Stupid Style Tricks

November 11th, 2005

Something that has been for months on my list of things to “check out” are Cascading Style Sheets. Ever since I woke up one day and noticed that they were no longer that funky innovative technology that no browsers supported, I realized maybe I better get a better grasp of what-all they entailed.

When one of the definitive books on the subject, “Cascading Style Sheets” by H֯åkon Wium Lie & Bert Boson, appeared on my library request available list, I rushed over to check it out. I’ve read it bit my bit over the past couple weeks, and occasionally I learn something about CSS that really surprises me. The dang thing’s got wheels!

SomewhereOvertheCSS rainbow!
Welcome to my Disgusting Page!

I know, I know, that was particularly cruel of me. But the point is, all that disgusting crap you see above was done with inline styles. This means you can select it with your mouse, copy and paste it. You can search on “rainbow” in this post and find the rainbow. In the old days, this kind of junk would have always been done with a custom graphic, meaning no searchability, no selectability, and no readability (without an alt tag) for the blind folks.

Yes indeed, CSS is bringing a bright, colorful, perhaps tasteless future our way.

2 Responses to “Stupid Style Tricks”

  1. Alex Dunn Says:

    But of you know what you’re doing, CSS is very very useful. And if you know CSS, there’s an OK chance you know what you’re doing.

  2. Daniel Jalkut Says:

    Yes, indeed. I absolutely agree. My point is that even though CSS does nothing to prevent people from making the same old ugly pages they’ve always made, the improved features make it a million times better than “the old way.”

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