Archive for November, 2011

Improve Your WordPress Design with WordPress 3.3 Beta 3

Tuesday, November 29th, 2011

After the launch of WordPress 3.3 beta 2, the wordpress developers are all set to bring out its new version in the form of wordpress 3.3 beta 3. This new version is mainly focused on improving the user experience of all kind of users and not only the ones that are involved in the development of wordpress websites.

The wordpress 3.3 beta 2 facilitated features like an updated blue theme, fixed IE7 and RTL support, improved flyout menu and contextual help styling, removal of unwanted bugs and several glitches, facilitation of welcome box to get new installs, etc. Now, its new version is not much different from its last one. However, its has definitely added more efficiency in wordpress development by getting more bugs fixed, making things prettier than before and by editing several text strings.

As per the current status, the launch has not been made but is very near and presently some tests are being made so as to detect any kind of incompatibility left in this particular version. Beta 3 also uses JQuery 1.7, which makes it much more advanced and less complicated. The introduction of JQuery with wordpress 3.3 will also help the wordpress developers to easily check plugins and themes in their wordpress design against beta 3.

The four most important features that you will get with wordpress 3.3 beta 3 includes responsive layout, postname permalinks, JQuery 1.7 and JQuery UI 1.8.16 and the wordpress editor API. Its responsive layout makes the left side menu to collapse on smaller screens automatically while the postname permalinks makes the wordpress setting usable for sites that contain large number of posts and pages. Its wordpress editor API will let the plugin developers to customize the post editor including the TinyMCE buttons.

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Attributes of HTML5

Thursday, November 24th, 2011

Most of the attributes that are found in HTML 5 may seem to be same compared to the previous versions but the same existing attributes have been introduced in addition to some new elements like the element of <base> now consist of a attribute target of <a> element. Here are some more attributes that have encouraged developers to convert to html 5. The first one is the content editable attribute which states that if the user is able to change the markup or edit the element.

The second attribute by the name of context menu allows a user to create an id attribute for the <menu> element. However, some feel that this attribute is yet to be practically tested. The data* feature is more of a prefix of the attribute that enables you to add any value to the attribute like <button type=”button” data-foo=”foo”>My Button</button>. This features assists in avoiding any clashes with the future version of HTML but it also has a limitation of not being able to be used with user agent extension.

Most of the tags and attributes in HTML5 have been built of web application purpose like the event handlers for drag and drop options like ONDRAG, ONDRAGSTART, ONDRAGSTOP, ONDROP and many more.

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Reformulation of HTML to XHTML

Thursday, November 17th, 2011

XHTML stands for extensible hyper text mark-up language and it can be considered as a reformulation of the previous version of HTML 4.0. It is because of the numerous benefits that XHTML documents have the conversion of HTML to XHTML has become a trend in the IT development arena.

There are three different types of XHTML documents that are entirely based on XML DTD, which stands for Document type definition used in a document and these three types of document are:

• Transitional documents that allow the embedding of presentation tags in the document. This is considered to be one of the safest modes

• Frameset documents are used to describe frames in an XHTML documents

• Strict documents are used when a XHTML document is empty of Cascading style sheets and format tags  like <Font>

There are certain common rules that should be considered while converting HTML to XHTML like the declaration used in the HTML document should also be included in the XHTML document as well so that the page is compatible with older browsers. A developer should also make sure that all the tag elements of XHTML are in lower case that is it should be written as <html> and <body> respectively. Unlike HTML all XHTML should be having an end tag with the starting tag that is every paragraph should end with </p>.

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Significance of Table less XHTML Conversion

Tuesday, November 8th, 2011

A PSD file can be converted into an internet compatible file through conversion into HTML, XHTML or CSS files. XHTML conversion in this process provides many kinds of advantages, as it takes the HTML conversion process to another improved level. Thus, most of the developers prefer slicing PSD files into table less XHTML layout. Table is generally an essential component of these conversion processes but with the improvement in technologies over the last decade, developers now use more of table less methods for the purpose. Table less designs are basically hand-coded, based on SEO semantic coding, cross browser compatible, W3C valid and easy to integrate with any CMS.

Opting for table less XHTML conversion also provides several advantages over other methods. These include time saving, cross browser compatibility, customized slicing, lighter applications, SEO friendliness and elimination of error codes. The accessibility factor of websites also largely improves through table less designs. Most of the time in this process is saved on the bandwidth and the use of meaningless tags is also completely avoided. Once you opt for table less designs, you can also easily make global changes in it by using CSS.

Often developers remain under the debate that table based designs are better than the table less ones. This is because they consider tables as more compatible with variety of browsers. But the ones that don’t support them have the logic that tables do not support web standards and web accessibility. At the end of this discussion table-less design are said to be better and more successful for the conversion that has also led to a massive boost in the popularity of CSS.

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Know How to Convert Image to HTML

Friday, November 4th, 2011

Converting an image into a HTML coded file is not only a necessity but also offers many useful advantages. Generally this process requires professional web development knowledge to be accomplished. However, if you are versed with the basic development knowledge then the process of image to HTML conversion can be accomplished even by you.

With the help of few HTML coded snippets, one can easily embed an image into a HTML coded web page or other such web based HTML or XHTML documents.

The first step in this process is saving the image to be converted at a specific web address i.e. online. If you decide to save the picture locally at the first place then, as the next step you would need to upload it on a web server. If you don’t own a website, then image sharing applications like Picasa can be used for the purpose. Once the image is saved, take a note of its URL. Don’t forget to specify the pixels and size of the image while saving it.

The next step is to open a HTML document where you will use the image tag and its exact URL to turn your mage into a HTML coded file. This will make the image appear to the user that opens the particular document through a web browser or other such program.

After this, adjust the width of your image as per the size you want it to appear. Now again make use of the URL of your image as per its location to take help in shrinking or stretching the image. Once you are satisfied with the size and appearance of the image then finally turn your image into a link with the help of anchor tag embedded in it.

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Reasons to Choose Manual PSD to HTML Conversion

Tuesday, November 1st, 2011

PSD can be converted into a HTML coded file by two ways i.e. automatically and manually. There has been always a debate regarding which option is better as both of them have their own pros and cons. However, many of the web designing experts believes that manual conversion of PSD files is much more customized as compared to automatic conversion. In this blog, we will discuss the advantages that manual PSD to HTML enjoys over automatic conversion.

For those who are unaware of the basic difference between automatic and manual PSD conversions, let us go through a quick introduction. Firstly, manual conversion is the process where the entire task of conversion is carried on by human beings, with minimum use of tools and equipments. On the other hand, automatic conversion is the process where the task of converting PSD files is left more to the reliability and knowledge of professional tools and equipments.

The process of automatic PSD to HTML conversion possesses a few drawbacks. The most important one in this category is the quality of the process. When using automatic means, the process is bounded by the capabilities of the tools due to which it lacks creativity and customization. Moreover, it is a big risk to leave any process completely to the hands of a machine or tool.

On the other hand, when we talk about manual conversion, it brings precision, customization and innovation to the process. Manual coding is accomplished by exert coders that carry profound knowledge and talent to fetch desired results. Along with all this, manual coding also brings cross-browser compatibility and better functioning for the website.

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