Button, button, where is the button?

Creating a Rollover Button without Javascript

JavaScript rollover buttons have been a common feature on the web for a long time now, but they do have some drawbacks. In the article below I will describe a way to make some neat looking rollover techniques with just XHTML and CSS. They aren't perfect for every situation, but they are an interesting alternative.

Why not just use MM_swapImage()?

Macromedia's (now Adobe's) ubiquitous JavaScript functions for rollovers are effective but they do have a few disadvantages:

Do you Unit?

What is Unit Testing?

In simple terms, unit testing is a definition of tests to run on your code. Usually, these tests are automated. The "unit" in unit testing means that the tests should test the smallest functional units, like functions or methods. However, unit testing does not have to be limited to only testing small parts; it can also test interactions between parts with complex combinations and variables, and even test some visual elements, like whether or not a certain image is actually shown or if a class was applied to an XHTML tag.

Mixing Conditions and Assignments

Here is another tip from "Mistakes I've Made". Don't mix up your conditions and assignments. In other words be careful about using assignment operators (like the eqauls sign '=') inside of conditional statements. Although this happened with PHP, the same problem can occur with many other languages. Let me explain...

Here is a very common way to loop:

Drupal, webform and Dynamic Checkboxes

Below you will find my description of how I made a new component for Drupal's webform module that dynamically displays a selection of checkboxes. I will go over why I made it. Then I will explain the code step by step. I have also attached a copy of the file for download.

Drupal, Firefox and the Mysterious Grey Line

Ever since I started making custom themes for Drupal, I kept running into a strange problem. If my theme or my content included a table, when I looked at it in Firefox the table would have a thin grey line on the top. I finally figured out what was causing this and I would like to share it with you.

If you want to skip the lecture, you can click here for the solution.

New Drupal "blueprint" Template for iRolo.net

Update 2008-08-22: This page has received a large amount of traffic from people looking for implementations of the Blueprint CSS theme project. Here are some links to help out those people:

Mambo and "sex"

Recently, I had trouble with the Mambo [http://mambo-foundation.org/] contact component. Sometimes, the emails would get through, and other times they would not. There did not appear to be any discernable pattern. In the end, I discovered that an innocent looking word in the subject of the email was causing the message to be blocked by some spam filters.

<pre /> Doesn't Do Style

While making the first article in the "Mistakes I've Made" series. I immediately came across the fodder for the next. I was trying to create CSS for my code examples and discovered that using <pre /> just won't cut it anymore.

Internet Explorer Speaks American

This is the first in a series of short articles called "Mistakes I've Made". In this series I plan to give examples of mistakes, misunderstandings, and problems I've encountered while coding. Maybe they will keep you from going through the same frustration.

I came across this "mistake" while making the new CSS for this site. Apparently, Internet Explorer only speaks American English. Here is the code I created:


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