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

Sent by Al Sparber on 25 January 2002 16:04


Designing with CSS has absolutely nothing to do with a page's beauty. I
think Scott's page is very attractive, I think Eric's new site looks better
than his old site... but it has nothing to do with CSS. It's like saying
that all usable sites have to be ugly or look like Jakob Neilsen's site
':0-)

DHTML is limited by the inconsistent DOM implementations of browsers. Given
a task, any modern browser can cause any DHTML developer a severe migraine.
Trust me on this.

Flash is another story and one that has seen Macromedia laughing all the way
to the bank. Modern browsers and modern OSs render layer animation as smooth
(and sometimes smoother) than Flash. Of course, you can do many more wild
and crazy things in Flash... but it depends on how important wild and crazy
is to you.

Tables are like Jack Daniels. Used in moderation, they can be almost
medicinal. Tabular Data is a loose definition, at best.

When it comes down to it, it's the audience that counts.

I look at Scott's makeover and say, wow! Very good and very clean. But Scott
can get away with what his site looks like in Netscape 4 because Scott's
audience is comprised of the types of people who would tend to be on mailing
lists like this one.

I do not yet have that luxury.

On Dreamweaver...
I'm tired of suffering the fools on that one. If you know HTML, CSS, or
whatever the heck you know, then you can do whatever you want to do in
Dreamweaver. Carpenter... know thy tools. If you ever saw my copy of
Dreamweaver, you wouldn't recognize it as Dreamweaver. My oh my it even
inserts my preferred doctype... automatically.


Al Sparber- PVII
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