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Re: [css-d] What happened to design?

Sent by Ben Henick on 25 January 2002 16:04

On Fri, 25 Jan 2002, Joshua Kaufman wrote:

> Has anyone else read Chris Casciano's article on the cookie cutter
> approach that many are taking to CSS?
> He argues that even though major browsers have become more standards..
> Is anyone else using CSS like this?  Will strong use of CSS bring
> about...

The reasons for this are manifold, I think.

1.  Netscape 4.

2.  Dreamweaver et. al.

3.  Designers by and large have yet to grasp the fact that markup was
    always meant for structural purposes, and are clinging to their
    comfort zones (see #2).

That said, what can CSS really do, that's amazing?  (I asked a similar
question at WebVisions, and it tanked horribly - nobody understood what I
was getting at.)

CSS /by itself/ is... well, interesting.  But in terms of neat stuff, most
of its power as a single tool is in control of type.  CSS2 allows
presentation and structure to cooperate more broadly, but we all know
about the current state of CSS2 support.

Once you get past that, there's not much... unless you start doing DHTML
(which without CSS is a lot less valuable).

For many of the roles DHTML can fill, Flash already does the job quite
well, from the designer's perspective.

Which starts simmerin' a whole diff'nt kettle o'fish.

Keep in mind though that I'm not dissin' on DHTML (note my earlier post).
At the same time, it's the designer's role to create something that makes
people gasp in awe - and designers capable of inspiring such awe are more
likely to do their work in Flash.

Ben Henick
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