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Chapter Checklist

  1. If you are on a limited budget, make sure that you invest some of your time and money on creating a standards-compliant site.

    This will pay off as you build the site, and even more as you maintain it.

  2. Remember the value of keeping separation between structure and presentation.

    When it comes time to redesign your site, the XHTML structure should not have to be altered. You might need to add a few special divisions, identifiers, or classes, but the basic structure should hold from one design version to the next. Reworking the presentation of a site should ideally be limited to altering the style sheets.

  3. Build one site, and build it well.

    If you use well-structured markup, you should never have to create and maintain multiple versions of your site. One good site will work equally well on traditional browsers, handheld devices, and assistive technology. Be user agent–agnostic, and all users will love you for it.

  4. Remember that CSS is a much more powerful design tool than presentational HTML ever hoped to be.

    You can control margins, leading, and typography, as well as create rollovers and other interactive effects. All of this can be had with just a few lines of CSS—a shoestring bargain if there ever was one.

To do good work, one must first have good tools.

—Chinese proverb


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