Straightedge for hand-coding Web design (Windows)


I've been designing websites more in Notepad++ than in Dreamweaver lately and found myself in need of an on-screen straightedge. At first I used the screen itself by pushing the browser window off the edge - works, but not great. A slightly better solution I found is to use the Task Manager (Ctrl+Alt+Del). Since it's "always on top" by default, you can move either the browser or the Task Manager without losing your straightedge under a stack of windows.


In many cases, you can easily enough do the math and add up your item heights to align what you need, but occasionally things just get hard to add up (complex layouts) or are affected by indeterminable forces (lte IE7 anomalies, etc.) - and a little straightedge action can save some time.

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