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2008
Dec
28

Site Layout Update

Categories: Site Updates

The CSS layout has been updated. Footer menu is now working (based on HB menu). I’ve also fixed some IE-specific issues. The design should be more compatible across most browsers now.

Unlike HB, the modified site design properly adjusts to text size changes when it is set differently from the browser options. I just made sure that some elements (e.g. date icon, footer menu) are not affected, since these are fixed-size elements.

I’ve also updated the header/footer place holders, so they reflect the proper sizes. Some unnecessary CSS styles (both for the site, and some wordpress-specific id generation) have also been removed to make the codes leaner.

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2008
Dec
22

Site Layout

Categories: Site Updates

I have just wrapped up the basic site design. The site header, footer and other areas still need to be finalized. However, the CSS layout is already working. So far, the blog area is more or less complete now, so the other site pages will just follow this structure.

The layout actually follows the HB site design, with some changes. The main width is a few pixels narrower, to make sure that the site will fit on 800×600 screens (and thereby not needing horizontal scrolling). I was studying the player demographics of HB and surprisingly, about 12% of the visitors are still using 800×600 so I have to take this into consideration.

I’ve also placed sections inside boxes (blog post, side bars). I think this makes things easier to group/divide visually. I was initially planning to use graphical boxes (with round edges and shine effect), however it adds some overhead i.e. additional graphics and more complex CSS that may not even be 100% cross-browser compatible. So I decided to keep things simple. I think the results are still decent.

I am also using a date icon for the blog posts. I really liked the concept when I saw it somewhere, so I made sure it’s also implemented here. It also helps to easily identify one post from another.

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2008
Dec
15

80-Ball Bingo Game Update

Categories: Flash Bingo Games

The 80-ball bingo Flash game front-end is now working, with graphics based from the default theme/skin. It took only a few hours 🙂 The game is pretty much in the same state as the other games (minor general changes needed). I’m happy because it means the coding is generally efficient (i.e. it’s easy to make new game adaptations if the rules stay similar).

Resuming of games has been broken because of some other updates I was doing (mainly database stuff). This has also been fixed now.

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