CSS Positioning: Margin, Border, and Padding ) that was rather blut, telling me to pull it down, as it was confusing and IE rendered things incorrectly. I did a little checking into things and s/he was partially correct. In all ASP.NET and HTML page templates that...
  • Blog Post: CSS Positioning: Margin, Border, and Padding

    MOVED This content has been moved to my new blog at http://petelepage.com/blog/2006/05/css-positioning-margin-border-and-padding/ Thanks, PEte
  • Blog Post: CSS Reboot!

    Darn, I found out about this a little too late for this go round, but I'm going to do it for next time. Honest! Have you heard about CSS Reboot ? The idea is that twice a year, participating websites redo their CSS pages and come up with new, fun, exciting, and stylish layouts, and there are prizes...
  • Blog Post: The Power of the DIV & other BLOCK elements

    The DIV tag is one of my most hated and most loved tags in HTML. It allows you to do so much, but at the same time, can cause some headaches when things aren't lining up, or because of their block nature, finding each new div on a new line. This morning, Danny came into my office to ask how to make...
  • Blog Post: Cascading Style Sheets

    One of the areas that I own on Visual Web Developer is CSS display in the designer surface. I've had some experience with CSS, but I'm no CSS expert. I can work with it, and use it when I create my web pages/sites, but I don't really understand it's full power. For example, when I do something, and it...
  • Blog Post: Web Color Swatches

    One of the hardest things about making websites look good is getting colour swatches that work. So, I'm going to start throwing some out there that you can use in your web pages. These are colors that typically work together, you may need to mute some of them down a bit, or choose lighter versions for...
  • Blog Post: Styling Links - Making the Mundane Somewhat More Interesting

    It's been a while since I've done a CSS style post, so I figure its about time, and today I want to touch on something pretty simple, the <a> anchor tag. Most anchors are pretty boring, some blue text that is simply underlined. Some people go a bit beyond and make it change colours when you hover...
  • Blog Post: Simple Theme Example (aka StyleSheetTheme)

    One of the little projects that I've been working on lately is theme's and trying to start building a theme library for controls. So, to start that, I've created the following theme that you can use as a starting point, and from here, can start building your own themes for your websites. Eventually,...
  • Blog Post: Making Definition Lists Look Nice!

    I've been out sick the last few days and haven't gotten to do much at work or at home, and being stuck at home can get pretty boring, I can only surf the internet for so long before I get pretty bored. Even watching all the Katrina stuff I was still pretty bored, and my heart does go out to them. ...
  • Blog Post: Great CSS References!

    There was a story this morning on Slashdot talking about the test best resources for CSS and I wanted to link to the story and post a few of the links here for future reference. The original story is at http://www.sitepronews.com/archives/2005/july/20.html http://forums.site-reference.com/ http...
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