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Tweaking your CSS and your code so your pages render nicely regardless of the user's browser is, we all know that, a very time-consuming hassle. But there's more into it than just cross-browser consistency. Fonts might not display the same way on a mac and on a PC — in fact, that nice font you used for your headings might not even exist on the other platform. Now what? Hopefully, there's Typechart.

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It's been 6 months, since our last blog post. 6 months full of projects, of contracts, of customer meetings, of countless late work nights. We showed less signs of life than Han Solo in his carbonite prison. Some even asked us, kindly: “Are you dead”?

Well, we're not.

We've been busy far beyond our expectations — which is good, we won't complain about that. But we've neglected our audience, and that wasn't good. So in the future, we'll make every effort to try to post at least once a week. Those last 6 months, we've gathered tons of valuable resources, and we think it's just fair that you get your hands on it.

So stay tuned !

When it comes to creating content, there are two options: either you rely on the software installed on your machines, or you use online applications. Of course, these two options are quite different: you can do much more with Gimp or NVU than with an online form generator or an online button maker. But to save time, ask yourself: is it worth launching Photoshop every time you need to design a background pattern?

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Web typography is something unique. Over the years, it has suffered because of a comparison with printed typography. And despite numerous and obvious similarites, it is the fundamental differences between the two disciplines that have caused problems. It's time to recover the control of your typography.

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Holidays are over, and it's time to get back to serious things. After a 10-weeks blog break and lots of things done on the business side, we resume our daily investigations for the best free resources on the web. And today we start with JQuery.

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If you're like me, you probably hate IE6. 80% of my CSS debugging is spent on IE6, as well as 70% of my JS debugging. It's an incredible waste of time. So why not try to encourage our visitors to move away from that piece of crap? It's quite easy, you'll see. All it requires is a bit of HTML.

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Web development is a delicate and complex discipline, and requires an in-depth knowledge of the many architectures that exist today. The basics of these architectures — DOM Core, HTML, CSS and Events — are contained into the W3C DOM specifications. The DOM, which stands for Document Object Model, is the most essential concept in web design and development: it's the model that describes how all elements in a HTML page (like input fields, images, paragraphs, etc.) are related to the topmost structure — the document itself.

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SEO, SEO, SEO... Three little letters, so many troubles. SEO — which, btw, stands for Search Engine Optimization — is too often considered as of low importance when starting the design of a web site. That is quite surprising, since it is commonly agreed that the SEO techniques can be easily applied from the very beginning of the design process. But far more concerning, it appears that about 25% of the professionals involved into web production don't have a clue what SEO is.

In a very comprehensive article, Nick La, who runs famous websites like WebDesignerWall and N.Design Studios, reviews the fundamentals of SEO for web designers, explains the common mistakes and provides some tips to avoid the major roadblocks.

» SEO Guide for Designers

The guys at Frexy really love icon design. In the past few months, Min Tran and Vu Tran have worked on two icon sets called “Bright!” and “Milky”, and now they happily release both as free resources for you.

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Frilly bits” seems to aptly describe what are typically called ornaments, fleurons, vignettes, embellishments, or in some cases, frippery. Type ornaments, also termed printer’s ornaments, have been used in conjunction with type for literally hundreds of years. Of course, nowadays it’s all too easy to abuse these design elements, adding them merely for decoration rather than communication. But in the hands of an accomplished designer who knows how to use them appropriately and in moderation, type ornaments can serve to beautify and enhance a design.

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