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Chapter 12. Layers and Positioning

Chapter 12. Layers and Positioning

Absolute, predictable precision—never the strong suit of HTML—is nonetheless what designers crave from the Web.

Floating boxes—Adobe GoLive's mixture of JavaScript, Cascading Style Sheets (CSS), and HTML—have several advantages over layout grids. (This combination of tools is often called Dynamic HTML, or DHTML, though the term is controversial among Web developers, and somewhat imprecise.) Floating boxes act like miniature HTML pages nested within a page. Floating boxes can contain any sort of object, including text, images, or multimedia, and can themselves be animated. Floating boxes can be stacked on top of each other in definable layers, opening up a whole new dimension for designers.

Unlike layout grids or tables, floating boxes can be positioned anywhere on the page.

In this chapter, I cover:

  • How layers work

  • Adding and using floating boxes

  • Style-sheet positioning


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