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Thinking in CSS

An interesting phenomenon in recent years is the emergence of a crop of newschool designers who don’t think in the conventional or old-school ways of HTML table-based layouts. Instead, the focus is on thinking in CSS as a means of rendering design. While all CSS Zen Garden designs expect this kind of thinking, there are still many old-school designers who are clinging to the rigid and often more complex mental approach of table-based design. In the case of Ballade, the designer was able to work directly in CSS in order to render the design’s layout. But what if that hadn’t been the case?

Old-School Woes

Looking at this design from an old-school perspective, it’s easy to see that creating something of this nature in a table-based layout would be nightmarish. If you took even just two sections of the primary design and attempted to lay them out in Macromedia Fireworks, using the image-splicing tool, you’d end up with a number of spliced images placed into a table:


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