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Checking for and installing the gd Graphics Library

February 12, 2008

The gd graphics library is open source code for the dynamic creation and manipulation of images that load in real-time in a client's browser. It is part of a standard PHP install - but do you have it? is it active? Today's article tells you how to check for it, how to install and enable this functionality.

We also present a light-weight, nicer, neater gd_info function: one that displays which gd version is installed, what image formats are supported, etc. Output is clean, legible, and easily understood.

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Building a Multi-Browser Web Page Testing Suite

November 26, 2007

I've learned, time and again, that standards-compliant code does not guarantee a functional web site design.

Unfortunately, problems abound. Cascading Style Sheets implementations should be consistent, but aren't. Javascript handling varies from browser to browser, even basic HTML rendering.

Until all browsers fully comply with a single clear, functional set of standards, you'll want to test your web page designs in all of the leading browsers, in all major versions in current use.

In the article, we present three browser "suites", that is, links to the currently most popular browsers available for the Windows PC, Mac, and linux platforms. Between them, these browsers represent greater than 98% of all Web-browsing activities.

A 'Funky' SurgeMenu Sample Menu

November 24, 2007

SurgeMenu funky menu example illustrating partially-transparent menu

The above is a screenshot of one SurgeMenu Cascading Menu implementation, a neat little menu that demonstrates dynamically changing menu styles, highlight styles and icons, background, etc.

The demo menu above was intended to show off its high level of customizability. Menu transparency - got it. Customizable size - check. We have icons to highlight the item that currently has focus, and icons to indicate submenus. We can highlighting items by color and background color, by font, bold or italic, etc.

All of these changes are real-time reconfigurations by the SurgeMenu code - this funky menu example shows off some of the many possible Javascripted actions, as well.

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