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The HTML source of web pages put up by spammers often have the source code obfuscated in order to conceal the location of web sites and form destinations. The tools on this page can undo the obfuscation generated by some programs.

Six Revisions has compiled a list of 15 tools for monitoring a website's popularity. From estimating a blog's readership to counting the number of inbound links -- the list has a selection of different free online tools. Here are the first five:

Over at InsideCRM.com they have a big list of small things that take only five minutes each and make your site better. The advice covers different areas of expertise.

Entrepreneur and designer Ross Johnson has published a nice study of CSS typography on his personal blog. The article reviews ways of creating beautiful type designs using only the capabilities of style sheets, without any images. The CSS code for all examples is provided.

The creation of a mock-up is en essential part of the web design process. An initial, non-interactive visualization of your design will help you to improve on your ideas. Furthermore, mock-ups are an absolute must when working with clients or a larger team. Enter Yahoo's Design Stencil Kit, which makes the process easier by providing a number of ready-made user interface components, meant specifically for the rapid creation of mock-ups.

In a series of nice video visualizations, you can see how your browser draws and orders the different elements of a web page. There are examples for Wikipedia, Google, and Mozilla.org . Click here to view.

We all know that CSS has its quirks, but Eric Meyer, author of Cascading Style Sheets: The Definitive Guide, has vented some frustration in an extraordinarily long treatise on the line-height property. It turns out line layout is messed up.

The company that created and supports the Opera web browser announced the alpha release of a new web development suite. Opera Dragonfly, called "the foundations of Opera's upcoming Developer Tools" on the company's website, will include tools for JavaScript debugging, CSS and DOM inspection, as well as an error console.


Internet Explorer is a special case to web design testing because of three things. First, some versions have unique bugs; second, it is a very complex task to have two versions of the browser run side by side on the same Windows machine; and third, you must test everything in it because it is the dominant browser out there. The task just got easier with IE Tester.

The Web Developer add-on now supports the latest version of the Mozilla Firefox browser, according to an announcement on author Chris Pederick's website. Firefox 3, currently in beta, is expected to ship in a couple of months, and the Web Developer add-on has become an essential and irreplaceable tool to many web designers.


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