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Re: Using tables for layout


From: Tim Beadle
Date: Feb 24, 2004 9:03AM

On Mon, Feb 23, 2004 at 01:09:55PM -0600, Cheryl D. Wise wrote:
> If you use a list in a column for navigation and style it with CSS it is
> still perfectly useable without css. The formatting will change and it will
> look like a bulleted list but it is still functional.
> Assuming you use structured mark-up in your code all the content will be
> readable and usable just plain and displayed in the order it is written in
> the code. Great example is to look at CSS Zen Garden http://zengarden.com
> with CSS and without. Without it is a very, very plain XHTML page but
> perfectly functional. With CSS it is a graphically rich and usually very
> attractive page. (I say usually only because I personally don't like all the
> designs.)

Just don't expect to be able to support Netscape 4 with the visual
It's better to give NN4 little or no CSS than to try to make it understand,
because its CSS support is horribly broken:

Many of these new, accessible-yet-visually-rich methods demand that you
don't try to make them display exactly the same in older browsers. Because
it's just HTML underneath, however, the structure is still evident and the
site still works.

"DOS Computers manufactured by companies such as IBM, Compaq, Tandy, and
millions of others are by far the most popular, with about 70 million
machines in use worldwide. Macintosh fans, on the other hand, may note that
cockroaches are far more numerous than humans, and that numbers alone do not
denote a higher life form." -- New York Times, November 26, 1991

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