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Wednesday, April 02, 2008

Javascript Thumbnail viewer

For quite a while I was using on my blogsite 24/7talk interior design a javascript thumbnail viewer which worked out quite well for me, only a 100% validation with W3C was never possible as some of the used expressions were not XHTML compliant. Something that I personally bothered me quite a bit. So after searching for a replacement, I found a new javascript thumbnail viewer which is similar in its capabilities than what I used. I ended up with Highslide JS an open source JavaScript software, offering a Web 2.0 approach to popup windows. As per the Author Thorstein Hons, it does streamlines the use of thumbnail images and HTML pop-ups on web pages. The library offers these features and advantages

  • No plug-ins like Flash or Java required.
  • Pop-up blockers are no problem. The content expands within the active browser window.
  • Single click. After opening the image or HTML popup, the user can scroll further down or leave the page without closing it.
  • Compatibility and safe fallback. If the user has disabled JavaScript or is using an old browser, the browser redirects directly to the image itself or to a fallback HTML page.

I started to use some of the code already and except of some small missing necessary CSS adjustments it does perform perfectly and also validates as 100% XHTML. As with any new Software one has to work with it for a while to get used to its strengths and or weaknesses. One reason also that I choose Highslide JS was that the Author has an active Support Forum with great support.

Tuesday, February 13, 2007

Web 2.0 ... The Machine is Us/ing Us

A definition of Web 2.0 using the moving image:

The Movie is a perfect piece which expresses the dynamics of the web and I can say it’s People who are using the Machine.

Sunday, January 14, 2007

Final Touch Interiors Website now changed to flexible Layout

Knowing that I had the my Test Page of Final Touch Interiors up for quite some time and no major errors showed up, I decided to jump and take the Index Page live.
The under-laying link pages will be changed over to the new flexible Layout in the next weeks.
Don’t have just the time to switch over everything in one piece, as I’m working on other Projects too. And some of the content as well as Layouts, will have to be changed too.
The original CSS Setup comes from Dirk Jesse who created the YAML-Framework. Dirk Jesse invested quite some time into it, in creating the YAML-Layout and even wrote a Book called “CSS Layouts” in German for the European Market. There are other many CSS Samples out there, which can be used to create a Web Page but I haven’t found anything which appealed to me like the YAML Framework. It’s great as it even gracefully works with old Browsers. Yes not everyone is using the latest or the largest Monitors. And one should take care of every Visitor who comes to the Site.

Sunday, December 24, 2006

Yet another Multicolumn Layout-YAMLpro

Even though that there are a lot of discussions out there how to present a Web Site, like the use of fixed Layout or Liquid Layout, I have decided to go the middle route with a flexible Layout for my Web Site Final Touch Interiors.
A flexible Layout means it adjusts automatically to the Screen Size or Browser Window. The User can easily adjust the Font Size and Size of Display to his desire. It does not matter what size of Monitor one has.
To achieve that, I adopted and use a CSS structured System called YAML-Framework(yet another Multicolumn Layout).
Dirk Jesse, the German Author and Developer of YAML did some great work in developing the YAML-Framework. It is compatible with almost all of today’s Browsers and also validates correctly.
A short snapshot of my new Site can be seen here.
At a later stage I will use it also here in combination with Expression Engine.

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Retro Kitchen with 1950s Flare: St. Louis by Marchi Cucine

15 Apr 2014 at 9:33am
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From Marchi Cucine of Italy comes this stunning retro-look kitchen, dubbed St. Louis, and new for 2014. Isn't it just peachy-keen? Made of lacquered woods, this kitchen stands up to the fine quality that the Marchi Group is known for, world wide. The rounded corners and pastel colors are such a flashback in time - we can just see the 50's family, gathering around for a meal. But at the same time, it has a modern flair -- isn't it just a little bit Jetsons? And aren't those rounded-corner windows in the cupboards just charming? And we love the porthole windows on the oven, with it's mesh screens. This room just screams Buddy Holly, Elvis and the gang. What a blast from the past. Time to pull out your grandmother's recipe for macaroni and cheese and get cooking!


Astonishing Faucet with Clear Glass Spout: Axor Stark V

13 Apr 2014 at 2:08pm
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It's like a science lesson and a stunning bathroom faucet rolled into one. Until it is turned on, it's another glass faucet spout. And then, the magic begins. When the mixer is turned on, a water vortex is created -- and sent rushing up the glass spout where it cascades out like a waterfall. And you can see the whole thing. In a partnership between Hansgrohe and Axor, the Axor Starck V was born(designed by Phillip Starck). The incredible faucet is available for regular drop-in sinks and vessel sinks (as a single hole installation) as well as a two hole installation. No matter which you choose, you'll spend a lot of time watching the mixer create the vortex of water and send it along for your use. A transparent process, and one we have never given much thought to, will now endlessly fascinate you. It's almost a shame to hide it in the bathroom!


Ceramic Tile Replicates Wood: Dakota by Flaviker

13 Apr 2014 at 12:52pm
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We've written about a lot of wood-like products in the past. It seems everyone wants to emulate the true look of wood while having the easy care of ceramic - but who wouldn't? Dakota by Flaviker is, by far, the most realistic fake wood we've seen yet. It's made to look aged, complete with wormwood holes! Made to emulate alder wood - often used in interior floor planking - it even has scratches and stains. Including these defects has raised the bar on wood-look flooring. The ageing and wear looks totally natural - it's almost impossible to spot that it's not. Imagine using this in places where wood dares not to go! You can do your whole bathroom in Dakota. Or use it as a tile back splash - because it is tile. Never again worry about water meeting wood, with Dakota ceramic wood-look tile.


Manta Type C: Chair Celebrates Racing Car

10 Apr 2014 at 8:39am
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Mast Elements added the "Type C" to the Mantra chair name in tribute to the racing car. Designed by Ciro Bergonzi, it certainly has motion. The central support is polished steel and from there on up, it's cushioned leather floating on air. It almost looks like something from outer space! But it does look incredibly comfortable. And such soft and supple leather. The company is Italian, of course. Mast Elements is the first company in the world to produce furniture entirely out of carbon fibre. Very avant-garde, yet clearly high design. Care to go for a spin?


'Origine Du Monde, Maybe!' Chair by Italo Rota for Meritalia

7 Jun 2010 at 11:54pm
meritalia-chair-source-du-monde-1.jpg It?s a chair that brings ?creature comforts? back home. Dubbed the ?Origine Du Monde, Maybe!? chair, this unusual, ultra-modern chair was design by Italo Rota for Italian furniture house Meritalia. The soft hues complement the plush cushions perfectly, forming what the designed has described as ?uterine sensuality.? The cushions are made of memory foam which, in keeping with the obviously maternal theme of the design, reminds us of protection, rest and the future. The base is made from polished aluminum, irregular in shape, just like the chair concept as a whole, If you like unique, one-of-a-kind pieces, this is a must-see! Check it out at Meritalia. meritalia-chair-source-du-monde-2.jpg

Artwork Radiators by Caleido

14 May 2010 at 12:10pm
caleido-radiator-therme-1.jpg Is it a radiator, or is it artwork? These cool modern radiators by Caleido are both! The Therme home radiator is an masterful swirl of brilliant hues reminiscent of watercolor. For more-modern tastes, the Geiger radiator features a computer-generated design set on a sleek, black background. The elongated rectangular shape is easy to incorporate among your existing artwork, or let it steal the spotlight and feature it as an art piece all on its own. These cool radiators are by Karim Rashid, who stayed true to his signature funky style. These new radiators made their debut at Salone Internazionale del Mobile 2010. Fore more info visit Caleido. caleido-radiator-geiger-1.jpg

Funky Furniture by Bruehl - Coupole and Morning Dew

7 May 2010 at 12:03am
funky-furniture-bruehl-3.jpg This new funky furniture by German company Bruehl is inspired by natural forms with an ultra-modern edge. Featuring the ups and downs of mountaintops with an abstract twist, the Coupole sofa and armchair (pictured above) by designer Kati Meyer-Bruhl feature a curved back and armrests and a delicate body clad in fabric that?s heaven to the touch, available in white and sky blue. The Morning Dew chairs (pictured below), also by designer Kati Meyer-Bruhl, are inspired by tulips, with their graceful petals forming the back and arm rests. A soft seat in an irregular shape beckons. This modern flower-inspired chair is featured in vibrant rose and white upholstery, as well as red-and-white plaid. Combine the Coupole and Morning Dew lines for a fun living room or a funky family room. Visit Bruehl for details. funky-furniture-bruehl-1.jpg funky-furniture-bruehl-2.jpg funky-furniture-bruehl-4.jpg funky-furniture-bruehl-5.jpg

Outdoor Armchair Ibiscus and Sofa Meridienne by Moroso

29 Apr 2010 at 8:50pm
moroso-armchair-ibiscus-1.jpg The grand finale to the epic Moroso M?Afrique collection sends it out with a bang! As the final pieces of the outdoor furniture line, the Ibiscus armchair and the Meridienne sofa by designer Dominique Petot make a style statement that screams: Big! Bold! Beautiful! The design consists of wild shapes and even wilder woven patterns if you can imagine that. These vibrant red, brown and white patio pieces echo the shape of a traditional British armchair and lounger, with armrests and a high back to recline into. Frames come in the choice of natural or lacquered steel. Check out this cool outdoor furniture line at Moroso. moroso-sofa-meridienne-1.jpg

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