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The closure of XHTML elements

If you have followed the crowd and abandoned HTML for XHTML, you may have noticed that some elements needs to be closed in your markup. The reason is that XHTML is simply a reformulation of HTML in XML syntax. It’s a subtle but very significant difference between HTML and XHTML.

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A first look at Expression Web Designer

I’ve had a look at the May 14th release version of Community Technology Preview (CTP) of Microsoft’s Expression Web Designer (codename Quartz), one third of the Expression series also including Interactive Designer (codename Sparkle) and Graphic Designer (codename Acrylic). Unlike Interactive Designer that targets WinFX Runtime Components Beta 2, the Web Designer is ready to go straight from the box.

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Naked designs

Recently the CSS Naked Day was held on the net. A lot of sites in the blogosphere were intentionally stripped of their style clothes, revealing the markup behind it. But I still hear a lot of people in the business who haven’t grasped one of the most fundamental aspects of modern web design: separating structure and presentation.

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UltraEdit uses deprecated toolbar

UltraEdit is one of the best text editors out there and I have recently spent some time using version 11. It has a lot of features that will aid the development process, such as Unicode/UTF-16 support and code folding, in addition to the excellent functions already delivered in previous versions.

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The dark days of Sarajevo

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"I woke up freezing on a Persian rug with aching back. Behind a corner I saw the damned rooster that kept me awake during many hours."

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"My weary feet has reached Valparaiso. After almost a month of traveling across the South American continent I realize that this is as far south as I will come, due to weather conditions."

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