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1:50 pm on Aug 13, 2004 (gmt 0)

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Can anyone? tell me where can I find any information about How does CSS help while designing a webpage. I am talking about pure designing, taking in to consideration the scalability of CSS codes.

What are the plus points - minus points while designing a webpage?

What I mean is I know that there maybe some great sites build in CSS, but how does one start's of designing a webpage thinking that it will be further coded in CSS.I would like to understand this technology from a DESIGNERS perspective!

I am open to any comments/suggestions that you might have to help.

Thank you



1:59 pm on Aug 13, 2004 (gmt 0)

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short n sweet:


<added> check css zen garden [csszengarden.com] to get inspiration</added>


5:16 pm on Aug 13, 2004 (gmt 0)

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The more you understand the possibilities opened up with CSS (as well as its limitations) the more you will create page templates that make optimum use of those possibilities. This includes visual effects that can be achieved with very minimal use of bandwdith.

It also includes better control of the way text is rendered. So many times in team development, the designer is the only person with a strong aesthetic sense, and that aesthetic sense can be very valuable in the "type-setting" area, which is often handled exclusively by the tech types.

Many graphic desingers have had formal training in typography and if they master css, they can make a strong contribution to the final look of the site.


10:20 am on Aug 15, 2004 (gmt 0)

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You can also design websites without using <table> tags with CSS, a major advantage in many situations.


4:56 pm on Aug 17, 2004 (gmt 0)

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You'll find information on the W3C web site (www.w3c.org) You can learn CSS, and XHTML 2.0 too ;-)


[edited by: Brett_Tabke at 5:03 pm (utc) on Aug. 17, 2004]
[edit reason] thanks - check tos - no sig urls please. [/edit]


10:00 pm on Aug 18, 2004 (gmt 0)

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Check out Eric Meyer's 'hands-on' books, and his website.


8:21 am on Aug 26, 2004 (gmt 0)

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the best thing about css is its scalability across many platforms, the first giant step toward the eventual "write once-use everywhere" objective for repurposing web content to other formats.

That means a single stylesheet can drive an entire web site layout for a variety of platforms. no more tedious edits on a bunch of static pages to make changes. just edit the stylesheet and the changes are global.

I recently completed a mobile/handheld web project where I created a pure css web site with one stylesheet controlled both the fullsize desktop web site and the miniature handheld model without having to build separate sites for the same content in different sizes.

Being able to specify multiple media types with css has opened the door for the impending "media convergence". CSS has also eliminated the need for javascript for stuff like mouseovers, image zooms, slideshows and other interactive tasks.

For the best selection of pure css web sites, visit [cssvault.com....] while many sites have a distinctive "blog look" to them, some of them are absolutely breathtaking not only for the visuals, but for blazing fast downloads, and some pretty innovative coding techniques.


ONE CAVEAT: make sure you have a couple of hours to spare, tho. it's easy to lose track of time at that site.



5:45 pm on Sep 1, 2004 (gmt 0)

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Dear all

Have you found that using CSS for layout and SEO are 'compatible'. I am also wondering if any of you have used Yahoo Site Match and encountered any rejections from Editors for using techniques which won't perform in Netscape 4.7!

In general terms, I am trying (a little unsuccessfully) to find out if Yahoo in particular have advanced from their luddite acceptance policies which made a Business Express Submission for a site which dared to stray from 'HTML text' so fraught with danger!


8:09 am on Sep 2, 2004 (gmt 0)

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Mark allthough I can't talk explicitly for yahoo I don't see how 'good' CSS design can do anything to hurt SEO.

I have found that is has had no detrimental effects at all on the sites where we have implemented it. Separating content from style can only be beneficial. For instace if you look at the HTML for the afore mentioned CSSzengarden it is clean, well ordered content, I.E. spider food. CSS also allows you to make the content more easily available to mobile devices, other media and accessible.


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