When I rule the web...02 Nov 2008
I’ve been working on a few updates on web sites recently and like many web site developers I have been struggling with some nice browser based variations. I hope one day to find that Internet Explorer will actually display pages the same way every other browser seems to be able to without a special style sheet tweak or HTML workaround.
Anyway a few of the issues I encountered were resolved by adjusting element positions on screen. Rather than my usual trial and error binomial approach to positioning, I decided to try some Windows compatible on screen rulers. One ruler stood out from the others of being able to do everything I seemed to want to and in the easiest way.
- It allows you to set the units of measurement.
- It allows you to measure in two dimensions at once (without having to rotate the ruler).
- It provides guide rules with digital readouts of their positions.
- You can set a transparency level.
- It can be set to be always on top.
It is available as a simple standalone executable so you could even just drop it on your USB stick to use as a portable application. I’d recommend downloading this free (but you can donate to the program’s author) utility if you ever find yourself working with precise positions on your PC screen.