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January 21, 2006
The Zen of CSS Design, cont'd

More on The Zen of CSS Design...

Again, the book is The Zen of CSS Design by Dave Shea and Molly Holzschlag.  And the companion web site is http://www.CSSZenGarden.com.  I'm really liking this book and I recommend it highly for anybody doing any web development.  For one thing, it's really well written.  The authors can go from the touchy feely aspects of light and shadow to the grubby details of getting around browser CSS incompatibilities without missing a beat.  I like how they use each example page as a springboard for discussion.  And the Zen Garden designs are inspirational and fun.

So inspirational, that I've decided to move my little corner of the interweb from "HTML 4.01 Transitional" to "XHTML 1.0 Strict" gradually as I update things.  (Although this blog is "XHTML 1.0 Transitional" and will remain so, because blogs are so much more practical that way.)


So a couple weeks ago I rewrote all 26 pages (!!!) of the BayProg site as XHTML 1.0 Strict.  Anything remotely presentation-like has been moved to Style Sheets.  The frames have been torn down and replaced with "Server Side Includes" material.  Lists of items are presented in a nicer and more consistant way.  The menubar implementation has moved from JavaScript to CSS, and it uses "Image Replacement" for the images.  I also did a nicer implementation of the album dropshadows.

Overall it went pretty smoothly, and now the BayProg is a bit cleaner, slicker, and should be compatible with mobile devices.

ARP Synthesizer Patents Article

Two additional ARP synthesizer patents have been discovered; the patent for the ARP Avatar Guitar Synthesizer (thanks MikeI!) and a patent for a low-tech polyphonic keyboard (thanks Armand Pascetta!).  So I wrote up reviews of those, converted the ARP Patents article to XHTML, and prettied it up a bit.

So there ya go.

Posted by DonTillman at January 21, 2006 08:53 AM

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