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Xenu’s Link Sleuth – Find 404 Broken Links on Any Website

Published on April 25th, 2007
Category: Design and Publishing, Internet, Utilities
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As a web designer and administrator, there are certain routine “housekeeping” tasks that you have to perform with your server. These tasks can include data backup, traffic analysis, and server log audits. But there is one job that website administrators often fail to do, link checking. In this era of Web 2.0 and blogs where content has evolved from static and unchanging to dynamic and volatile, it is very important to make sure that your anchor tags (<a>) are intact.

Not only is link validation an important monthly routine task, it is a crucial, mission-critical operation when moving web servers or changing domain names. When I moved this website from http://freeware.art-app.com to http://www.freewarereview.info, it was literally hell in cyberspace. Even with my carefully hand-crafted .htaccess 301 redirects, my readership dropped and my server logs were filled with 404 error messages.
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tabinta: Insert “Tabs” in TEXTAREA Fields Instead of Moving Next

Published on February 14th, 2007
Category: Design and Publishing, Extensions/Plugins, Internet, User Interface

Messy code … I hate it. It annoys me when programmers don’t use line breaks after their semicolons. It bugs me that some programmers write with irregular brackets. Most of all, it totally irks me when programmers don’t tab their code to distinguish between functions, “if” statements, nested elements, etc. White is bliss. Less is more. Spacing is good. Don’t jumble everything up for goodness sake!
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FontList: Preview All Fonts Available in One Page

Published on January 31st, 2006
Category: Design and Publishing
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As a web designer, it is imperative for me to aware of all the fonts that are at my disposal on my computer system. Most of the time, today’s designs use a sans serif font variation. This class of fonts is a staple to designs that are modern, contemporary, or generic (not necessarily a bad thing). However, there are times when a different font is necessary such as in designs that need to convey antique, romantic, or humanistic connotations. Take for example, one my newest websites for a client, Be a Bree. Notice on the header, I used a script-type font. The rest of the content is either normal or italicized Times New Roman (or serif). This is because the design called for something more, feminine, homey, motherly, and elegant.

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