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Countless Converts and the Help Sites They Rode in On

Countless personal sites and web logs have gone the CSS/XHTML route in the two years since the Browser Upgrade campaign and the ALA redesign hit the design community like a double uppercut. (Well, maybe not quite like a double uppercut. We're designers, not fight fans, and our sports similes rarely stand up to scrutiny.)

To help facilitate the sudden interest in CSS layout, several personal sites published open source CSS layouts, free for the taking. Don't understand how CSS works? Unsure how to lay out pages with styles? Visit any of these sites to linger and learn or copy and paste:

For those with more aggressive ambitions, Eric Meyer (author of Eric Meyer on CSS) offers “css/edge” [4.16], sporting cutting-edge CSS layout techniques that work only in the most compliant browsers. Such techniques by nature cannot be used in most client work, but they provide a training ground for the kind of work we'll be able to do next year.

4.16. Eric Meyer's css/edge sports cutting-edge techniques that work only in the newest, most compliant browsers (www.meyerweb.com/eric/css/edge/).


Most CSS designers are content to produce sites that look right in IE5 or better and degrade acceptably (or simply show content sans layout) in Netscape 4. Mark Newhouse's Real World Style [4.17] usefully offers CSS layouts that work acceptably in Netscape 4 and other antiquated browsers. Want to say yes to CSS? Can't afford to say “to hell with old browsers?” You don't have to say anything of the kind—Real World Style points the way.

4.17. On the opposite end of the spectrum from css/edge, Mark Newhouse's Real World Style (www.realworldstyle.com) offers open source CSS layouts that work reasonably well even in browsers as old and wretched as Netscape 4. (Naturally, they work well in newer, more compliant browsers, too.)


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