An interesting technique

Here’s an interesting technique of drawing a user’s eye to an area on a page, by using a colour that fades after a couple of seconds. I know that it’s supposed to be for areas updated by the user (and I can think of at least one project for doing this), but it might work else where. I must give this a go, see what it’s actually like. It’s going to either be really good, or really bad…

(Update – having migrated my blog to WordPress, I find that it uses this technique. And it’s quite nice. It works well)

An interesting technique

Vertical Text in Internet Explorer

 

Vertical Text

CSS seems to lack an real control over text direction – it should, but of course the reality is different.

What I found was a way of making vertical in IE using some of those pointless filters, and the support IE has for top to bottom, right to left languages. It’s a bit sneaky in doing this – but it works in IE, at least. I haven’t found a way of doing it in Mozilla.
<div style="{ writing-mode:tb-rl;
filter: flipv fliph;
white-space: nowrap;}">

Vertical Text in Internet Explorer

Alpha channel PNGs in IE

Gifs suck. PNGs (Portable Network Graphics) are much better – more colours, freedom from intellectual property rights, and (best of all) an alpha channel for transparency. Some good articles:

PNG opacity (with some nice examples)

Fuzzy Drop shadows (like on Google Maps)

Transparency with HTC files

And again

– Choosing what image to serve in PHP on the server

Related: Opacity in CSS, being able to see through DIVS – CSS Transparency for IE, CSS Opacity

Alpha channel PNGs in IE