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I'm more of a designer than a programmer, but I program for the web, using PHP, Javascript, and unless I can avoid it, MySQL.

I also grasp Bash shell scripting, a little LAMP server administration, and various other things that ultimately lead to creating and managing web sites.

When it comes to programming, and the things I do for IT work in general, my main issue is that of being a Jack of all trades - limited knowledge about many things, without being truly expert at any one of them. So I'm always having to ask questions because when it comes to any specific goal, almost certainly someone knows better than me how to do it. ;)


Aug
14
comment Technical term for stray pixels
Thanks for the added example. In the picture of the dog, what is happening is that the stray pixels are the result of JPG compression (possibly combined with the white not being as pure as you thought before saving to JPG format). The compression algorithm is trying to reconcile the negative white space around the dog with all the colour within the dog, because JPG compression is looking for the best average colours across wide spaces. As in my answer, I would definitely call these "artefacts", but, again, please note that "artefacts" can also have other causes, such as bad aliasing.
Aug
14
comment Technical term for stray pixels
@horatio: Distance has nothing to do with it. The point is that "aliasing" is not an error. It's a feature that is sometimes useful and sometimes not depending on the desired outcome. The OP is asking about a problem, when pixels have undesired visibility. They may be the result of badly done aliasing, but aliasing is not, in itself, the problem or the description.
Aug
14
awarded  Yearling
Jul
26
comment Why do people keep telling me my site looks awful?
@OrenA: I did not mean for my posting to be a discouragement, and I'm sorry if it came off that way. Please don't take it to mean that "feel" is something you will necessarily struggle with because it is unquantifiable. I meant more only to emphasize that because learning design is largely a process practical experimentation, you should be prepared to not have it click with one or two explanations in a support forum. If it's something you enjoy and want to do, then I am simply cautioning that a little patience is needed, and don't get frustrated too soon.
Jul
26
comment Technical term for stray pixels
Is there a reason why the term "stray pixel" is itself insufficient for your needs? If you could explain why, that might give more context so as to be able to answer your question accurately.
Jul
26
answered Technical term for stray pixels
Jul
26
comment Technical term for stray pixels
I'm not sure this would be a correct use of the term aliasing. Aliasing is not always undesirable, and does not always result in "stray" pixels.
Jul
22
awarded  Teacher
Jul
22
answered Why do people keep telling me my site looks awful?
Jul
22
awarded  Critic
Jul
21
accepted Do all monospace sans-serif fonts look the same?
Jan
30
awarded  Scholar
Jan
30
comment Is there no such thing as OCR-B font in bold?
I think the verdict is in... no such thing as a bold OCR-B, especially considering @AlanGilbertson's comment. I will look into options for making custom alterations.
Jan
30
accepted Is there no such thing as OCR-B font in bold?
Jan
30
comment Do all monospace sans-serif fonts look the same?
I'm definitely not limited to freebies. The client will cover whatever it costs to get a really choice font, so if anyone had an exotic paid font to recommend, I'm all ears. :)
Jan
30
comment Do all monospace sans-serif fonts look the same?
Thank you very much for taking the time to write this detailed and insightful answer, so +1 for that. I think you make a compelling case for why DejaVu is the most readable out of the usual monospace offerings. But, and I'm sorry to be picky, the question wasn't "which monospace is best", but "does a monospace that doesn't look like the rest exist". DejaVu is actually included in the links I mentioned in my original question, so I had considered it, but also dismissed it because, for all it's clarity between characters, still follows the same conventions.
Jan
26
comment Is there no such thing as OCR-B font in bold?
Yeah... OCR A and OCR B are very, very different.
Jan
26
awarded  Supporter
Jan
26
comment Do all monospace sans-serif fonts look the same?
It's for a program that is trying to do something innovative with textual interface. It's kind of a long story, so suffice it to say that I'm trying to get a monospace font that is easy on the eyes and readable.
Jan
26
awarded  Student