Custom modal windows using canvas and MooTools

I’ve built a simple modal window class named Modal using MooTools. This class combines a dynamic canvas drawing API (my Rectangle class) with dynamic DOM element generation to create on-demand modal windows using no external images. My goal was to make this about as easy to use as a normal JavaScript alert, prompt or confirm window.

Hawaiian diacriticals

This brings me to one of my pet peeves and the purpose of this post: misuse of the backtick (`) character. Many of the afore-mentioned well-intentioned folks mistakenly use a backtick to represent an ‘okina, and it drives me absolutely bonkers.

Fun with canvas and MooTools: a Rectangle class

Recently at work I realized I needed a good modal window that was more extensible than JavaScript’s built-in confirm and prompt windows. MochaUI looked like a handy way to get slick modal windows into my project, but I soon realized that MochaUI is designed to do much, much more than I need, and therefore is (for my purposes) bloated. So, in typical DIY fashion here at pipwerks, I decided to borrow a page from Greg’s book and make my own MochaUI-inspired modal window using the canvas element, CSS, HTML, and MooTools. After evaluating what I’d need for my little modal window, I whipped up a MooTools-based JavaScript class that produces canvas rectangles in the blink of an eye.

Obfuscating email addresses, revisited

A while back, I posted my method for defeating spambots that harvest email addresses. This post is an update to that original method. It explores cleaner, less obtrusive code approaches and more accessible/usable HTML markup.