WPDFD Issue #74 - May 01, 2004

In trying to keep these tutorials as simple as possible, I have left out some more complicated aspects which are not key to learning the principles – but can't be ignored. Without going too deeply into the inner workings, I'm going to explain how to make sure that you and the browsers are talking the same language. That means putting a line of text at the top of your Web page markup called a 'DocType' – the type of document it is.

Dynamic CSS animation

Last month I introduced the concept of 'film-strip' rollovers and promised to show some more examples this time. You are probably familiar with the term 'Dynamic HTML'. DHTML suffered badly from cross-browser consistency and has more or less fallen by the wayside. Using CSS along with JavaScript gives us ‘Dynamic CSS’ which is a lot more reliable and not too difficult to grasp as soon as you understand the basic principles of how to make CSS boxes, or their contents, move.

MacGimp

I have no idea what a 'Gimp' is but computer users of a UNIX persuasion will recognise that it as the name of an open source (read 'free') graphics editor that is often compared to PhotoShop for its range of features and abilities. 'Open source' means that the source code is available at no cost to anybody that wants to download it, use it, modify it, use it to fill empty hard drives – whatever.

Netscape lives?

I used to be very fond of a good horror movie. I'm not talking about the Freddie-come-latelies but the classic Frankenstein, Dracula, Wolfman and 'living dead' movies that are now being resurrected by Universal Studios to support the new Van Helsing blockbuster. Reports this week tell of the necrotic hand of yet another monster breaking unhallowed soil to grasp at the full moon. The return of the Son of the Daughter of Netscape Seven rises from the dead, rides again, meets Abbott and Costello, the sequel - TWO, is about to hit the screen!