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Tech: A Welcome Respite

It’s long past time for me to return to technical writing, if only because I need a respite from the battle against Trump and his evil minions. It helps that there is a lot to be excited about—in a good way—in the tech world. The Node community seems to be moving beyond its early growing […]

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Embedded fonts with font-face

I’m experimenting with my first attempt at using embedded fonts here at RealTech. I’m using the Gentium Basic TrueType font, which I downloaded from Font Squirrel. Since Internet Explorer doesn’t support truetype fonts, I had to use the ttf2eot application to convert the truetype into EOT, which is what Microsoft supports. Edward O’Connor has a […]

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Air Minimalism

I’ve noticed a growing trend towards more organic web designs, lately. We see fewer sites with rounded corner header graphics, plastic colors, and infinite reflections, and more with images seemingly plastered across the page, and then allowed to weather and age until looking like the wall paper in our Aunt Sally’s fusty old apartment. I […]

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The Tyranny of Standards

Originally published December 19, 2000, at O’Reilly (Wayback Machine archive). Before proceeding into the core of this article, I want to say one thing to you: challenge your assumptions. Challenge your assumption that all Internet services are provided by a Web server and consumed by a browser. Challenge your assumption that chaos within a development […]

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Using Old Page layout tricks with new technology

Originally published at Netscape Enterprise Developer, now archived at the Wayback Machine Prior to the release of Netscape Navigator 4.0 and Microsoft Internet Explorer 4.0, Web developers had to use a lot of tricks to control the layout and looks of a Web page. There was no easy way to control the positioning of elements […]