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Reflections

In many ways, this was one of the most difficult projects I've created for the book. Why? Because I wasn't able to touch the markup and because I was working toward a very specific visual goal. The combination of these two constraints made the process very, very interesting.

The perfect example is the sidebar positioning. Sure, it's cool that we can use top and margin-top in combination to place the link list, but it turned out to be a fragile solution. Suppose the user bumps the text size up to 120% of normal. The quick summary text immediately flows to four lines, but there's no way for the top value to change as a result (short of using JavaScript, but that's outside the scope of the book). To keep everything aligned, it would need to change to 10.6em. Instead, the sidebar content ends up overlapping the quick summary area.


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