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Re: using absolute positioning

From: Charles McCathieNevile <charles@sidar.org>
Date: Tue, 13 Jan 2004 10:14:07 +0100
Cc: w3c-wai-ig@w3.org
To: "BAYLISS, Andrew" <andrew.bayliss@oup.com>
Message-Id: <D75C3DB1-45A8-11D8-A6BA-000A958826AA@sidar.org>

Tina mostly explained why to avoid absolute positioning - there are 
assumptions in it that don't always hold. (This can be reduced if you 
have sensible media-specific styles, including for small screens.)

The other reason is that implementation support isn't yet fantastic - 
you can do simple layout with  margins, float (for columns) much more 
reliably than you can do absolute positioning, at this stage.

Unlike in the late 1990s it seems that most tool developers are 
actually working on implementing standards correctly, so it might not 
take as long as it did for CSS1 to get reasonably widespread 
implementation - cause for hope.



On Monday, Jan 12, 2004, at 12:10 Europe/Rome, BAYLISS, Andrew wrote:

> Just read the article posted on the BBC web site concerning the 
> winners of
> the Visionary Design Award.  The National Library for the Blind has 
> posted
> 10 tips, one of which is the says you should avoid the use of absolute
> positioning when building a web page.  Surely if you are building a 
> web page
> using a tableless design, you end up having to use absolute 
> positioning to
> ensure that the elements are positioned correctly?
> Could somebody tell me why the use of absolute positioning should be
> avoided?
Charles McCathieNevile                          Fundación Sidar
charles@sidar.org                                http://www.sidar.org
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