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Readers have sent in a total of 25 comments and questions on Web Design issues. They are listed according to date.

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General Make your site more fancy UK
General Difference between a browser and a search engine USA
Using Animation Want to learn about animation India
General What does random access mean in RAM? India
Different Browsers Images don't look right in Internet Explorer Mauritius
Basic Steps How do I upload my files? India
Basic Steps Is it necessary to use FrontPage for a website? Iceland
Animation Reasons for animations UK
General What is the definition of a website? India
Animation Wants animations in java tutorials india

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Make your site more fancy

Topic: General


January 12, 2010

u need to make ur site more fancy

- UK



Thanks for your suggestion. We'll try to make it more fancy.

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Difference between a browser and a search engine

Topic: General


November 24, 2009

School for Champions
I get different Answers to this question. What is the difference between a browser and a search engine? My Mac computer has Safari. I assume this is the browser although I have heard people call Google a browser which I thought was a search engine. ( Not Chrome Google which I assume is a browser) but please correct me if I'm wrong. Incidentally, do you plan to ever introduce calculus in your courses? You seem to have a flair for making the complex comprehensible. And we are often told that without a calculus base, a knowledge of science can only be on an extremely elementary level. Thank you so much for your answer and for your contribution to education.

Aldo - USA



The browser is what you use to view web pages. Safari is the browser on your computer. Another browser is Internet Explorer.

A search engine is the website used to search for and find information on the Internet. Google, Microsoft Bing and Yahoo Search are common search engines.

I'd like to introduce Calculus, but it is a dilly to do. First, I need to add more to the Algebra section. But I will follow your suggestion and start putting some Calculus material in the site.

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Want to learn about animation

Topic: Using Animation


April 2, 2009

I Believe I have skill to learn animation because I draw many cartoons in my school life, but presently I worked in software field as a programmer. I am interested to learn more about animation please help me.

anto - India



If you are good in drawing, it is worthwhile to learn one of the computer illustration programs. Adobe at has the top programs, but they are expensive. There are other programs to use to learn to draw computer illustrations.

Most animations are done with Adobe Flash. There are programs available that are less expensive and will output in the Flash format. See our lessons at:

Flash also allows some pretty fancy effects for those with programming knowledge.

Best wishes for a career as an animator.

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What does random access mean in RAM?

Topic: General


December 5, 2008

i know RAM means random access memory, but what does the word mean "random access"?

Gurjinder - India



The early types of memory was recorded on a tape drive. That meant that things had to be in a linear order, one after an other. With the present random access memory (RAM), the stored data can be accessed in any order. It isn't really random, but just independent of the order it was saved.

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Images don't look right in Internet Explorer

Topic: Different Browsers


August 1, 2008

hi,am just doing a module on web design at school,,so ive got a problem with IE browser,,,the pages are good in firefox,,,but on IE some pictures i modified in fireworks are not previewed as they really are ,,, for instance when i use a picture with a colorless canvas in fireworks,,,it automatically get the canvas color white when previewed in IE,,so a special so i jst made and effect of glass to be the background of my page,,but the effect is not good in IE,is the problem the browser or the picture/??? thanks in advance

chemben - Mauritius



The difference between browsers is the type of problem that plagues web designers. Although Internet Explorer is getting closer to industry standards, they still like to try to "help" designers with certain features that are not standard.

I made an image in Fireworks with a colorless canvas and saved it as a PNG file. I placed it in a table cell with a colored background. The PNG file canvas was colorless both in IE and Firefox. When I converted the file to a JPG file, the canvas was automatically made white.

Note that in the previous version of Dreamweaver, you could preview the file on their simulation of IE and Firefox. But in the new version, the files must be uploaded and viewed on the real browsers. That may be your problem. If not, I'm not sure what is happening.

I hope this helps.

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How do I upload my files?

Topic: Basic Steps


July 16, 2007

I want to know more in detail how do i upload my web application online?
What is an FTP application? Is there any other way to upload, please let me know....

Mathew - India



FTP stands for "file transfer protocol". It is the way files are sent from a PC to a web server.

You need to have access to the website server from company providing the hosting service for the website. You usually need a login and password to make that access.

There are a number of applications that will then allow you to FTP or upload your files to the website. Dreamweaver and FrontPage allow that. There are also many freeware or shareware FTP applications. You can find many through Once you are allowed access, the FTP process is a simply are dragging the file to the new location.

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Is it necessary to use FrontPage for a website?

Topic: Basic Steps


December 10, 2006

Thanks for your help via your useful information. Your site is providing high quality information regarding web developement. I got a question and I appreciate your answer. Here is the question, is it neccessary to work with a web developing software such as frontpage or others to get your web site designed and activated? Thanks,

Nader - Iceland



Web development software such as FrontPage and Dreamweaver are handy in creating pages where you can see the finished product. They make the job a lot easier. But you can create web pages in HTML code in a text editor or even save a Word document as HTML. If you are going to include images in your web pages, it is better to use FrontPage or Dreamweaver, unless you really know what you are doing.

There are many Internet hosts that will help set things up for activating your website. We use There are also some places that do it for free. Often, they have tools for designing simple web pages and uploading your files to your site.

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Reasons for animations

Topic: Animation


April 3, 2006

what are the capabilities and limitations of animation for the web. e.g not being able to flash a flash movie if flash has not been downloaded.

what are the reasons for animation on the web.

advantages and disadvantages for animation on the web.

oludare - UK



Animations can be used to demonstrate a process, but often they are just used for entertainment purposes. And quite often they are overused and actually can be irritating to the user.

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What is the definition of a website?

Topic: General


February 1, 2006


REKHA - India



A web page is a single page that can be displayed on the Internet. The best format for a web page is with HTML code in its background. But a web page can be a Word document, a text file, a PDF file or other format.

It is easy to add graphics and images in an HTML page, thus making it look good.

A website is an organized group of web pages that is on the Internet at a given web address or URL. Like for example.

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Wants animations in java tutorials

Topic: Animation


August 26, 2005

i want to add animation in my web application.
my web application is online java tutor & especially on topic of applet.
i want to add animation using advanced java programming.
so ,please reply me & give me some guidance for developing my project.

dhara - india



Even though you are making a tutorial on java, the easiest tool for animations is Macromedia Flash. You can use it to simulate what would happen from the java programming and use of applets.

Unless your tutorial is on developing animations in java, Flash is quicker to use for demonstrations.

Best wishes in your project.

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