HELP! Any experts in Coding? I have an Interesting Question...

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  1. VideoNewbie, Jan 17, 2011
    Last edited: Jan 17, 2011

    VideoNewbie macrumors 6502

    Feb 6, 2009
    Hey Guys,

    I am in the market for hiring a programmer for my website..I already have a designer but i have 3 questions....(Basically i need to be sure what kind of programmer to hire and what files i would need from my designer to make it all work)

    1.) For javascript action coding as seen on: what exactly do i need from my designer in order to make all of this work? I've heard that I should provide the following: "A layered source file in either, Photoshop (.PSD) or Illustrator (.AI) format with the dynamic elements (like hovers) somehow made obvious to us. Our suggestion: two versions of the file, one with all dynamic elements (like rollovers) hidden, and a matching one with these elements visible. " since I am not a programmer I have no idea what this actually means... If i am understanding correctly all i need are two stationary images? That would make sense for simple tab actions, but if you look at the animation in the center of the site above...there is a truck driving in & out of the house etc. how would something like that be achievable with two stationary images?

    2.) please take a look at this site: if you click from tab to tab notice how the only part that refreshes is the background. the header stays stationary. I like this because it looks way more professional than a site like which reloads every time you click on a this javascript coding?


    3.) this is really cool and something i've never seen before.... how would i achieve something similar in my header graphic? is this javascript?

    Any & all help would be appreciated thanks!

  2. Cromulent macrumors 603


    Oct 2, 2006
    The Land of Hope and Glory
    That is nothing to do with programming and will be 100% supplied by your designer.

    I've checked the first site in Chrome 8, Safari 5, Opera 11 and Firefox 3.6 and it refreshes the whole page in all of them. It happens fast but it certainly does happen.

    But to answer your question, yes you can do that using Javascript.

    That is actually just nifty CSS as far as I can tell from a cursory glance at the source code.
  3. NikMac macrumors member

    Feb 9, 2008
    Cromulent explained it pretty well... yes, this is something your designer should be capable of - give a description of what you want (maybe even a link to that website) and your designer should know what to do.

    I love the quote, "A great programmer gives you what you want, not what you asked for."
  4. thejadedmonkey macrumors 604


    May 28, 2005
    Yup yup yup! The best customer I ever had, said, "I want a site that looks retro", but gave me about 10 example jpgs. I was able to turn around, manipulate them heavily in photoshop, and gave her back a website with the correct look and feel, not because it was "retro", but because I understood the examples she gave me was what she wanted-ish.

    tl;dr: Just show your designer the examples.

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