Mike Cherim’s Blogging Past

These are older articles. Please bear in mind the further back you go, the more dated the material may be — in some cases.

All Browsers Agree

Posted May 19th, 2005 by Mike Cherim

It’s well known that various browsing devices have their differences in the way CSSs are interpreted. It may seem that these differences are irreconcilable as well at times. Of the various differences the most annoying affects the positioning of various containers such as <divs> and <tables> on the pages. I’m not going to write about that, though. That’s not what this short article is about. Instead I want to mention something all of the browsers have in common, then explain the advantages of its exploitation.

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Lousy Bandits

Posted May 13th, 2005 by Mike Cherim

My wife and I grow an incredible bi-color corn in our garden. It’s an awesome hybrid we’ve sown for years. We do it because the taste of this corn far exceeds anything else we’ve tried. It grows well in our area (southern New Hampshire) and it yields a sizable harvest. It seems to handle pests well, too. A great crop. One problem, though: Raccoons. They like our corn as much as we do.

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Do you Need a Splash Page?

Posted May 5th, 2005 by Mike Cherim

To splash to not to splash? That is the question. And do you really need another page between the visitor and the content they are requesting? For those who are reading this thinking what the hell is he babbling about this time?, let me clarify things a bit. Do keep reading. *The subject of this post may reveal why only 50% of your site’s visitors are actually checking out the site.

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The GreenBeast CMS

Posted April 25th, 2005 by Mike Cherim

Coming soon! I’ve made a simple PHP-Driven CMS or Content Management System I’m calling the GreenBeast CMS v.1.0!

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Laura’s Gardener

Posted April 20th, 2005 by Mike Cherim

Here’s a story I wrote a bit ago. It’s a fun one in a way. You’ll see. Check it out.

Laura’s Gardener

For years Laura Cooper attended to her garden with the same enthusiasm for which she attended to herself. It was a very large garden — nearly five acres of the Cooper estate was dedicated to Laura’s passion.

It was a very hot day in late June; unusually hot. Laura was…

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Image Optimization, and Re-Optimization

Posted April 18th, 2005 by Mike Cherim

The more I develop websites, the more I have been concerning myself with image optimization. Put it this way, I used to crank up my image export compression setting to 100% in all cases. Now, well now I don’t. This is what I do do in my attempts to now optimize my images:

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GBHXonline.com: Version 3

Posted April 18th, 2005 by Mike Cherim

Well, I finally did it. I re-did the GBHXonline.com hosting site. I felt it was time. I have learned so much about proper site building, web accessibilities, and semantic mark-up since I made version 2 that I just had to employ my new-found knowledge. It’s all about access and usability.

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Acronym Aberrations Abbreviated

Posted April 4th, 2005 by Mike Cherim

To comply with the requirements of web accessibilities, developers should identify and define any acronyms and abbreviations used in their web documents. Sounds simple, right? Things are not be as they seem. Problems exist which cannot be countered so considerations need to be given and concessions made . The main problem: abbreviations are not supported by Microsoft’s Internet Explorer (MSIE), only acronyms are. But before going into the problems and solutions too far, let’s first determine what’s what as this also seems to be a source of disagreement.

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Global PHP Header Use

Posted April 2nd, 2005 by Mike Cherim

Green-Beast.com makes extensive use of PHP server-side includes. This technology is used throughout the site for nearly every grouping on every page. As an example, the Primary Navigation links which appear on every page is actually a single file which is included into the document body. The advantages may be clear to you already, but if not, they are…

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