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Re: [css-d] Suggestions sought...

Sent by Eric A. Meyer on 26 January 2002 10:10

At 2:00 +1100 1/27/02, Bruce Nordstrand wrote:

>The question is: Should I go for a full CSS layout or a combined table/CSS
>layout? Which would give me the most freedom to explore something different
>other than the layout I currently have.

    My suggestion is this: look at your server's access logs over the 
last six to twelve months.  Do you have a lot of visitors with older 
browsers?  Then tables are still the best layout option you have. 
If, on the other hand, you have few enough old-browser visitors that 
you feel you can serve them content without all the design effects, 
then you could give serious thought to going "full CSS," which 
generally means positioning.  Although you may want to stick with 
simple tables heavily styled, as many sites do quite successfully.
    I feel that full CSS designs give authors a great deal more 
freedom in terms of design possibilities, but they do come with a 
price in terms of browser support.  For one example, visit with a recent browser (IE5+, NS6.x, etc.).  Take a look 
at the layout and how it looks.  Then visit with NN4.x.  The only 
real difference between the two is that I'm using '@import' to hide 
most of the styles from NN4.x, because I wanted NN4.x users to still 
be able to get to the content.  It might not be as styled, but it's 
still there and usable.

Eric A. Meyer (, List Somethingorother
"CSS is much too interesting and elegant to be not taken seriously."
   -- Martina Kosloff
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