May 14th, 2008

css gotta

CSS: Float and Clear Properties...

I still seem to have 'issues' with the float and clear properties...

For those of you who have decided to dump the align property in favor of floats, good for you! It's the way we should all be doing it now, considering align is now deprecated...

My recent 'goof' wasn't how I was using clear at all, it turned out. I'd simply spelled the word 'style' wrong (!!!) and didn't catch it right away. How annoying to keep trying to reason out why the clear wouldn't work, when it was just a spelling error!

I'm glad that for the most part I'm good at spelling -- and I can catch my own coding errors (including bad spelling). If things break, I've got nobody I can turn to -- so it forces me to look and really see what's there!

In Other Coding News (heh), I managed to use a divide to make a neat little box around some text today. It looked something like this:

I'm in a box!

Yes, that can be done with a transparent background, too -- but when you're defining any colors here at LiveJournal, you need to be sure to put a background behind them. (Feel free to ask me why that's true, if for some reason you don't know!) That's cool: Using CSS I just defined a <b> tag as being italic and having normal weight, meaning it didn't show up bolded. I'm not sure why that's so cool, but it is. (grin)

I imagine this all seems like a game I play -- and in some ways that might be true! (smile) But I'm getting good enough now at CSS not to be looking things up (like I used to), and to be able to really dash off code as I work. I probably type as well in code as I do for standard (non-code) text now. Or almost...

May I mention again how glad I am that I learned how to code by hand??? It means you have to learn the code, or you can't produce anything.

I'm sure it's great to be able to do code with various applications. I might even want to learn how someday. But doing the code this way means I can read it -- and even understand it. At least, most of the time I can! (grin)

That's another good thing, working with code you didn't originally create! I've had to reason out what various portions of the code at the work site are designed to do, because there was no one around to tell me. And with CSS, you can do things in so many ways -- so it's been interesting, to say the least!

I could probably write a book on what it was like learning the interaction between one instance of webpage code, the various SSIs (Server Side Includes) and the style sheet, for example! I adore SSIs now and wish Marilyn mistressmarilyn and I had a domain host that supported them inexpensively. They really make for great and simple-to-change navigation -- without using Javascript or frames (ugh).

Today I was 'tweaking' the style sheet (yet again) and then tweaking the appearance of a portion of the Home page. It's still not exactly where I'd like it to be (sigh), but sooner or later I'll get it there.

In the meantime, another website professional complimented the site yesterday, not realizing that I'm the webmaster. It was cool to hear what he had to say -- and to realize he was actually talking about my work. (After all, I'm still changing the original site, so it's not like I designed the thing. But he specifically referred to things that are mine, so...)

It seems like every day I learn something new about web coding. Seriously! And it makes me so very happy!

Well, I've got piles of work to do -- and I also need to tackle the garbage and recycling (funny how that never goes away, isn't it?). And it's starting to get dark...
hug tree, charlie hug tree

I Have a Life Aside from Coding...

Last weekend the garage door opener failed to work. So Monday I had to get our wonderful neighbor Jim to come over and look at it. He moved the car and got down the ladder and we discovered it was just the fuse (or whatever that is) located in the switch -- something I could have done with no help at all. (sigh) Next time I'll know better, anyway.

Yes. It's been cold here. My right heel and hands (and even my hip) have been killing me. But today the weather was warmer -- and we're now expecting some really HOT weather. Can it just hang around for the festival, please? Thanks, God. (grin)

I  get my hair cut tomorrow, thank heaven. Dorine is working me in 'just this once' (it's not like the old days with Debbie where I could almost always get in the same day). My hair feels too long on top and just too heavy, and is driving me nuts -- so I'm glad I can get it done!

Kent is coming in tomorrow to the office. Oh, joy.

Marilyn mistressmarilyn and I were asked to judge a rose contest the day after the parade. It's a big, big honor and came as a total surprise...

The cats are good. They still run to see people who come to visit, which delights the hell out of me. I've never had cats that love everyone so much the way these two do!

My latest manicure is with 'pearl' tips, rather than white. I should take a photo, as they look fabulous. I had them done the weekend before last, and they still look perfect. (May 4, that is.)

We got a cord to use for our iPod-ready festival car at Radio Shack. It was after closing (an hour after!), but I knocked and the guys let me in and were nice as can be! I guess the whole 'but we need to play our iPods!' begging impressed them. (heh)

I  want a 4 gig Lexar jump drive in the worst possible way! I'm maxing out the [cough]four[cough] drives I have, which are each 1 gig... Now the 4 gig is cheaper than the 1 gig used to be! I'm getting one for sure! Seriously. (Not sure when, but I am!!!)

No bad news with my teeth (knock on wood). I'm hoping they'll be fine indefinately -- but especially through the festival...

Marilyn got flowers for Mother's Day. It was from her imaginary children, Natasha and Willie Joe. (smile)

Next time around, I think I'll catch up on what I've been watching on TV, including the movies I've seen...

Oh. And I'll probably avoid the wacky capital letters for each paragraph. But it was fun this time -- wasn't it? (grin)