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IE8 Performance Problems

I am still testing IE8 on my home machine, and ran across a page that shows some performance issues with the new browser. When I open up this page in IE8, the browser is extremely slow after the page finishes loading. I have not taken the time to dig real […]

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An easy fix for unwanted CSS caching

I ran into a nasty little issue with the current version of Firefox (1.5) where it would not pick up changes to a CSS file without having to manually empty the browser cache. Since I noticed this issue on a public web site, having to send out a bunch of […]

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Diaz’s list of ‘Top 10 custom JavaScript functions’

Dustin Diaz has posted his “Top 10 custom JavaScript functions of all time“: If there was ever a universal common.js shared among the entire develosphere, you’d fine these ten (plus one bonus) functions. It would be the swiss army knife no developer would go into production without. They have no […]

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IE font nastiness when using opacity filters

I’ve been working with the Scriptaculous library to do some fade in/out effects on some text. I recently migrated to a new machine with XP on it (yes, I’m MS Current ™ now), and noticed the text gets all nasty. It appears over-bolded and extremely jagged – almost illegible, like […]

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Optimizing PNG Images

I generally like PNG files better than GIF images for use on the web. PNG files seem to have more utilities to get a better compression ratio out of them then GIF files do. Here is the process I’ll go through on a Windows machine to get a tight PNG […]

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Make that JavaScript quicker!

JavaScript Optimization Finally! Someone made a proof that the switch statement is quicker than if/else if/else. I’ve wondered that for a long time, but never taken the time to test it. This site also has many other optimization tips for JavaScript.

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A great z-index tutorial (advanced)

Update: Looks like the link is dead. Check out the reference from Baloo: Understanding z-index I was running into a really weird problem in IE with some elements appearing behind others in the z-index, when in my mind they shouldn’t be. Everything would work fine in Firefox, but I just […]

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IE + XP SP2 Compatibility Evaluator

If you develop web applications, you may have already been aware for awhile now that the behavior of IE changed with XP Service Pack 2. If not, surprise! 🙂 To help troubleshoot any problem (‘gotcha’) areas, you can use the Internet Explorer Compatibility Evaluator *. According to the IEBlog entry, […]

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The Zen of CSS Design

I ordered The Zen of CSS Design last night. I had seen it on David Shae’s blog, and also ran into it at a local Borders. The book appears to go through several of the CSS redesigns for the CSS Zen Garden, and looks to have a bunch of great […]

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