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The Flood Begins

The editorial struck a chord. Within days, one independent site after another began converting to CSS for layout and XHTML for structure. The daily site of Todd Dominey [4.12] is representative of these CSS converts in its choice of technology, while well above average in the quality of its writing and design. A new media professional based in Atlanta, Dominey uses Flash for his multiple award-winning portfolio site [4.13], and he uses CSS and XHTML for his daily web log.

4.12. The two sides of Todd Dominey, new media designer. His smart daily site (shown here) uses XHTML for document structure and CSS for layout (www.whatdoiknow.org).


4.13. Dominey's award-winning portfolio site makes smart use of Flash (www.domineydesign.com).


On the latter site, Dominey explains why he converted to pure web standards:

This site uses full-blown XHTML/CSS layout techniques. No transparent gif spacers. No rows. No columns. No junk. The reason is simple—I'm a new media designer by trade and needed a place to experiment with advanced design techniques client work doesn't usually allow (rightly so, in some cases). The layout techniques are bleeding edge and will be continuously updated for newer browsers. If you are using at least Internet Explorer 5.0 (Mac and Win) or up, in addition to Mozilla, Netscape 6, and Opera, you won't have problems. Any older or beta browsers, like iCab and OmniWeb, will have problems. If all you see is gray background and blue text, you desperately need to upgrade your browser.

www.whatdoiknow.org/about.shtml

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