On the div with the page background - try playing with the position property.

Not that I was trying to do your homework for you smile but I came up with a demo as to how this could work: http://iamdanielmarino.com/projects/par … checkboxes

*Update: My coworker found this also which is much cooler than my demo: http://code.google.com/p/jquery-tristate-checkbox/

Do you have any code to start with. Have you thought about the HTML structure? From what it sounds like you're describing, the parent checkbox has independent functionality - meaning that if it is checked/unchecked - nothing happens to the children checkboxes, and if the child checkbox is checked/unchecked, then it's corresponding parent checkbox is checked/unchecked depending on the status of its child.

As far as code reusability goes - to me it would make more sense to give some sort of id/class, rather than creating a function where you could pass a variable. If you use a class/classes you'll have reusability because classes can be used multiple times on a page (if that's your main concern).


(3 replies, posted in CSS Discussion)

I realize this is an older post, but thought I'd share my insight.

If you're using the CSS3 box-shadow attribute, it applies it outside of the element width, without increasing the elements width (see http://iamdanielmarino.com for an example).

I originally built my site without using the CSS3 box-shadow property and had built the graphics to work inside of the grid. It much easier to me to do that than to have to adjust the grid settings (and kind of defeats the purpose).


(8 replies, posted in Content Management)

I've worked with Joomla and loath it... it's backend is frustrating to use. The install I used was really slow - that may or may not have to do with Joomla, but at the time it didn't help the experience. I use Txp for my personal site and it works really well for that, but I have nothing against EE or Wordpress if the suite your needs.

I know the web is sort of on a Drupal kick right now, but I haven't used it. To be honest it kind of turns me off. This may or may not be fair, but I think I'm biased because the majority of sites I've seen used it are horribly designed. I guess I could say the same for any CMS out there. I'm not a big fan of all the code (classes in particular) it outputs for modules, but having not used it, I don't know if there's a way to correct that.


(4 replies, posted in Shoot the Breeze)

I'd go with the php/mysql method for a few reasons, some of which have already been mentioned.

1. The time it takes to make the request would only be a matter of milliseconds - it wouldn't even be noticeable
2. Using .htaccess would become annoying to maintain over time
3. Using a 301 would be misleading because that means it's a "permanently moved" and you're not really moving something, you're just creating another url that's simple to read, where as a 302 means "found" - so if you were to go with the .htaccess method, I'd use 302.

I want to support your efforts, but I have a problem with sites aiming their content towards Christians with objectionable material such as this: http://www.faithfulnews.com/index.php/c … ntent/3981

If it's an accident or spam, there needs to be some sort of screening process.

They offer RSS feeds and an API (http://wiki.smugmug.net/display/SmugMug/API) you could use Javascript (or do it serverside) to dynamically display images on the page - see this post http://godbit.com/forum/viewtopic.php?id=4578 to see how you can do this with JS and jQuery.

I apologize, but this doesn't answer the question you asked above. I don't have IE6 available at the moment (though I ask is it to your benefit to spend the time making it usable in IE6?) but I noticed that the black bar in the bottom right with "Web Sites / Graphic Design / Logos etc..." is positioned behind the two columns - is it suppose to be like that because they appear to be clickable links?


(13 replies, posted in Shoot the Breeze)

I'm still here too guys. Yeah it's been too quiet. I think twitter can take some of the blame. I know that I haven't had any questions lately to post, and most of the questions I see are either too time consuming to figure out or out of my area of expertise. I follow some Godbitters that I got friendly with on Twitter.

Maybe something needs to be done to help put a spark back into the forum, I'd hate to see it whither away. Maybe there's a way for twitter posts with the hashtag #godbit to appear here? Maybe even a step further where hash tags are setup for forum categories so it would be something like this:

"This is my twitter question, I'm a n00b, blah blah blah. #godbit #css"

and other categories would be something like #html, #ror, #php, #asp, #pray, #misc, etc...

I don't know if there's already a plugin like this that exists for PunBB. I'm sure it wouldn't even be too hard to code (not that I'm the best candidate for that), though it would probably require some modifications to the database.

What do others think?

I wrote a custom script that's combined the jquery cycle plugin: http://malsup.com/jquery/cycle/

you can view the slideshow (in the small picture frame on the right) http://decorahchurch.markupfactory.com/news-events/

and the script is here http://decorahchurch.markupfactory.com/ … ch/main.js

I attend a small church that doesn't use any social apps, and barely has a website. If it did use any social apps, I'd follow on Twitter - because it's quick and easy.


(12 replies, posted in Shoot the Breeze)

It would be cool if there were a PunBB plugin or something that if you associate it with a twitter account (say @gbforum or whatev) and if you tweet @gbforum (or whatev), it would display in the forum. Maybe even have it recognize hash tags for categorizing/organizing the tweets in the forum. You heard it here first folks!

Looks good - I agree with Chris, don't think I would change anything design-wise.

However it took a loooong time for me to even see anything on the page (290K on the home page). You've got a ton of external CSS and JS files - I would combine some of those to reduce lookup queries. It also looks like you're loading jQuery twice and you're also using Prototype/Scriptaculous. Why not just use one JS library? And if you decide to go with jQuery - why not load that from google like Prototype is (looks like it's being served locally)?


(3 replies, posted in Shoot the Breeze)

I actually finally got it to install eventually. I did post on the Parallels forum if you want to see what worked for me: http://forum.parallels.com/showthread.p … post372327

I was installing from a ISO disk image provided by my employer and I used it because he had told me that others had trouble getting the license activated using different images... Neither one of us any idea why, but that's Microsoft for ya...

Has anyone had any luck installing Win XP Pro SP1 on Parallels 4.0 - It hangs EVERYTIME while trying to install... sometimes around the 30 minute countdown and sometimes around the 10 minute countdown. I've googled and can't find much that works/helps. Apparently it's a known issue and on Parallels 3.0 it looks like disabling the hardware accelerator fixed the install process - but I can't find that option on P4? Any ideas or help would be greatly appreciated.


(8 replies, posted in Ajax + JavaScript)

you could do this with straight ahead Javascript and cut down on the weight of a JS library (jQuery, Mootools, Prototype, etc...) using the innerHTML - https://developer.mozilla.org/En/DOM:element.innerHTML

or the easy way would be to use jQuery and the .append() function: http://docs.jquery.com/Manipulation/append

$('div#content').append('<p>This is my content to be appended</p>');

There are also other jQuery Dom Manipulation tactics that you can check out at: http://docs.jquery.com/Manipulation

I found this: http://www.webdesign.org/web/html-and-c … 15989.html

body { overflow-x: hidden; }

It's not valid CSS2 which probably means IE6 won't recognize it, but I tried it in FF3 and it worked like a charm


(5 replies, posted in HTML Discussion)

I did an HTML template not too long ago - be sure t0o check out http://www.email-standards.org/

I used all inline css for font styling, margins and padding - used tables for layout. Didn't run into any major problems - just try to test it in the most popular email clients like : Outlook, Gmail, Yahoo and Mac Email App. Maybe Thunderbird too

you _could_ add a span tag with a class around the brackets so in the end it would look like this:

<span class="bracket">[</span><a href="link">your link</a><span class="bracket">]</span>

then in your css just add whatever styling you want to span.bracket

your jQuery statement would look something like:

$("a").before("<span class="bracket">[</span>");
$("a").after("<span class="bracket">]</span>");

This isn't tested, but it should work...


(7 replies, posted in Shoot the Breeze)

ASP.NET is big in large corporations. A lot of large ecommerce sites tend to run on ASP.NET too. Don't really know why - but they do... Also Microsoft certified ASP.NET developers tend to make a little more $$$ for whatever reason.

ASP.NET and PHP both have their pluses and minuses. I've programmed using both and prefer PHP. It's open source - so it's free, which is not the case with ASP.NET which is a Microsoft product. ASP and ASP.NET are two different languages... ASP.NET is derived from ASP. Also, I think ASP can only run on Windows servers - but I could be wrong about that.

I'd say go with PHP for now... reasons being: it's a good way to get your feet wet in programming. It's easy to learn and there's a lot of resources on the web. If you're not familiar with programming/developing you'll learn a lot of tools/logic that can be applied to any language. The context is pretty much the same from language to language - it is the syntax that changes.

Also - there's nothing wrong with focusing on both - it will only make you that much more qualified than the next guy.

you can do this with php, but I don't know of a ready-made script off hand... you might start with http://us.php.net/manual/en/tutorial.forms.php or google php mysql tutorial...

also... google spreadsheets can now create a public form (which doesn't look half bad) and when the users submit it stores it in a google spreadsheet which can be exported in a variety of formats

though I'm sure tank is much more qualified to answer this than I am - I agree with him. I've used this method in past projects. In fact this is how Textpattern manages files and images. It's much less overhead on MySQL when serving queries.


(6 replies, posted in ActionScript + Flash)

I'm not sure what the size of those vids are... The church is responsible for all of that - it's managed through Textpattern CMS. If bandwidth isn't an issue - wouldn't matter so much since the video is progressively downloaded, meaning it plays it as it's downloading (once the play button has been pressed). What might matter is if you using a shared hosting server... that might gum up the works in which case you'd want to look into a virtual private server.


(6 replies, posted in ActionScript + Flash)

As I understand, .wmv is a Windows based video format. .flv is Flash based... meaning it is independent of the operating system. When encoding FLV's there are several codecs available - probably the most common used now is the H.264 codec which provides decent quality and smaller file sizes. If you're looking for the best quality (and huge filesizes) you'd want to use the Quicktime video format (.mov). I've seen Flash players play videos in this format, but I'm not entirely sure if there's anything special you need to do to make them compatible.

You don't have to pay adobe for a video player - if you google "Free Flash video player" you'll get a bunch of results - however if you're looking for total customization or want to build your own from scratch - you'll need to obtain a copy of Flash.

Yes you can embed multiple flash videos in one page - but I'm not sure you'd want to do as many as 30 to 40 as that will use some bandwidth - especially if the videos autoplay when the player loads. I would use a solution such as these for presenting multiple Flash videos:

http://pcfchurch.org/media/  - the sermons are presented as a list, and when you click the film icon it opens in a new page... note: I designed and developed this site

http://gotoandlearn.com/  - again the videos are presented more as a list and they open on a new page. btw... this site offers some great flash tutorials

Hope this helps