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Dec 04, 2008 How to style HR elements with decorative horizontal rules

There are many ways to make your online writings accessible and more pleasant to read: multi-tier headings, short paragraphs, justified text alignment, spacious line-height and clean gutter spacing. There is, however, one additional element that always seems to be forgotten when it comes to online publishing: The horizontal rule.

Oct 21, 2008 Shorthand PHP IF statement without the else notation

Shorthand PHP IF statement without the else notation In an earlier post I explained how to do Ternary shorthand if/else statements in PHP. One of the major benefits of using a shorthand if/else statement is that you can use it inline with a string. But what if you only need to do in inline if statement, without the else?

Oct 19, 2008 How to fix var-use-before-def-global PHP5 error within included files

How to fix var-use-before-def-global PHP5 error within included files If you make use of the code analyzer available in many modern IDE environments when coding strictly to PHP5 standards, you may have noticed that you will get errors thrown at you for using variables before they are declared in included files. For example, lets say you have two files, header.php and index.php.

Oct 11, 2008 How to insert text into a textarea where the cursor is

How to insert text into a textarea where the cursor is This javascript function will allow you to easily inject text into a textarea wherever the caret/cursor is currently at. In addition, it also makes sure that the cursor and textarea scroll amount are in the correct place after the insertion. I have tested and verified this works in Firefox, IE7, Opera, Flock, Safari, and Maxthon.

Oct 06, 2008 How to grab thumbnails for youtube and google video

How to grab thumbnails for youtube and google video Today I modified my blog topic listing layout from just a simple link list to a more traditional blog style with a summary for each topic. It was a major improvement but I felt that it was a little too bland and decided that thumbnails of the videos and images contained within each topic would make it more appealing.

Feb 22, 2008 How to create Ctrl+Key shortcuts in Javascript

Everybody loves shortcuts, so why should you deny your users of this guilty pleasure when it comes to your javascript-driven web application? Giving your users the ability to execute commands with simple shortcuts can make all the difference in the usability of your application.

Feb 11, 2008 How to properly write XHTML

It seems nowadays that everybody knows HTML/XHTML, or at the very least, they think they do. Despite the language's rather rudimentary tag set and easy context, people still do not use it correctly. In fact, its simplicity is taken for such granted, that even highly respected websites like google.com and yahoo.com fail the W3C validation tests. Here I will cover some of the most abused and least addressed issues people fail to pay attention to when writing XHTML so that it may help you code better.

Feb 06, 2008 How to select previous/next rows in MySql

I decided to add the previous post & next post navigational links that you see at the top of this page for more internal cross-links as well as an easier means to browse posts. I went to type up the code really quick and had a temporary "coding block." So naturally I check google for a quick answer and found a few results of people asking for the same thing but no posted solution that I could see.