I’m often Googling for HTML character entities that I use often — but not to remember their entity.
What’s an entity?
Here’s the formal definition, snagged from Google:
A character entity reference is an SGML construct that references a character of the document character set.The names of the entities are taken from the appendices of SGML (defined in [ISO8879]). symbols, mathematical symbols, and Greek letters. These characters may be represented by glyphs in the Adobe font “Symbol”.
The web has become a lot more forgiving (and character sets have changed), but in the past, I remember having to make sure character entities were used for every reference to an ampersand or em dashes.
Regardless, I’ve seen the article below come up more than once when I’m searching for a specific character entity. Thought it was past due to link to it.
Source: Line25 – 10 HTML Entity Crimes You Really Shouldn’t Commit
Growing up, when the Internet was just a baby, and BBS’s were the thing, I used to dabble in creating ASCII and ANSI art, the latter taking mainly the rubout character and using different colors to make crude pixel art and sprites. I wish I had some somewhere to review and reflect. They probably weren’t as good as I remember, so maybe it’s better off they’ve been lost to time.
Regardless, ANSI art was the grandfather of CSS Pixel art — a way of creating icons, logos, and other visuals utilizing just cascading style sheets. The article linked below shows some great examples of creating art, utilizing only CSS. While it’s not the most efficient way to create, it is cool, if nothing more than a proof-of-concept of the power of CSS and the creativity of developers out there.
Source: CSS-Tricks – Fun Times With CSS Pixel Art
Nice article on the role of the front end developer — and how aware and how many hats they truly have to wear.
I need really thought about it, but a lot of what the article highlights in terms of awareness are a lot of the reasons I love my job as a senior front end developer and the variety it offers.
Source: CSS Tricks – A Front End Developer is Aware
It’s always interesting to read/hear about technologies that didn’t make it. Sometimes the competitors that fall are legitimately flawed or lessor than the eventual winner. Other times, the winner isn’t always the best, but wins out regardless. CSS is somewhere in between those two things.
It’s also cool to see places where CSS inherited, borrowed and improved on other technologies and proposals.
Source: Eager.io – The Languages Which Almost Became CSS
It’s no secret that WordPress is my go-to for content management system driven web sites. It’s free. It’s mature and it’s got a huge community both in terms of support and in its plugins library. There’s no need to re-invent the wheel most of the time.
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