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By Christopher Schmitt

ISBN-10: 0321501829

ISBN-13: 9780321501820

After studying the language of layout, how does one successfully use standards-based applied sciences to create visually robust websites? The full-color Adapting to internet criteria: CSS and Ajax for large websites supplies builders a peek into the method of the easiest designers on this planet throughout the paintings of excessive profile, real-world sites that made them well-known. The ebook makes a speciality of deconstructing those top-tier large-scale websites with specific cognizance given to deconstructing CSS.


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The Boxes Were Measured All Wrong When IE 4 came out in 1997, and when IE 5 for the Macintosh came out in 2000, Microsoft seemed to be doing fairly well with its Web browsers. Not that they were great, but in terms of CSS support and user adoption, they were simply doing much better than Netscape 4 had fared. 5 (the only games in town for many Web authors), it was assumed by most developers that the CSS support that they were getting used to was in fact correct. But just because something’s better or more popular doesn’t mean it’s correct.

This can leave a whole team scratching their heads wondering what is going on. Usually something has happened in terms of the design being incorporated with some software backend or a CMS tool, or someone just inserted an HTML comment before the DTD without realizing it. ). com serves as an inspiration portal and a Web standards resource. 0 Strict//EN” “http://www. org/1999/xhtml” xml:lang=”en” lang=”en”> CSS Beauty | CSS Design, News, Standards Jobs, Community, Web Chapter  Coding the Front End 25 For the sake of argument, assume for a moment that a mistake is made, and the DOCTYPE declaration is removed from the site in its development environment (this would never happen in production, unless he was editing live, which should always be avoided).

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37 38 ADAPTING TO WEB STANDARDS Note that this removes from the markup any indication what the element looks like, so that when the site is redesigned the classes are still relevant and the markup does not need to be updated. These also identify what the objects are, as opposed to what they look like. This is especially important on a large-scale site and where CSS is being used for layout—when changes happen in a redesign, the CSS class names are of vital importance to an easy transition, and their meaning should not be lost or confused because of a poor naming system that contradicts what each object actually is.

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