July 27th, 2007

go me!

Summer Board Meeting -- Was a Success! And I'm Starting to Get It...

Marilyn's mistressmarilyn Summer Board Meeting (well, the festival's meeting) was a success! That's very good news, as we both had huge reservations heading toward it this week...

Marilyn wore a fabulous new dress that she got months ago -- and she looked great! (I hope someone got good photos to share...)

One of my goals today was to stay in my pajamas all day long (grin), which I managed to do! Yes, I still did a bunch of work, but I never got dressed to do it.

While Marilyn was at her meeting, I tried out what I've been learning about designing websites without using tables. Is a very alien concept to me, as I first learned HTML years back -- and it was all done with tables at the time. But it's been my goal for ages now to learn how to use CSS sans tables, and I'm finally getting it!

I must admit that it's due to a wonderful book. (I'll share the title and links later. But I highly recommend it, if you want to learn how.) The author really explains things well. I've tried to comprehend this before with little or no success...

Frankly, excuse me while I brag a bit, but I'm starting to get CSS better all the time. I've been able to use it for ages, but never got some of the more complicated aspects. But now I'm on my way to being able to use it here at LJ more often -- and that's a good thing!

I guess my PowerPoint presentation for tonight's meeting turned out okay. It was nothing fancy, but my background image (that I mentioned HERE) got some attention again. Plus they showed the KGW footage that used that same graphic, so I can afford to be proud in this instance. (I still can't believe that my graphic has been used and circulated so widely. I like to think my high school art teacher would be pleased. She always wanted me to pursue my artist talents...

Speaking of Gertrude (that's her name), I used her (again) as a character in my recent Writing Circle story. This time I used both first and last name. What the hell, I think she'd approve! Bless her. She was an amazing teacher and friend.

Well, it's 1:30 (almost), so I'm off to bed!

css gotta

CSS -- Still Coding!

Yes.

I'm still coding away. (smile)

I've been practising what I've learned reading this book, written by author Dan Shafer (an interesting man), titled: HTML Utopia: Designing Without Tables Using CSS

(And, yes, I do want the the latest edition of the book -- assuming Shafer is still involved with the project! I can really follow what he's said in the above-named book, so I don't want to swap to a different author at this point. I just have to decide if I'm going to go out and buy it -- or send away for it.)

HTML Utopia: Designing Without Tables Using CSS

It seems like all old friend, as I pack it around the house and many other places I go. (smile) I just look for that distinctive orange, white and navy cover!

I'm just starting to put all the reading to practical use, anyway. After numerous (and I mean!) attempts, I came up with a rather cool design. I think it's very cool that you can achieve that effect simply by using CSS. I remember when I wanted to use images and rollovers -- which is a ton more work.

For the record, this displays quite differently in Internet Explorer (and clones, like Deepnet) than it does in Firefox. I don't know why all the various browsers can't get their acts together and make sure CSS will work as it should when applied to them! That's outrageous, as far as I'm concerned...

So -- why CSS sans tables???

You may well be asking why I'm so crazy for the idea of code that minimizes the use of tables. I think that's a very valid question! Why bother to re-code an entire website, for example?

Well, tables take a long time to load (just as images do). No-table (or minimum table) coding is just as 'lean and mean' as it's touted to be! It's amazing how fast it loads.

And when you look at a page that contains nested tables (tables inside tables inside tables), the code is a real mess to view! If you should happen to need to make changes, it's a real bear. (shudder)

But when the styling is done in a style sheet, using CSS, then the actual HTML coded pages are very easy to view -- and edit.

Plus, say I want to suddenly change all the colors of my site -- or the fonts, or whatever. Then I just open the one style sheet and do exactly that! I don't need to go to every page and recode.

What a deal!

Hey, you can tell by looking at that sample that I'm not really going for anything all that fancy here. The coding is very basic, as is the page design. I don't need anything too fancy, as it's really all about the fic at our website...

Still, it looks better than the current version...

I have several tweaks to apply before I'm ready to re-code the full website. But I'm pretty close, I think. And I'm delighted at the thought that it will all be done without using tables at all! That's nothing short of incredible, in my book.

CSS, I love you! Now if I can only learn more about the ins and outs...

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Friday...

Today was the festival's Staff Picnic -- so Marilyn mistressmarilyn spent much of the day there. We did go for Starbuck's before she left, though. (smile)

I think she had a good time, anyway. Actually, she may have had too good a time. (grin) She's downstairs sleeping it off as we speak. (Well, as I type.)

Several board members were there -- and they keep her well oiled, it seems. She apparently started off with a nice big drink within minutes of arriving, and then kept on going. There was no tennis played today, in other words.

We were supposed to meet Ira tonight to go and see "From One Rose" (the festival motion picture) with him, but I phoned and explained. He seemed cool with that.

I talked to Mitch yesterday on the phone. We'll be seeing him in the morning, as he's playing the organ for the festival-related funeral we're attending...

I think we'll be working tomorrow (in the office???), too. Then we'll be attending A Midsummer's Night at Lone Fir Cemetery (from 5:00 - 7:30 pm), put on by the Friends of Lone Fir Cemetery (Marilyn's giving a short speech).

I think it would be fun if Mitch joined us. I guess we can ask him in the morning!

I need to wash my hair -- and can't decide if I should do it now, or wait until morning. (sigh) Such important issues to resolve! (heh)

Oh, I did visit with June and Jim briefly today. Well, around 45 minutes, I guess. Then I talked to neighbor Doug for around half an hour...