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Using Referrer URLs to Better Understand Your Visitors

In my previous post, I showed how you can track the success of individual marketing efforts with a little jQuery code. Often,however, you don't have any source code in the URL. You can put asource code in the link on all your ads, but when another site links toyou of their own volition, there's not going to be a source code.

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Capturing Source Codes to Track Marketing Results

Ifyou are collecting leads or orders on your site, you should know wherethose prospects or orders are coming from. It's the only way to knowwhich of your marketing techniques is working. With a few lines of JavaScript, you can capture source codes from your URLs and save them in cookies for later use.

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2010: A Good Year in the Browser Wars

Theyear 2010 was, in many ways, a good year in the browser wars. Allbrowser makers improved their HTML5 and CSS3 support and made majorstrides in JavaScript performance. Even IE participated, if you includethe IE9 beta.

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Happy New Year from WordPress

"Happy New Year" message from Matt Mullenweg, creator of WordPress: My last message to you this year is an importantbut unfortunate one: we've fixed a pretty critical vulnerability inWordPress' core HTML sanitation library, and because this library isused lots of places it's important that everyone update as soon aspossible.

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Creating Rounded Corners with CSS3

Inthe early days of CSS-based design, square corners were a hallmark ofdesigns that focused on simplicity of code, rather than visualaesthetics. Roundedcorners remained somewhat painful to use, however, until the emergenceof support for creating them using the border-radius property of CSS3.Now it takes only a few lines of simple CSS code to have nicely roundedcorners—as long as you can accept that many users will see square corners until they move on to more modern browsers.

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CSS3: What's Useful Today

A Book Apart, the young book-publishing arm of the organization behind A List Apart and An Event Apart, has just released CSS3 for Web Designers, by Dan Cederholm, as a guide to CSS3 from the "what's really useful right now" perspective. As with the company's first book, HTML5 for Web Designers, this orientation, combined with an expert author, takes a large, complex subject and reduces it to a small, readable book.

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