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Re: Stylesheet columnisation

From: Kynn Bartlett <kynn-hwg@idyllmtn.com>
Date: Mon, 01 Nov 1999 10:55:15 -0800
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To: "Paul Bohman" <paulb@cpd2.usu.edu>
Cc: "GARETH P PARKINSON" <298gpp@tay.ac.uk>, <W3c-wai-ig@w3.org>
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"

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 14:02:16 UTC

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