WPDFD Issue #70 - January 01, 2004

What's New

Web Design Directory Do you need a Web designer or some help with a project that you are working on yourself? The Web Design Directory has hundreds of searchable listings covering every aspect of the business. Designers, illustrators, programmers, hosting companies. They are all there! WebMerge 2.3 WebMerge 2.3, an upgrade to its popular tool for Mac OS and Windows that generates static Web pages from database or spreadsheet data.

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CSS from the Ground Up

Introduction If you are frightened by the prospects of using Cascading Style Sheets, there's no need to be. Using a computer can be daunting for someone coming to it afresh but after a while, you think nothing of it. It all comes down to taking small steps to begin with and that's what I'm going to do in this series of tutorials. One step at a time! Whether you normally use a WYSIWYG editor and stay clear of that source stuff in the background or even if you have never created a Web page at all, this tutorial will set you off in the right direction.

Footnote

Drawing with CSS How to draw simple charts using basic CSS elements CSS has the ability to draw rectangles with borders and fills. With a little bit of lateral thinking, it doesn't take too much effort to draw simple business charts. Okay, it's not as instant as Excel, but much lower in bandwidth requirements than any image file. To demonstrate the techniques, I'm going to use the data that you, the readers, supplied in last month's WPDFD Browser Survey.

Step 12 – Styling Tables Although tables have been used for page layout since the dark ages of the Web, I think I've shown in this series that CSS layouts offer much more scope and versatility. Tables are meant for displaying tabular data, the kind of thing you would usually do in a spreadsheet where you need to line-up rows and columns of figures or words. In earlier times, (and older browsers), you could change the look of table and their cells using the various table properties - background colours, background images, etc.

What's New

WebMerge 2.3 WebMerge 2.3, an upgrade to its popular tool for Mac OS and Windows that generates static Web pages from database or spreadsheet data. The new version provides a convenient TagMaker utility for point-and-click tag writing, search-and-replace options in field tags, preset delimiters for parsing affiliate program data feeds, a debugger tool, and other new features. Free trial version available.

Subscribe Me Pro

If you need to send out a regular newsletter, as I do, there are several options. You can sign-up to a site that sends out mailing lists for you, you can use a bulk mailing program and send it yourself or you can install a script on your server to do it for you automatically. I've tried them all. The first was Topica.com , which used to offer their services free for small lists, but then they started putting ads in the mailings and now they charge $24.95 to send up to 10,000 mails.

Drawing with CSS

Drawing with CSS how to draw simple charts using basic CSS elements CSS has the ability to draw rectangles with borders and fills. With a little bit of lateral thinking, it doesn't take too much effort to draw simple business charts. Okay, it's not as instant as Excel, but much lower in bandwidth requirements than any image file. To demonstrate the techniques, I'm going to use the data that you, the readers, supplied in last month's WPDFD Browser Survey.