Zen Cart / osCommerce Archive from June 2006 - January 2006
George Soros Back in the News
is once again back in the news, writing that the chief threat to the world is not North Korea,
Islamic extremism or Chinese militarism,
it's the USA
Google Trends even shows a slight uptick in news volume
about the zany Hungarian.
My interest in all of this is pecuniary, of course. I just happen to own
as well as a number of other fine domain names
Graphics on a Higher Plane!
A former colleague of mine opened an aviation decal business called
and I set up his shopping cart using
Zen Cart is a fantastic open source product with an extremely active
user (and contributor) base that I highly recommend to anyone
who wants to open an online store.
Some of the additions that I made to Zen Cart for Higher Graphics were:
- Dynamic price calculation based on attributes
- Linking attributes for validation purposes (dependent attributes)
- Extra image display
I have put together my own Zen Cart page
to show some of
the modifications I have made that others might find useful.
No More Spacer Gifs!
You don't have to be an
to realize that
using transparent GIF images within tables to achieve placement
is a less than ideal solution. Winding up with
nested tables within nested tables within nested tables can make
your html code clunky, difficult to modify and almost impossible to
validate. And fortunately, there's a better solution: CSS.
Don't worry - it's much
easier to use than you think. Take a look at
how things used to be done
and compare it with two better ways: one for a
another for a site with many pages.