Category Archives: CSS

Getting StartED with CSS

Getting StartED with CSS A few months ago I had the pleasure to get involved tech reviewing a book by David Powers on CSS — one of the technologies I used to work with on a daily basis before switching almost exclusively to Flash Platform development.

I have to honestly say this is most probably the best book I’ve ever read on CSS, it covers just about the entire spectrum of possible topics and focuses on pragmatic solutions to common problems. David is a very skilled author and uses clear examples to guide you through the process of building out a page and solves issues that come up as you go along.

Definitely recommend buying this book to anyone wanting to start out with CSS!



Multi-Mania 2007

Under 250 hours to go before Multi-Mania 2007 kicks off! The biggest multimedia event in Belgium, completely free of charge, will happen on May 25th at the Buda in Kortrijk.

This year is even better with numerous international speakers attending: Mike Downey, Aral Balkan, Joey Lott, Stephanie Sullivan, Mario Klingemann to name but a few.

There are 3 tracks with 7 sessions each along with a workshop track covering CS3 integration workflow, Flex 2 and mobile devices. In the evening there’s a showcase by Fantasy Interactive followed by the annual awardshow.

You don’t want to miss this! Be sure to register before it fills up and come and say hello if you’re attending.

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CSS character set encoding

I hadn’t come across this problem before today but its interesting enough to do a little blog post about.

If you use an external CSS file in your HTML and both files have a different character set encoding (in my case an HTML page in Unicode and the CSS regular ASCII) the page will not render correctly. To resolve this you need to add the @charset directive at the very top of your external CSS file, in the example below using iso-8859-1 (Latin 1) as its value.

@charset "ISO-8859-1";

#header {
	color: #666666;
	font-weight: bold;
	font-size: 14px;
	text-align: center;

Another solution is of course to save the external CSS file as Unicode, nice bit of CSS trivia nonetheless 😉

Preview component styles through windowSWF

I’ve been working on a cool little windowSWF widget for the Flash IDE that allows you to easily preview custom styles for the built-in UI components without having to compile your project each and every time.

windowSWF preview component

I’ll be showing the code for this in my session on JSFL at Flashtival, Rotterdam this coming Monday after which I’ll make it available for download — if you’re heading out to that conference you can consider this a sneak-peek of more exciting stuff to come 😉