Fun With CSS2

Posted by PH on January 05, 2007
Web Design

I’ve been very busy this week: back at work and building a website for a paying client at the same time. This is the first time I’ve properly attempted a full-on web standards-compliant CSS2 site and it’s been, er, fun. Designing and building slick pages certainly seems a lot easier than it used to be: thankfully the days of hacking huge tables when formatting is over. However, up to a point all we’ve done is swap one set of problems for another, the main cause of which remains browser incompatibilities. And, yes, we’re talking about Microsoft as the obligatory bad guys. Why can they not just join in with everyone else? I’m not going to go into the gory details, but a tiresome evening spent scouring the Internet was rewarded when a very nice Norwegian chap from one of the CSS mailing lists provided a suitable fix. Cheers Georg…

My constant companions this week have been:

  1. Jeffrey Zeldman’s Designing With Web Standards. An excellent book, containing a nice mixture of historical context and useful real-world examples. Zeldman is clearly a bit of a trainspotter when it comes to (X)HTML and browsers: it’s a tough job, but someone’s got to do it! A Top Geezer.
  2. Dan Cederholm’s Web Standards Solutions. Lots of down-to-earth practical help with the minimum of verbiage getting in the way.

Useful links:

That’s it for today. Thanks for coming…

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