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After studying the language of layout, how does one successfully use standards-based applied sciences to create visually robust sites? The full-color Adapting to internet criteria: CSS and Ajax for large websites supplies builders a peek into the method of the easiest designers on this planet in the course of the paintings of excessive profile, real-world websites that made them well-known. The booklet makes a speciality of deconstructing those top-tier large-scale websites with specific awareness given to deconstructing CSS.


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To help correct this problem, Microsoft introduced the DOCTYPE switch and “standards” and “quirks” modes that measure differently. However, their box model was different previously, so the “standards” and “quirks” differences are greater than many other Web browsers’ differences in these two modes. Other browsers have smaller nuances that happen in “quirks” mode, but they need to be watched for as well. x’s CSS box model, are in for a surprise when other browsers render the pages differently. 0.

This is one demonstration of how the CSS setup alone can impact page load times and site performance. The pros and cons of this type of approach should be carefully considered before being implemented. NOTE Performance and load-time considerations will be examined more thoroughly in Appendix C. 51 52 ADAPTING TO WEB STANDARDS Site Section and Directory-Based CSS Files A more conservative approach that scales well over a large Web presence is a wellthought-out, directory-based setup for linking style sheets.

A layout on a Web page is described with elements and tags representing a series of boxes and objects on a canvas—the document body. A CSS layout is defined by a box composed of an element that has a content area; 27 28 ADAPTING TO WEB STANDARDS padding around the top, right, bottom, and left; borders around the same areas; followed by margins around the object as well. The width of an object is technically defined by the content area alone; however, these older versions of IE defined the width incorrectly, so any CSS object set with a width is actually measured incorrectly.

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