Blogger Disclosures

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Even if you’re mostly occupied with designing websites, you should be aware of FTCs guidelines about disclosing material connections (like affiliate links) for your own site, or other sites and blogs you visit. These disclosure guides aren’t specifically written for bloggers, but apply to anyone who implements online advertising. As the internet is growing out of its baby stage, laws and guidelines have been created or adapted to accommodate and include new technologies. Following are a few files and guides the FTC (a consumer protection agency) has issued on the topic:

FTC’s Q&A Guide

Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising (PDF). These Guides offer more than 35 examples of how they apply in practical settings.

FTC’s Guide about Online Advertising (PDF)

“The Guides address the application of Section 5 of the FTC Act (15 U.S.C. 45) to the use of endorsements and testimonials in advertising. The Guides provide the basis for voluntary compliance with the law by advertisers and endorsers. Practices inconsistent with these Guides may result in corrective action by the Commission under Section 5 if, after investigation, the Commission has reason to believe that the practices fall within the scope of conduct declared unlawful by the statute.”

What’s an endorsement?

“Endorsement means any advertising message (including verbal statements, demonstrations, or depictions of the name, signature, likeness or other identifying personal characteristics of an individual or the name or seal of an organization) that consumers are likely to believe reflects the opinions, beliefs, findings, or experiences of a party other than the sponsoring advertiser, even if the views expressed by that party are identical to those of the sponsoring advertiser. The party whose opinions, beliefs, findings, or experience the message appears to reflect will be called the endorser and may be an individual, group, or institution.”

What about testimonials?
“The Commission intends to treat endorsements and testimonials identically in the context of its enforcement of the Federal Trade Commission Act and for purposes of this part.”

Clean Up Your HTML

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If you need to find errors within your HTML or you simply want clean up your code, the online version of HTML Tidy can help. Simply add your URL, copy and paste your HTML code, or up load your file. Then define a few settings like your output and character encoding and this free web tool will do the rest.

Besides explanations about your messy code, HTML Tidy will clean up characters not allowed with your encoding, incomplete tags, redundant tags, unknown tags, invalid character codes and so on. The output is ready to be copied and pasted. One thing the tool is lacking is line numbering, which would make it easier to identify where your errors are.

html tidy screen to clean up your html

Web Design Inspiration

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A great place to look for web design inspiration is to look at trends in other aspects of everyday life. Trendhunter has dozens of categories, including a WTF section within each one for your enjoyment and inspiration to get your web design juices flowing again. You’ll find the latest trends in fashion, funerals and tributes for example.

If these examples won’t do it for you, maybe Cedric Laquieze’s floral skeleton sculptures will get you to stop for a second and behold:

floral skeletal sculpture for inspiration

LA Without Cars

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Ever wonder what LA looks without any cars on the streets? Many images on have been taken without any cars in the pictures. Hard to tell how he got the shots without the cars, because the images don’t look manipulated either. The Los Angeles photos were taken by a German tourist photographer and sorted into categories by year built, districts, boulevards and more. He also has pictures of graffiti, murals and sorts them by medium used.

The site has thousands of pictures of LA, many (maybe most?) without cars, all sorted by many different criteria which makes this a great resource for anyone interested in Los Angeles architecture or in need of inspiration for their project. Tourists will appreciate the fact that all images come with an address. The idea of taking all these images without cars is what makes this site special. How often have you seen an image of LA or any metropolis for that matter without any cars in it?

Los Angeles fire house no cars

CSS3 Generator

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Using border radius for rounded corners, box and text shadows and other styles is a snap with the CSS3 Generator. Not only does it give you a preview and the option to copy or download the code snippet, it also shows you which browsers and mobile devices your generated code is compatible with. Use this tool also for gradients, CSS Transition, CSS Transform, CSS Animation and @font-face properties.


css3 generator