The Web Design Survey

April 25th, 2007


New CSS Hotness

April 24th, 2007

I just opened CSSEdit and, as I usually do when a program wants to update itself, I automatically clicked “install and relaunch”. Yeah, woop-de-doo an updated version. Well, CSSEdit 2.5 is genuine hotness and an exciting upgrade.

The new tabbed interface is great. I really appreciate the new ability to have tabs on the stylesheet editor window in addition to the preview window. And you can drag them around in really cool ways.

The X-ray Inspector is fantastic. Better than the plain X-ray from the previous version, X-ray Inspector shows you all the styles applied to the selected element. It even works across multiple stylesheets.


The Selector Builder is also extremely sweet. It acts like Mail rules to let you build complex selectors visually.


CSSEdit was already a major tool in my tool belt, but this update really makes me happy. If you design with CSS, you owe it to yourself to check it out.


Radiant is a great Content Management System, but one of its biggest shortcomings has been the lack of support for comments. This may be alright for static sites, but it pretty much means you can’t use Radiant to manage a blog.

Until now. Radiant now supports comments through my Comments extension.

Take a look at the demo site, where you can see Radiant with Comments in action.

To use Comments, you’ll need to be running the Mental branch of Radiant. Just check out Comments into your vendor/extensions directory:

svn co vendor/extensions

Setting up Mental Radiant and installing extensions is not for the faint-hearted. I expect it will get better though, because Radiant has an active development community, and I’m not finished yet with Comments.

There is a lot to do to complete the Comments extension. If you use Comments, please send in any patches or improvements that you do.