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4th June, 2010

I had bit of a backlog of photos I took of a variety of places mostly around Dartmoor, which are now uploaded.

Burrator Landscape (Dartmoor)

Pair of Dartmoor Ponies (Dartmoor)

Burrator Road (Dartmoor)

Riverfront (Bere Alston)

Tor Landscape (Dartmoor)

Eyed Hawk Moths (Home)

Posted in Art and Photography by Simon

HTML and CSS Fluid Transparent Rounded Corner Boxes

2nd May, 2010

That’s quite a lot to demand of a title, and a box on a website as well it seems. In my work I have had a couple of designs lately that have required me to think up a good and solid way of having four rounded corners in a box that is one of a couple of things:

  • Totally fluid, as in it resizes in both axes in accordance with changing content size.
  • Each corner needs actual transparency to sit on gradient backgrounds.

There are hundreds of methods posted online about how to do fancy corners on boxes using CSS, but quite a lot of them just don’t have transparency involved, or worse still use a hack here and there or use a sprinkling of absolutely positioned, empty divs.

Fluid rounded corner box example image

So what to do about the boxes having exhausted quite an extensive Google search and not finding a method that really suited me? Make one up of course. For those of us still stuck supporting IE6 as well as a raft of other browsers and their various editions, while offering a text resizing facility on the site, this meant it has to be remarkably robust.

The following method is the one I made for four corners only, with no border fanciness. In fact the graphical requirements were so simple that actually all the corners are the same GIF file as a ball, used much like you would a sprite: GIF corner sprite


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Posted in Web Design by Simon

Dartmoor Photos

23rd March, 2010

Moorland walks seem to inevitably result in camera shots where I take a few across a landscape and think “Yeh, I’ll merge these together when I get home” and quite often I eventually do. Here are a couple of the latest:

Dartmoor Landscape (Dartmoor)

Quarry Pool (Dartmoor)

See all the older shots I’ve taken in the past in this group of Dartmoor shots.

Out of interest there are a lot of new websites appearing that make use of flickr’s APIs to display information but here is one that has been around for a while and seems to provide quite a few hits: http://fiveprime.org/hivemind/User/srjm. It also helps to remind me of old things.

Posted in Art and Photography, General Stuff by Simon

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