Clotheslines in the Responsive Web

I’ve dedicate a page to a narrow study of Clothesline layouts in Responsive web design. Clotheslines are column-based layouts which hang from the same horizontal position on a page.  In static layouts the columns do not change width or number and can sometimes be uncomfortably unbalanced which is why they are not commonly used within the content area of static sites.

Responsive clothesline layout displaying three columns at 800 pixel width.

Responsive clothesline layout displaying three columns at 800px.

In Responsive design Clotheslines are a very promising to solution to presenting content in layouts which need to adjust from 320px width dingle column layouts to multiple columns at higher resolutions.

CSS3 introduced columns. Combined with adoption of max-width, min-width and inline-block the clothesline method for Responsive design will become a necessary skill for layout coders to master.

Currently (at the time of this post) support for Clothesline methods using only HTML and CSS is not good enough to adopt the technique if you want to accommodate older browsers.  JavaScript can be and is used to replicate the effect of reflowing and stacking content into a variety of numbers and widths of columns as they adapt to the width of a screen or browser window but is limited to devices which support JavaScript.

Check out the Responsive Clothesline article and code examples.

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Swearing on the Bible

Above all, my brothers, do not swear—not by heaven or by earth or by anything else. Let your “Yes” be yes, and your “No,” no, or you will be condemned.
~ James 5:12 NIV

There are three types of people who would swear on the Bible:

  1. Ignorant Christians: Those who take the Bible as Truth, but are unaware the Bible instructs them not to swear by anything.
  2. Hypocrites: Christians who know the Bible instructs them not to swear by anything, or non-Christians who wish to give the impression of piety and/or they are Christians.
  3. The coerced: Anyone, including those listed above, who fears they will be seen as untrustworthy or contemptuous if they do not swear on the Bible.

Which do you wish to be? A Christian who believes the Bible is True, but does not read it? A hypocritical Christian who profanes the word of God? A hypocritical non-Christian who is willing to lie to persuade others? A person who is afraid to tell the truth just because they were given the option to lie?

There is no option for an honest, informed person but to refuse to swear on the Bible.

Those who are not Christians would have every right to be put off by being offered a Bible to swear on, if at least because it forces one to reveal something about their beliefs, which have no bearing in court nor in politics. But Christians should take the greatest offense because it tempts people to profane the Holy Bible.

And, yet, it is Christians who support Bible-swearing in court because of some misplaced sense that doing so promotes and affirms Christianity at the government level. What it does is cause resentment and gives people the feeling Christianity is being shoved down their throats. Christians can easily imagine the resentment others feel by imagining being asked by the court to swear on the Torah or Quran.

Is it the place of Christians to tempt others, including Christians, to profane the Holy Bible?

We may as well ask every person who will stand as witness in court, “Would you like to spit on the Bible before we get started?”

On Writing in America ~ Christopher Hitchens

From an interview with Charlie Rose, August 2010.

If you show any promise as a writer in Britain, in London — that’s fine, and people will give you work, and so forth — but you keep feeling all the time you’re having to pass through a series of tests and hoops — “He’s quite promising,” and so forth.

You can die of that kind of encouragement.

Where in America if you are willing to take the chance and say, “Here I am. Try this,” you don’t feel you’re having to go through these stages of evolution; maturing in the cask like a fine old vintage that in the end goes sour before it’s ripe.

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Bieber Ros

Musician Nick Pittsinger was joking around when he slowed Justin Bieber’s “U Smile” to about 1/8th the song’s original speed, but the resulting recording is being passed around the Internet for its epic ambient sound.

The recording is being compared to Sigur Ros and Photon Wave Orchestra.

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