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Old 12-06-2010, 09:10 AM   #4
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ronald: I'm looking over the source but I'm not sure how to find it.
Right click the page and choose "View Page Source" and then do a page Find on "stylesheet" (or just "style")--no quote marks--and note that there are multiple stylesheets in that rather difficult to read source code.

For example, this is the stylesheet for "href="/en/shared/core/2/css/css.ashx?sc=/en/us/site.config&m=cspMscomHomePageBase" " which creates the background for the microsoft link you ref'd in your original post--note that the gradient is a png file:

html{background-color:#024978}html,body,div,p,table,tr,td,form,img ,h1,h2,h3,h4,h5,h6,li,input{background-position:left top;background-repeat:no-repeat;margin:0px;padding:0px}html,body,div,p,tabl e,tr,td,form,img,h1,h2,h3,h4,h5,h6,li{border-width:0px}body *{font-family:Tahoma,Verdana,Segoe,sans-serif}body{background-color:#ecf5fb}body{background-color:#ecf5fb;background-image:url('http://i3.microsoft.com/en/shared/templates/master/cspMscomHomePageBase/Stage_BG_btm.png');background-position:bottom;background-repeat:repeat-x;font-size:70%;padding-bottom:20px}a:link,a:visited{text-decoration:none}a:hover,a:active{text-decoration:underline}h2{color:#2e5374;font-size:1.5em;font-weight:normal}h3{color:#6c7275;font-size:1.5em;font-weight:normal;margin-bottom:13px}h4{font-weight:bold;line-height:1.4em;font-size:1em}img{border-width:0px}ul{margin:0px;padding:0px}div.h15-top{background-color:#e0eff6;background-image:url('http://i3.microsoft.com/en/shared/templates/components/cspMscomHeader/m_head_blend.png');background-position:top;background-repeat:no-repeat;border-left:solid 1px #599cd4;border-right:solid 1px #599cd4;margin:0px auto;width:932px}

I agree with Lois that you should charge a design setup fee and then whatever amount to implement each page--$25 is selling yourself short. A reasonable question to ask is what the client had in mind as a budget which gives you at least a baseline figure.

Figure out a time estimate for your design/setup and individual page implementation and multiply that by a reasonable per hour fee ($25/hour? $35/hour? $45/hour?) to determine an overall figure for the entire project. You can then adjust it as you see fit--keeping in mind the client's budget figure. If you just say "I'll charge you $25/page" when you haven't sat down and figured out an estimate based on the different tasks (design, setup, page implementation, tweaking), then you are working in the dark--the next time a job like this comes up you will have figures and experience to draw on.


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