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Mind Your En And Em Dashes: Typographic Etiquette

Mind Your En And Em Dashes: Typographic Etiquette
Advertisement An understanding of typographic etiquette separates the master designers from the novices. A well-trained designer can tell within moments of viewing a design whether its creator knows how to work with typography. Handling these typographic details on the Web brings new challenges and restrictions that need to be considered. Setting Body Copy Good typography comes down to communicating information, and the basis of information is good old-fashioned body copy – simple blocks of text. Indentation or Space After a Paragraph? When signalling the end of a paragraph and the beginning of another, you can generally either indent or insert a space between the paragraphs. Indentation Indent the first line of a new paragraph about 1 em (if your font size is 12px, then that would amount to 12 pixels). Space after paragraph A full line break of 1 em (like when you hit the “Return” key twice) is generally more than enough to signal a new paragraph. One Space After a Period. The Hyphen (al) Related:  Writing and Productivity

18 Useful Cheat Sheets For Web Developers & Designers Nov222011 Typical cheat-sheets tend to be over-sized documents, far too large to be viewed in its entirety on a desktop and not too handy for the super-fast reference that is needed. To get the full benefit of any cheatsheat, your only real option is to print it out and keep it close at hand. Wouldn’t it be nice if there was an easier way, a quicker way. Cheat sheets are basically intended for those designers and developers who spend most of their working time in exploring different software environments and for them it is nearly impossible to remember shortcuts for each software environment, and this is the point where a cheap sheet comes in. Here we’ve rounded up a few very useful cheat sheets wallpapers for web designers and developers in various sizes, covering various technologies, like CSS, HTML5, WordPress, Javascript and many more. Did you enjoy this article? About the Author: Vrushank Brahmakshatriya

Fancy Scrolling Sites In the last year or so, there's been enough sites that do fancy things when you scroll down that it's kind of a trend. I thought I'd blog it, you know, for the sake of history. By "fancy things" I mean something happens when scrolling down besides the site scrolling down. Elements might move around in unexpected ways or change their size/shape/color/content in some way. So how do they do that? JavaScript. Know any others? Add them in the comments. Share On Explorations in Typography / Mastering the Art of Fine Typesetting Daily Writing Tips Break Out of Your Lack-of-Feedback Loop Does this ever happen to you? Let’s say you’re writing an article or a chapter. It’s taking longer than you anticipated. This scenario probably describes the writing life of too many graduate students and, I suspect, many other writers even after graduate school. You show your work in progress to other people because it’s not good enough. But comments and corrections, as helpful as they are, aren’t the most useful result of sharing your work. I’m convinced that the hardest part about writing academic work is the lack of an audience, or more precisely, the long gap between the time you start writing and the time your readers start reading. On the other hand, there is no greater encouragement for writing than knowing that people are reading your prose. Here are a few ways you can break out of your lack-of-feedback loop. Do you ever get stuck in a lack-of-feedback loop? Image courtesy of Flickr user sparetomato / Creative Commons licensed Return to Top

Designing a Typeface, With Illustrator and FontLab, from Start to Finish – Part 1 Lets get one thing straight, there is a difference between 'lettering' and 'type design', this can be some serious stuff. There are people who strictly design letter-forms for their entire lives. They live, breath, eat, sleep, drink and pee typography - I truly admire them. In my personal work I lean towards lettering and don't want to step on any toes by saying this is 'THE' way to design type. This is a way to go about designing a typeface using Ai. Everyone loves letter, so lets have some fun! Learning typography is truly like learning a new language, so I will try to walk the fine line of explaining things so that anyone can understand and using typographic terminology. The inspiration for a typeface can come from anything, a tree, a ladder, rocks, people, old office supplies laying around ... pretty much anything and everything. Step 1a Get inspired. Step 1b Step 2a Step 2b Instead of a fill, use a line with simple black stroke, this will allow experimentation with stroke weight.

10 HTML Entity Crimes You Really Shouldn’t Commit It has been over a couple of years since I posted my HTML tag and usability crimes posts, both of which are amongst the most popular articles here on Line25. There’s something about this title people just can’t resist! Let’s take a look at ten crimes you may be committing in your HTML content. These won’t exactly land you a life sentence, but I bet almost every one of us will be guilty of at least one of these petty crimes. Crime 1: Not converting your ampersands One of the most common HTML validation errors I see when checking the code behind Sites of the Week features are unconverted ampersand characters. Crime 2: Making your own ellipsis Did you know those three dots used to indicate a pause in a sentence are called an ‘ellipsis’? Crime 3: Incorrect use of the em dash I’m definitely guilty of this one myself. Crime 4: Incorrect use of the en dash Similar to the Em dash crime, the En dash is another form of dash often misused in our body copy. Crime 5: DIY Copyright symbol

PopChar - type special characters and umlauts quickly and easily If you work with multilingual or technical documents, or if you frequently use dingbat fonts, PopChar X 5 will quickly pay for itself. MacWorld Editors' Choice Using a Mac without PopChar is like driving a BMW only in first gear or playing a piano with one hand. Charles Ying, founder of MyFonts.com PopChar X is so much easier to use than Apple's character viewer. It is a 'Mac Essential', the full-featured, well polished, champion of its class. Jim Cole, Jacksonville, FL With PopChar X, Ergonis delivers a program that is definitely one of the must-have Mac utilities. macnotes.com It's a must have for anyone who deals with fonts on a daily basis. macnation.com Of all the neat utilities I have found for the Mac, one of the most useful has been PopChar X. TheMacFeed.com I have been using PopChar since it first appeared in 1987. Harry Babad, maccompanion.com I find it one of the most indispensable utilities on my Mac. Brian WrattenAustralia I've used PopChar for a long time.

The Ultimate Guide to Writing Better Than You Normally Do. Writing is a muscle. Smaller than a hamstring and slightly bigger than a bicep, and it needs to be exercised to get stronger. Think of your words as reps, your paragraphs as sets, your pages as daily workouts. Think of your laptop as a machine like the one at the gym where you open and close your inner thighs in front of everyone, exposing both your insecurities and your genitals. Because that is what writing is all about. Procrastination is an alluring siren taunting you to google the country where Balki from Perfect Strangers was from, and to arrange sticky notes on your dog in the shape of hilarious dog shorts. The blank white page. Mark Twain once said, “Show, don’t tell.” Finding a really good muse these days isn’t easy, so plan on going through quite a few before landing on a winner. There are two things more difficult than writing. It’s no secret that great writers are great readers, and that if you can’t read, your writing will often suffer.

Create Your Own Custom Fonts Using CorelDRAW (Part I) | CorelDRAW! Tips & Tricks By Steve Bain The challenge of tackling your own font design can be daunting without the right tools. Fortunately, CorelDRAW Graphics Suite has everything you need to design your own custom logotype font or typeface design. It’s no small wonder that typing a few words gives you the ability to communicate across boundless distances in near limitless ways. We routinely email, digitally publish, post online, blog, and text with one another. It isn’t difficult to create a digital font. In this two-part tutorial, I’ll explore how you can benefit from creating your own font. Although the instructions, step sequences, illustrations, and resource files provided with this tutorial were created using CorelDRAW X3, generally any CorelDRAW version (all the way back to version 3) can be used to create letter shapes and export font files. Benefits of Designing Custom Fonts Designing your own typeface is a creative endeavor that can yield significant rewards. Deciding on a Font Design Style Like this:

Javascript in Modern Web Design In today's web design, Javascript is a must-have component. Aside from its functionality, Javascript can enhance user experience by creating transitional effects such as fading and sliding animation. Thanks to the open source Javascript frameworks, we don't need to write custom Javascript from scratch anymore. Here are 47 Javascript plugins that you can use to enhance the user experience and functionality of your website. Don't forget to check out the sample sites, which show how the plugins can be used. The Two Popular Javascript Frameworks Right now, the two commonly used Javascript frameworks are: jQuery and MooTools. Loading ... Image Zoom and Popup Lightbox You're probably very familiar with Lightbox — a light Javascript used to display overlay images on the current page. jQuery lightBox Plugin This is exactly the same as Lightbox JS, but written on top of jQuery library. Thickbox Thickbox is a jQuery plugin that is very similar to Lightbox, but comes with more features. Highslide JS Tabs

7 Ways to Survive a Lit Review [Image by Flickr user JKim1 and used under Creative Commons License This summer I experienced a grad student rite of passage: crafting a review of literature. The way was fraught and I had to overcome everything from an avalanche of articles (let’s just say my snowball method raged out of control) to a complete inability to conceive of any kind of organization. I also developed fascinating new ways to procrastinate. Thankfully, I follow #phdchat on Twitter, and the participants’ sage words on the process helped me move from a state of near paralysis to fruitful, concentrated writing sessions. How I felt before How did I do it? 1. Search tools: I relied heavily on the electronic resources at my University’s library, including databases and search techniques suggested on the library’s website. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. What are your survival tips for the Lit Review?

Hermann Zapf Specimens of typefaces by Hermann Zapf. Hermann Zapf (born November 8, 1918) is a German typeface designer who lives in Darmstadt, Germany. He is married to calligrapher and typeface designer Gudrun Zapf von Hesse. Zapf's work, which includes Palatino and Optima, has been widely copied, often against his will. The best known example may be Monotype's Book Antiqua, which shipped with Microsoft Office and was widely considered a "knockoff" of Palatino. Early life[edit] Zapf left school in 1933 with the ambition to pursue a career in electrical engineering. Introduction to typography[edit] Zapf was not able to attend the Ohm Technical Institute in Nuremberg, due to the new political regime. In 1935, Zapf attended an exhibition in Nuremberg in honor of the late typographer Rudolf Koch. Frankfurt[edit] A few days after finishing his apprenticeship, Zapf left for Frankfurt. War career[edit] World War II broke out in September, and Zapf's unit was to be taken into the Wehrmacht. Post-war[edit]

The Science of Looking Good in the Inbox CSSHow do I add margins to my image so text will wrap around it? Outlook 2007 and 2010 do not support the margin or padding CSS properties when placed within an image. Try using hspace and/or vspace:<img src=“ align=“left” vspace=“10” hspace=“10” /> Or add the additional spacing to the image itself (in pixels). CSSHow do I make a long text string wrap to the next line? If you have text within a table, for instance “aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa” and you want it to wrap, try adding this style: This is a Microsoft only property so it should not adversely effect other clients. CSSI see a 1px white border around my table cells. If you are using a background color in your table cell, you might see a 1px white border around the contents of the TD. Or you can add it inline:<td style=“border-collapse: collapse;”>... Check out this post from Campaign Monitor for more info. If you are trying to “right” or “left” align multiple nested tables, the fix is a little more involved.

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