I’m Manuel Strehl, a web developer from Germany. My favorite topic, and what you will find most on this site, is getting information into a humanly digestible state.
You can also find me
on Twitter as @m-strehl,
on Github as Boldewyn,
on StackOverflow as Boldewyn, too,
as MDN editor and
I’ve put some images on DeviantART.
(“What’s a ‘Boldewyn’?”)
On Replacing Checkboxes and Radio Buttons with CSS3 and w/o Images
13 Jun 2011
There are several techniques to replace native checkboxes with images. This approach will need no extra markup, degrades gracefully and doesn’t harm a single image.
Using PHP as It was Meant to
11 May 2011
PHP has been thrashed a lot over the last years. While many critics are doubtlessly true, it is still the most used server-side language to create the web we use today and it is an easy to learn language to get started w…
A Simple Icon Set
9 May 2011
For one of my recent projects I looked for simple icons, that are free to use. Well, to put it in a nutshell, I didn’t find, what I was looking for. So I fired up Inkscape and created a set that fits my need. Here it is, simple, plain, monochrome and free to use (a.k.a. in public domain).
HTML5 Reset Styles
2 May 2011
The HTML5 specification lists default CSS rules. The article describes how to revert these.
Markup for Syntax Highlighting
28 Apr 2011
The article describes a way to mark up syntax highlighted source code with a simple pre element while retaining the advantages of other solutions.
Simple EPUB ebooks with Python
29 Mar 2011
The EPUB standard is based on several other, well-established technologies. This makes it easy to generate simple ebooks in this format with the standard libraries of many modern languages. I’ll show here a way to do it …
A Minimal Proxy with PHP and SQLite
8 Mar 2011
Create CSS Sprites with ImageMagick
24 Jan 2011
After colorizing the SVG icons I needed to create images suitable for CSS sprites out of them. The first step is rasterizing the SVG files, as I described in the previous article. We now have a bundle of PNG files, which…
Colorizing Icons with `sed`
24 Jan 2011
Creating colorized versions of a base icon usuallycalls for heavy Photoshop actions.
Recently I created an SVG file with some simple black-and-white icons I wanted to use in an application. The file contains a red…
Website Thumbnails with CSS
14 Dec 2010
A thumbnail view of a website is meanwhile a common sight. Google has recently introduced it in its search results page, and numerous ad services offer more or less annoying tool tips with page previews. What all these i…