Making It Your Web

Vertically Split Coloured Text

by Alex Hall (on 4th Jun 2014 @ 08:59:42)

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Please note: This example currently only works in Chrome

That's a hard title to think of. To explain a little further: have you ever required text on the page that needs to be half one colour and half another, vertically? It's not something I've ever had to think about before but when I did the obvious thing that spread to mind was gradients. That makes sense, and sounds quite easy. But then a spanner in the works: "without using gradients" was spoken.

Thinking caps on.

As with most CSS problems I come across, the first thought that came to mind was pseudo-elements. :before and :after are two of the most handy things to come to CSS3. They can be used to make stuff appear that isn't actually there! CSS3 arrows are probably the most widely used of these, but you can also use them to create page curls. In fact just read this post to see what amazing things they bring to web page designs.

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Chrome Extension Development

by Alex Hall (on 2nd Apr 2014 @ 08:54:18)

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I have recently become quite a Chrome Extension developer enthusiast and in the past few weeks have written five extensions for the  Chrome Webstore that I'm going to talk about here. If you haven't tried Chrome by Google, or don't use it, I highly recommend giving it a download and a try. It's fast, packed with features, and makes the lives of us developers a lot easier! Plus there are a plethora of great extensions that anyone will find useful and I hope some of those below fit into this category.

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Thoughts About Google+

by Alex Hall (on 6th Jul 2011 @ 16:48:56)

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It's everywhere at the moment. Everyone is talking about it. Not so many have managed to use it yet. I am one of the fortunate ones that has had a few days to use it and learn about it and see what it can really do. So, here's what I think about Google's new social media project Google .

The first thing I noticed about it is that it is very shiny! We knew something was coming when colour scheme of a lot of the Google products changed late last week and it would seem that Google is one of the reasons for this change. I can't deny, I love the new colours and layout of Google itself and Google feels a lot more like a web "application" than a new social media site.


So, what's different that Google hope will make Google more popular than other social networking sites, such as Facebook? Well, the first and for me most important and major step beyond what else is offered out there is the way to dish out content to a particular set of people (as defined by you) by using circles.

Circles are, fundamentally, a way for you to make groups of your friend or acquiantances allowing you to later specify which of these "circles" you would like your content to reach. It's like Facebook groups, except that you don't have to have people accept an invitation to join. You simple drag and drop them into the circle of your choice and when you specify that group in your next post, members can see what you've posted. It's very simple and intuitive to find and add people to these various circles, and you can make as many as you want.

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