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CSS in Theory & Practise

Sent by ibn Ezra on 22 September 2005 16:04


Howdy!
It's obvious that CSS based design is the better choice for where I  
want to take my site & page designs, but there are some basic  
questions about CSS theory v. practise that I wish I understood more  
thoroughly. KISS Theory ('keep it simple...') is telling me that I  
should keep my rules to the bare minimum; both for lighter code and  
easier troubleshooting as the rules governing the presentation grow  
larger & more complex.

Yet there also are the practical issue of browser defaults which pull  
in the opposite direction. One might make assumptions about how the  
browser will handle the page background-color, font-size & line- 
height, or margin & padding but there is certainly no guarantee that  
all browsers have the same defaults. Sometimes that's a non-issue,  
but at other times it's certain result in a design breakdown that  
creates an unpleasant user experience.

So before I get all obsessive-compulsive and create CSS rules for  
every possible design attribute it seemed like a good idea to ask if  
there was any documentation covering the practical issues associated  
with browser defaults for the major browsers. There's plenty of  
coverage for which browsers support which CSS attributes, but I  
haven't had much success in getting a better handle on dealing with  
browser defaults.

Thanks in advance for your help!
-iE

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ibn Ezra
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