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The Importance of Error Messages

Error messages can easily be overlooked when a page or web-based tool is being created. Sometimes the placeholders for error messages are still there when a page or tool has been published—this can lead to confusion. Other times, the message appears … Read more…

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Web Calipers – Part 3 – Techniques and Technology

This is the third part of our three part series on Web Calipers. The 1st post was on the history and purpose of Web Calipers. The 2nd post was on how to use Web Calipers including short-cut keys and bookmarking instructions. … Read more…

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Web Calipers – Part 2 – How To

This is the second post in a three part series. Part 1 went over the history of the purpose of Calipers. Part 3 goes over the techniques and technologies that went into creating Web Calipers. Use But Don’t Install With … Read more…

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Web Calipers – Part 1 – What Are They?

This is part one of a three part series on Web Calipers by HB Design. This article concerns the history of Web Calipers, their evolution and what they can do. Part 2 is on How to use them and Part 3 … Read more…

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WordPress as a CMS

By now, almost everyone who wants or has a web site has heard about WordPress. Originally a blogging platform, it has evolved into one of the most popular content management systems (CMS). It is relatively easy to install, easy to … Read more…

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Building and Launching the New HBDesign.com from a Technical Perspective

Redesigning and launching a new web site is a daunting task with many things to take into consideration. One of the key considerations for us was to bring our web site up-to-date from both a design and a technology perspective. … Read more…

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Web Page Load Times and Image Optimization

One of the most important aspects of an effective web site is site performance—specifically how fast a page loads. Slow-loading pages lead to high bounce rates. (Bounce rates are people leaving your site.) While there are a lot of factors … Read more…

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Technical Interpretations of Graphic Designs

Leslie, our Creative Director, recently sent me some examples of graphic design she had created.  She took some design-oriented quotations and rendered them graphically. She placed a constraint upon herself: each design was limited to a single font. She did three different designs … Read more…

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Managing fonts with the Google Web Font Loader

What is the Google Web Font Loader? To understand what the font loader is, you first need to understand using web fonts. With the @font-face CSS rule, you can specify fonts to download for your web page. This CSS rule was first … Read more…

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Comparison of Browser Web Development Tools

As a web page developer, I rely on web browser-based development tools like Firebug. Over the years each browser as improved their built-in tools, so I thought I would write a series of posts looking at features I find useful … Read more…

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