Archive for November, 2009

My chest filled to explode

Sunday, November 29th, 2009

Apologies to David McComb. For those who do not follow my twitter feed, I will tell you what happened over the past few days.

I was riding to work on Friday morning, when I started having a pain in the chest …

RGBa backgrounds in IE

Sunday, November 8th, 2009

RGBa is the new black, with support in most modern Safari 3, Firefox 3 and Opera 10, you can have semi transparent elements. Only there is no support currently in IE for RGBa.

However, you can easily fake it for backgrounds of block elements in IE with
filter:progid:DXImageTransform.Microsoft.Gradient(GradientType=1, StartColorStr='#aaRRBBGG', EndColorStr='#aaRRBBGG);
The filter gradient places a alpha channel colour gradient over the background. So as long the background is transparent, the start and end colours the same and the alpha (aa) channel a value greater than 0 (fully transparent) and FF (fully opaque), you get a block element in IE with a RGBa background. You can see an example of RGBa in action in IE

Why use CSS Zen Garden for CSS3 demo

Friday, November 6th, 2009

For those who have not seen my Edge of the Web CSS3 demonstration I used the CSS Zen Garden HTML. Why, because I wanted to use somebody else’s HTML, mainly because I wanted to show it works with any HTML and that most people would be familiar with the site.

I will not submit it, because Dave has not accepted any new submissions almost two year, my demo is far from the visual standard of most other design and I broke one major rule the CSS does not validate.

CSS3 presentations at EOTW09 and WebJam11

Thursday, November 5th, 2009

I really enjoyed developing my presentation for Edge of the Web. The research and experimentation was a lot of fun. Explore the demo using CSS Zen Garden HTML and seriously try it in IE6, the WebJam presentation with some even more outrageous transitions needs Safari4 or FF3.7 and a little exploring with a mouse.

What I learnt is enough from probably a dozen blog posts, so hopefully I will be writing lot in the next few weeks.