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Upgrades All Around

As usual, I’m a little late off the blocks, but I finally took the time to upgrade to WordPress 1.5.2 and everything seems to be working just fine. I love painless upgrades.

My Firefox got an upgrade this morning, too, and, unfortunately, when I reinstalled my extensions, I failed to notice that I was installing Tabbrowser Preferences 1.2.8.4, which completely crashed Firefox for me before. So I had about five minutes of jaw grinding while I wrestled my browser away from the corrupted version and tracked down 1.2.8.5 so that I can have the proper functionality the extension gives me… and, you know, a working browser.

I’ve been out of classes sick for most of this week and now I have to get up and head to classes, with the expectation of no break between 11:30 and 5:00. Since I’m not yet 100%, I’m really not looking forward to this.

Maybe I’ll get enough work done this weekend that I can justify playing with the blog/website some more. I’ve got new layouts for both started, and I’d like to see them up even though I technically don’t have time to work on them.

Gnomicons Update 14 June 2005

Princely John I love my browser Virginia Narnia quotes on KoH icons... priceless

Just got done making the rounds after adding 82 icons to Gnomicons (subjects: The Hours, Kingdom of Heaven, The Lion in Winter, and Mozilla Firefox) and my wrists feel like they’re going to disconnect from my forearms at any second. Damn my tendonitis.

I mentioned that I love movies yesterday. Despite the smaller proportion of icons it got, The Lion in Winter is one of my current top-ten films, and it’s one I think everyone should watch at least once in their life. The movie chronicles the Christmas holiday in 1183 shared by Henry II of England, his wife Eleanor of Aquitaine, and three of their sons (Richard (the Lionheart), Geoffrey, and (Prince) John). Though the film’s timeline is not exactly accurate, the writing and acting are brilliant. It’s sort of like Casablanca in its tendency toward brilliantly witty dialogue, but where Casablanca is humorous, The Lion in Winter tends toward scathing snarkiness. Watching this, you will be convinced that there has never been a more dysfunctional family on the face of the earth. They lie, they jab, they act, they plead–and the end result, as a viewer, is that you can never be sure which face, particularly those of Eleanor (played by Katharine Hepburn, who won an Oscar for her role), is the honest one. All in all, an excellent film.

Using Firefox for Web Design

One of the great frustrations of web design, for me, is dealing with cross-browser differences in rendering code. The worst part of putting together the new design here at Gnomicons was probably not creating the PHP scripts (although those caused plenty of trouble, too), but getting the CSS stylesheets that position everything to render properly in both Microsoft Internet Explorer and Mozilla Firefox, the two browsers I use for design testing. (I have the regular Mozilla suite as well, but I figure that it renders things the same way that Firefox does, and I regularly surf using Firefox, so it gets used to evaluate my site.) While most of my site’s visitors use IE to view the site, I avoid that browser as much as possible because of its lack of W3C standards compliance. Firefox, on the other hand, is pretty strict in its standards compliance, so I feel pretty comfortable that the site is functioning properly if both IE and Firefox can render it.

Firefox has a lot of features (particularly in some of its extensions) that can help a web designer out whether they’re a complete beginner or a long-time pro. Here are some of the ones that I recommend:

  • View–> Page Source — Yes, it’s obvious, but when you have scripts that are giving information to the browser, this can be very helpful in pinpointing problems. IE has the same option under View –> Source. Both programs also offer it on the right-click menu.
  • View This Page in IE — This option is available on a right-click menu after installing the IE View extension in Firefox. It’s simple, but enormously effective. Note: There hasn’t been a 1.0+ compatible release of this extension, but I got the extension in the 1.0PR release of Firefox and it continued operating after I upgraded.
  • Resize –> 800 x 600 — This is one of the first features in the Web Developer extension that I wish I’d had and used in making this version of the site. The site still requires a bit of scrolling at 800 x 600, I think, but it’s not too, too bad.
  • Outline –> Block Level Elements (WDE) — I don’t doubt that this is what my friend Mark used to help me get the CSS positioning right. When I installed this extension and tried that on my site, my eyes glazed over with happiness. Life will be much easier from now on.
  • Images –> Find Broken Images (WDE) — I run a graphics site. Hello.

I could go on and on about some of the other features in the WDE, but I won’t. I’ll just suggest that anyone using Firefox who does any sort of web design go out and get it because it will make your life easier. And for those of you who don’t use Firefox, well, of course, I encourage you to click the button to the left and go get it! The program is wonderful and easy-to-use whether you’re a programmer or not. Besides, once you experience tabbed browsing, there’s no going back!