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Chapter Two. Designing and Building with... > Benefits of Transitional Methods

Benefits of Transitional Methods

Transitional methods that comply with XHTML and CSS would be a vast improvement over what we have today and would solve the problems discussed so far. With transitional techniques—CSS for typography, color, margins, and so on and XHTML tables for basic layout—you increase usability, accessibility, interoperability, and long-term viability, albeit at the cost of more work and expense (and in most cases, more bandwidth) than a nontable, pure-CSS approach.

Happy Cog (www.happycog.com), my web agency's business site, is a transitional one [2.7, 2.8, 2.9]. It combines XHTML table layout techniques with CSS1 and CSS2 and simple DOM-based scripting. The site complies with the XHTML 1.0 Transitional and CSS standards, and it's compatible with the accessibility requirements of Section 508 and WAI Priority 1 Guidelines (more about those guidelines in Part II).


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