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Beyond Vanilla

S ometimes all you need is a little spark a kick to go beyond what you ever done before.

I was mopping around the house, when I had time over for that actually whining a bit to. Because I was bored, bored about the options I thought I had when it came to styling pages. I was even for a little while thinking that it was easier in school when I used tables and 1px gifs and lots of image, not knowing better.

But I donít want to go back there now as I do know better. So finally I sat down and told my self to bite this bitter fruit,

I always said and still do say, its not the technology that holds us back its our own imagination, so why did I blame it one the technology, especially the one I do love so much namely css.

I went and bought my self a basic book in (x)html or well its called mastering html, And started from the basics all over. (Still reading refreshing my basics)

I had found my self using just a few fonts and just a few colors on the fonts a few different sizes and it was my main issue. I wanted to do text as it is in the magazines, with envy I looked at printed things and thought how much easier it was setting text in columns that didnít resize or didnít change depending on browsers they was displayed in.

Where I would be able to drop text in to a place slanting, vertically or even in a spiral if I wanted it or any other sort of crazy ways.

That became my first new goal, to be more creative with my use of text. And there by renew my design style a bit. And still hold to W3C recommendations, thatís my new challenge,

I have dived back along memory lane, to classes I toke in basic layout when I was really young remembering how we placed just symbols in grids and columns. And I even started a new scrap book for inspiration; I actually havenít used that in ages.

This is my first little experiment since my new challenge I wanted vertical text and I didnít want to span it I did a search and asked questions on my favorite forum Cre8asite.

This is my first little experiment since my new challenge I wanted vertical text and I didnít want to span it I did a search and asked questions on my favorite forum Cre8asite.

The only thing I could find was either just displaying in IE or using java script and I wanted none of that. So I thought why do I want vertical text well I want something highlighted as a logo or a headline, and I realized I wanted probably just one or two words vertically as its not easy reading either so why not use a span? Just because it was the obvious solution it doesnít mean itís the worst solution

So here the vertical text is in a span, yes itís a bit of code but wow can I have control it, and I donít think it makes the page heavier then what its worth and probably less heavy then what an image would made it, (perhaps I should check).

I also spaned the head line on the side making it stand out in a funny magazine way... I will continue this challenge perhaps find a new angle to, in a while but I wont grow bored on my own work again ( I hope) its not the technology its my imagination I know I knowÖ..

I surfed around to find common fonts and stumbled over a page named code style which I bookmarked to start use more different font familyís in the future.

Sometimes all you need is a little spark a kick to go beyond what you ever done before.

    Common Fonts

  • Arial Black
  • Veradna
  • Comic Sans MS
  • Arial
  • Impact
  • Courier New
  • Tahoma
  • Lucida Console
  • Trebuchet MS
  • Lucida Sans Unicode
  • Arial Narrow
  • Georgia
  • Bookman Old Style
  • Century Gothic
  • Book Antiqua
  • Times New Roman
  • Garamond
  • Haettenschweiler
  • Lucinda Sans
  • marlett
  • Terminal