Posts from July 2004

On dissidence

By now, many of you may have seen François Briatte’s recent survey of 10 web sites he reads on a regular basis. My props to François for assembling an insanely detailed, and very well documented and explained study.

Perhaps you’ve also already seen responses by Jon, Dave, and Eric. There’s no need for me to rehash anything they’ve already stated. I’ll just add a few notes relative to Stopdesign’s position within the survey, as well as my overall perspective of the results. continued

Throwing tables out the window

Those who were at Digital Design World in Seattle this year saw me present a session titled, “No More Tables, CSS Layout Techniques“. In that session, we reviewed proper use of tables, and a few pointers for styling them with CSS. Then we turned to tableless layout, reviewing examples and an overview of the two basic approaches (positioning and floats). continued

Get well, from WV/04

Q: What happens when you’re scheduled to appear at two conferences back to back to give a total of four presentations within six days, and you end up cancelling your appearance at one of the conferences because you’re unsure if your lower back, with a disc that herniated a month prior, might not do so well with the combined stress of preparing for and travelling to both events? continued

A CSS mosaic

Seattle was great. Period. I wish I could have stayed longer. The weather was incredible while I was there. Not a sign of rain or an overcast sky in sight. Throughout summer months in San Francisco, fog blows in late in the afternoon, often cooling down the temperatures into the 50-60 degree range by dusk. There’s nothing like being out and about on a warm summer night like those I experienced while in Seattle this week. I wish we had more of those in San Francisco. continued


Feels like I’ve been running non-stop for the past week. I’ve been careful not to overdo it recently, as I injured my back about a month ago, and I’ve only gotten back into the groove in the past week or so. Regretfully, because of my back, I had to cancel my appearance in Portland at Web Visions. continued

Filtering CSS

To the point: This entry introduces a new CSS filter that can be used to import a separate style sheet for IE5/Mac, named the IE5/Mac Band Pass Filter.

Back Story

Ideally, I try to avoid the use of hacks in CSS files, if at all possible. Sadly, the continued discrepancies in the way browsers interpret CSS specifications (and then implement them) still require the use of more hacks than I’d like to see in my style sheets. I would prefer not to use any hacks or filters, but sometimes, they’re a necessary evil. Fortunately, hacks, workarounds, and filters can be used with discretion to ensure as much cross-browser design consistency as possible. continued