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Re: web page layout standrads

From: Clover Andrew <aclover@1VALUE.com>
Date: Thu, 14 Dec 2000 13:00:49 +0100
Message-ID: <5F78AA062F6AD311A59000508B4AAF6D092BFE@PCS02>
To: "'www-html@w3.org'" <www-html@w3.org>
phillip lyford [mailto:p_lyford@hotmail.com]

> Has there been a discussion about standards for web page 
> layout?.

Kind of. See Nielsen's infamous End of Web Design article at:


Many people wholly reject the idea of a standard design.
Personally I agree with a lot of what Jakob says, but he goes
too far here IMHO: web sites are not always just applications
as he sees them, and the level of shared expert features
between sites is low.

> Or will the top desingers dictate layout like the fashion 
> industry dictates what the current fad is.

More likely the most mediocre ones.

> (Is this the right list to ask this question?)

Well, it could be, if you want to suggest new elements like
<navigation>, <content>, <sitesearch> to mark-up high-level
blocks, and then allow users to make their own standard
layout with a user style sheet. :-) Problem is layout is
really an all-or-nothing game; the user and designer
can't easily make a 'compromise' layout like they can
with other CSS properties.

For general web design discussion you could try webdesign-l
(http://webdesign-l.com/), or newsgroups like

Andrew Clover
Technical Support
Received on Thursday, 14 December 2000 07:08:01 UTC

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