CSS Layouts on the Fly
Posted 27 September 2003 - 07:43 PM
If you have worked with CSS before, this is a good automated system for starting out on that new design.
If you haven't used CSS before, and you try one of these out, but have questions, please let us know, and we'll get you moving in the right direction.
Posted 28 September 2003 - 08:12 AM
Between the two, they've made it easier for people to try out CSS.
And the layoutomatic design has been tested for cross browser support, which is great, too.
Posted 28 September 2003 - 09:08 AM
Posted 29 September 2003 - 02:18 AM
Unfortunately, these examples are not very suitable for practical use, as the most widely used browser (IE6/win) is not supported (try!).
Posted 29 September 2003 - 07:54 AM
Posted 29 September 2003 - 08:30 AM
But, heh heh, the thread reads like you're two news anchors. I don't know why, there's just something about it, but it's pretty funny. Just read it aloud in your best Dan Rather voice. "Back to you, Bill!"
Posted 29 September 2003 - 07:38 PM
As James says:
However, they aren't overly exciting.
And he's right, but if you can bring a lot of simple parts together, you may end up with something pretty nice. Use a three column layout, and incorporate the css lists, build in an "@media print" printable style, a handheld style, a couple of alternative style sheets selectible on the front page, throw in a skip navigation link, and you're moving in the right direction. At least for a template for that blog that I hear is coming.
Posted 30 September 2003 - 07:19 AM
Is it a screen reader thing, so that the user doesn't have to listen to my navigation read out every time he opens a page? How does that work? I haven't ever used a screen reader so this is hard for me to anticipate.
I've never even seen anyone using a screen reader. My programmer has, and said it was one of the weirdest things to listen to-- the kid had the speed cranked up all the way on the reader so it sounded like high-speed gibberish.
Anyhow, is that what a skip navigation link is?
Posted 30 September 2003 - 09:09 AM
OK, so I was right, it was for screen readers to skip the navigation and go straight to the content. Hmm... That is a challenge, to design a good-looking one that works and doesn't confuse visitors using a regular web browser...
Posted 30 September 2003 - 01:58 PM
Posted 05 October 2003 - 11:11 PM
Welcome to the forums. Have you ever tried Cascading Style Sheets?
The official standards for CSS are on the W3C website:
There are a lot of tutorials on Style sheets on the web. Here's a link to one:
There are a lot of benefits to using Style sheets. One of the biggest sites using style sheets these days is the ESPN web site.
Posted 30 December 2003 - 06:37 AM
using CSS means must plan your site first before comitting to designing. haven't really learn CSS yet. but will try..
Posted 30 December 2003 - 07:29 AM
I do think that you can start learning some CSS without going having to learn it all in one lump.
For instance, try taking a page that you already have, and use a little CSS on it. Format some of the font colors, or redo a navigation menu. It is possible to learn some of it in increments.
But do try out some tutorials, and maybe make a test "hobby" site or two before you rely upon your CSS skills. It can increase your comfort a lot by having some success with it.
Posted 30 December 2003 - 08:19 AM
I have to agree with you there. Do not jump in with both feet, otherwise you may find yourself up to your neck in something that you'd rather not land in. Take it slowly, understand how each bit of CSS affects another. I can recommend neck deep in Eric Meyer's book, Eric Meyer on CSS: Mastering the Language of Web Design.
Posted 30 December 2003 - 08:41 AM
...otherwise you may find yourself up to your neck in something that you'd rather not land in.
I always hate when that happens.
Sometimes you have no choice, and no control, but in this, it is there.
Here's a link to the companion web site for the Eric Meyer Book:
It describes the different projects that the book takes on in much more detail. The project approach really works well, and is fun, too.
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