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RE: Stylesheet columnisation

From: Neff, Robert <Robert.Neff@usmint.treas.gov>
Date: Mon, 1 Nov 1999 15:29:18 -0500
Message-ID: <B1E68D292F3CD111A57C0000F67CB3CA0104421A@WDCSRV03.usmint.treas.gov>
To: "'Kynn Bartlett'" <kynn-hwg@idyllmtn.com>, Paul Bohman <paulb@cpd2.usu.edu>
Cc: GARETH P PARKINSON <298gpp@tay.ac.uk>, W3c-wai-ig@w3.org
Absolute position is handled differently by both Internet Explorer 4 and 5.
That is it looks great on 4 but really bad on 5.

		-----Original Message-----
		From:	Kynn Bartlett [mailto:kynn-hwg@idyllmtn.com]
		Sent:	Monday, November 01, 1999 1:55 PM
		To:	Paul Bohman
		Cc:	GARETH P PARKINSON; W3c-wai-ig@w3.org
		Subject:	Re: Stylesheet columnisation

		At 10:57 AM 11/1/1999 , Paul Bohman wrote:
		>I noticed that, although you are proficient at CSS layout,
you are still
		>reluctant to use CSS for positioning. For example, the HTML
Writers Guild is
		>built on table layouts and the Aware page
(http://aware.hwg.org/) avoids
		>layouts that would require either tables or CSS
positioning.

		[...]

		>Even though I really like the concept of CSS, I have my
doubts about its
		>usefulness until browsers give it better support.

		This is the crux of the matter.  CSS is not widely supported
enough,
		nor reliably supported enough, to be able to use CSS
reliably for
		layout.  In the case of the HTML Writers Guild, there's an
extra
		design consideration involved in that while it's okay to
look "different"
		in various browsers, we can't look "bad" in any of them, and
if you
		use CSS for positioning you take a serious risk of looking
"broken"
		in some browsers.

		(Most users, when they encounter a page that doesn't look
right, will
		think the page is poorly designed, not that their browser is
deficient.
		So the HWG site has to be created in a way that it will look
"right"
		cross-browser.)

		-- 
		Kynn Bartlett
mailto:kynn@hwg.org
		President, HTML Writers Guild
http://www.hwg.org/
		AWARE Center Director
http://aware.hwg.org/
Received on Monday, 1 November 1999 15:29:30 GMT

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