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Chapter Two. Designing and Building with... > Strict Forward Compatibility

Strict Forward Compatibility

Ingredients

  • Full separation of structure from presentation and behavior.

  • Valid CSS used for layout. Tables used only for their original purpose: the presentation of tabular data such as that found in spreadsheets, address books, stock quotes, event listings, and so on.

  • Valid XHTML 1.0 Strict or Transitional used for markup.

  • Emphasis on structure. No presentational hacks in markup (Strict) or as few as possible presentational hacks in markup (Transitional).

  • Structural labeling/abstraction of design elements. (“Menu” rather than “Green Box.”)

  • DOM-based scripting for behavior. Limited code forking only if and when necessary.

  • Accessibility attributes and testing.


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