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  January 2016 - Design Edition Year 18 Issue 1  
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Expert guidance from working professionals!
Tech Services Info topic:
New Printer, Local/Wireless
by Eric Prestwood

Setup printer including downloading of latest drivers if needed.

IT Water-Cooler for Power-Users topic:
Stamp Out Spam
by Vicki Nelson

How to fight back against spam and reclaim your inbox. As you may know, the volume of spam messages sent across the Internet has reached epidemic levels. Some industry experts estimate that three out of every five e-mail messages that are sent today are spam. The spam epidemic is costing companies, professionals, and individual users considerable amounts of time, money, and resources.

What is spam, and what can I do about it? Spam is generally defined as an unsolicited mailing, usually sent to many recipients. Most spam is commercial advertising, often for dubious products, get-rich-quick schemes, or quasi-legal services. Spam costs the sender very little to send. Most of the costs are paid by the recipient or the carriers rather than the sender. Some effective methods for preventing your e-mail address from being captured, sold or abused by spammers in the full version of this article. Click the title to read more.

Off Shoring topic:
Off-shoring: You CAN fight back!
by Wes Peterson

Are you fed up with calling a company and finding yourself speaking to somebody in a foreign country? 

I am, and I've just learned of an effective way to fight back, help return jobs to America, and keep them here.

The best part? We don't have to wait for government to do a thing.

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Website Design topic (classic post):
Basic Introduction to HTML Authoring
by Mike Prestwood

This article is a basic introduction to HTML authoring.

Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) topic (classic post):
CSS-P: Demystifying HTML Element Positioning Contexts
by Evan Egalite
The purpose of this article is to show how to use Cascading Style Sheets to control the layout of nested HTML elements on a page, and to demystify the confusing absolute and relative element positioning scheme used by the browser.

 Monthly Design Lesson
Website Design Topic:
Code Snippet of the Month

Get rid of the boring default icon on your website.  Add a custom icon!  Most browsers support .ico and the most popular ones will show any standard web image. 

Follow this easy step by step to add one to your web page or site.

Example: This is's icon. 

Images must be 16x16 pixels.  I use GIMP to create mine.

Normally, save as a .ico file in the root of your site or in any unsecured folder.  I usually put them in "", and I usually name it favicon.ico or favicon.gif.

Add this to the header section of your AJAX Master page or any aspx/htm/html/shtml page.


Some browsers even support ANIMATED gifs.

Website Scripting Topic:
Definition of the Month: CMS
Short for Content Management Sytem (CMS) and is used to manage content on a website such as web page content, knowledge base, online store, message boards, etc. A popular .Net CMS' right now is DotNetNuke. Prestwood's own ASPSuite is a customized CMS we use for our website and our clients.Short for Content Management Sytem (CMS) and is used to manage content on a website such as web page content, knowledge base, online store, message boards, etc. A popular .Net CMS' right now is DotNetNuke. Prestwood's own ASPSuite is a customized CMS we use for our website and our clients.
Artistic (design, layout, etc.) Topic:
Download of the Month: TinyMCE Content Editor
This is the rich text editor recommended by Prestwood and used with our family of websites.
TinyMCE is a platform independent web based Javascript HTML WYSIWYG editor control released as Open Source under LGPL by Moxiecode Systems AB. It has the ability to convert HTML TEXTAREA fields or other HTML elements to editor instances. TinyMCE is very easy to integrate into other Content Management Systems.
Website Design Topic:
Resource Link of the Month: Common Browser Info by

Provides browser statistics including most common browsers, operating systems, display resolutions, etc. Information includes a brief historical overview of each and contains current information on browsers. This is a great resource for determining what browsers to design for, test on, as well as determining what resolutions, color depths, etc.

Artistic (design, layout, etc.) Topic:
Question: What browsers and resolutions should I test my website with?


As of early 2008, we test each website we build with the latest release of Internet Explorer, FireFox, and Safari. Sometimes we also include Opera but not usually. Also, if desired, we sometimes test with older versions of browsers but not usually. The minimum resolution we test "regular" websites is 1024x768 (and higher). We no longer support 800x600.

Website Scripting Topic:
Tip of the Month

When designing websites, all developers are required to manage not only the content of the site, but the indexing of the site as well.  Robots.txt is a powerful tool you can use to make sure your projects are listed in search engines as effectively as possible.

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