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

Sent by Ben Henick on 25 January 2002 18:06

On Fri, 25 Jan 2002, Gene LeFave wrote:

> I'd love to be able to offer different styles to my clients.
> But right now I can't risk the problems with CSS.  I think that I'd
> literally have to detect the browser OS combination and use a
> different page/css for each.  Which is the exact scenario CSS was
> supposed to eliminate.

Erm, I don't see it that way at all.

If you're implementing DHTML, you have to design for three DOM's, two of
which evince subtle differences on a cross-browser basis.

Even if you serve different stylesheets, none of that changes the fact
that you've separated presentation and structure (right?) and thus created
a baseline document that won't need to be redesigned every time a new
browser is released.

For now the need to constantly tweak has changed its focus from HTML to
CSS - but there has been a lot of improvement over the past few years.

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