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.

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  1. Simon Willison says:

    Great sentiment! That's one of the points I'm trying to make with my series (although I personally gave up using tables for layout months ago). I'm planning on shifting the tutorials to a separate site soon in the same kind of style as Mark Pilgrim's diveintoaccessibility, but I've got exams for the next two weeks so I won't get the chance to do it for a while.

    Posted May 28, 2003 @ 2:42 pm
  2. Scott Schrantz says:

    I guess it's better to write it and get it out there now, and then worry about the format later. Especially when you're short on time. Which is more important – the content, or the format? I think that answers itself.

    Posted May 28, 2003 @ 3:14 pm

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