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May 28, 2003

Shouting ‘Bout CSS

Simon Willison took the comments that some people had made doubting or dismissing the merits of using clean HTML and CSS for web design, and he did something constructive with it. He started a CSS tutorial series on his weblog, trying to focus on exactly the issues that the detractors had been pointing out. He named it “CSS ain’t Rocket Science”, and he’s been working on it for the last couple of weeks. It’s great to see someone working at something like this, although personally I think I would have taken it out of the blog and given it a separate section on my site. Not everything has to be a blog entry!

But still, he’s done a great job of it. Today he has “Fun with links”, showing how to turn links into buttons. In previous entries he’s explained the box model and redone Dave Winer’s site.

And to all the CSS detractors, there’s one thing I’ve been wanting to shout out from the rooftops for a long time:

CSS style and CSS layout are two different things! Completely, entirely separate! You can use one without the other! Tables and CSS can work together perfectly! Don’t dismiss CSS entirely just because there’s one or two things that are still flaky in one or two browsers!!

Thanks. Had to do it.

Wednesday Doughnut Blues

Every Wednesday the company buys doughnuts for everyone. It’s a great way to keep up morale and have people looking forward to the middle of the week, not just Friday. And the doughnuts always used to come from this little doughnut shop in town, some of the best I’ve tasted. But then, a few months ago, something changed. They started bringing in the Krispy Kremes instead.

Now, don’t get me wrong. I think Krispy Kremes hot off the line are one of the perfect foods. I still remember when the new store opened in Reno and we waited twenty minutes on line to get some, and then they started bringing around free samples! We went there every weekend for several months after that. But these doughnuts we have at work are a different beast all together. These are cold Krispy Kremes, bought from the supermarket. There is a point in the lifecycle of a Krispy Kreme when the icing starts to coagulate, and the dough stiffens a little bit, and it changes from nature’s miracle into this chewy mass that is barely edible. These are the Krispy Kremes that we get on Wednesday morning. People have said to microwave them, but that doesn’t work. They just get hot and soggy.

Krispy Kremes need to be eaten fresh. Bring back the real doughnuts!