Archive for September, 2005

Continuing Journey (Practice Makes Perfect)

Posted in Accessibility, Web Standards

Well, I’ve gotta say that creating sites with purely CSS-based layouts (table-less) is… well… really hard! It’s not so much a problem marking up the content with valid, semantic XHTML code and styling that page with CSS. It’s just that things start to go haywire when I start to add the structure of the page with floats, clears, and other layout elements. I end up spending huge amounts of time trying to figure out why a small section of the site looks vastly different from one browser and/or platform to the next. And sometimes really mysterious things happen… like an entire section of the page will randomly disappear until I roll the cursor over it. Ugh! Continue Reading →

From Dallas to Oz and Back

Posted in General

Red Gala Apple on a Wooden Table

I had an interesting experience this afternoon. While I was shopping for produce at my local Whole Foods (health food store), my brother, who lives in Australia, called my mobile phone. He had some CSS coding questions. Over the next 15 minutes or so, as I’m adding apples, oranges, lettuce, mushrooms, and other tasty stuff to my cart, we were chatting about CSS inheritance, descendant selectors, and parent/child/sibling relationships. I can’t imagine what the other shoppers must have been thinking! No, wait. I’m sure I can… moving on quickly…To review: My brother’s in Australia sitting in front of his computer. I’m in Dallas trying to decide between apples from Australia or New Zealand. And I was referring him to CSS resources from companies based in Australia (Westciv’s Style Master CSS Editor and MaxDesign’s CSS Resources and Tutorials). What a small world.By the way, I finally opted for the “new crop” organic Gala apples from Washington state. I’m hoping they’re as good as the Fuji, Jazz, and Pink Lady apples I’ve been eating all summer from down under. Love the apple.