If one of the big tech companies says you're wrong, you might shrug it off. But when four of them — Apple, Google, Microsoft and Mozilla — call you out, that's when you're in real trouble. This is the situation the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) found itself in after pulling some shenanigans with the next version of the Document Object Model (DOM).
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Let's say you're new to web design, but you're intent on learning how to build a site from start to finish. It can be a lot of info to take in, but this interactive tool can at least help get you started with the design.
The web becomes more and more capable each day, finding ways to replace what you do on your desktop. In the very near future you'll talk to your web apps, enjoy complex animation without the drain of Flash, and maybe even plug in your guitar. These features and more already exist, and they're coming to the broad internet this year.
Building an impressive web site takes work, whether you love to code or don't know the first thing about it. There are lots of tools which aim to make creating a site easier, but no single option fits everyone's needs. In this post, we'll take a look at a handful of popular options, their pros and cons, and why you might pick them to build your web site.
Need to maintain CSS from anywhere? Signup for a (currently) free WebPutty beta account to host and serve your site's Cascading Style Sheets (CSS). The in-browser CSS editor offers a side-by-side preview pane with instant updating and is compatible with CSS extension Sass (SCSS) and Compass, an open-source CSS authoring framework.
Chrome: Stylebot lets you easily adjust the style sheets of nearly any page using a button-based control panel or editing the raw text of the style sheet. Most people will use this for mundane applications such as font changes and hiding ads, but using this powerful extension you can completely reskin sites and share your custom CSS with others using the developer's forum.
If you learnt to make a website with us, or if you're just picking up HTML and CSS, you may have wanted to learn a few more complex styles. One of the best ways to learn is by looking at other code, and CSS3 Generator can write custom CSS code for you so you can learn how it works (or just use it).
We're big fans of keyboard shortcuts 'round these parts, but while lots of web pages advertise their shortcuts well, many go unnoticed. Here's a CSS tweak for Firefox from a reader that will show you which links on a page have keyboard shortcuts.
Microsoft's official IEBlog points out one of the less obvious features of Internet Explorer 8's most recent beta: the ability to use alternate style sheets, effectively enabling people to define their own approach to site layout. While it's likely to be some time before this feature is widely supported, it's worth remembering when you're laying out your pixel-precise site design that user interference is likely to be more common in the future. The CSS Corner: Alternate Style Sheets