HTML and CSS Reference
The templates are used by hundreds of thousands of users around the world, using many dif-
ferent browsers and operating systems, so browser compatibility was essential. The layout
Dan designed is fixed width, with pixel-precise widths for the columns (which are created
using Dan Cederholm's excellent “Faux Columns” method; you can read the original article at
www.alistapart.com/articles/fauxcolumns/ ; it's also covered in Chapter 7). The (X)HTML/
CSS was developed using the standards-first approach explained earlier, and the result
(Figure 6-4) looked great in Firefox, Safari, and pretty much any browser that wasn't IE (typi-
cally, layouts developed using this method won't require much bug fixing at all, even in IE).
Figure 6-4. Ooh, that design's so pretty I think I'll blog about my cats.
However, when viewed in IE/Win, there was a slight problem with the sidebar display
(Figure 6-5). When we say “slight” we mean “OMG, the layout's ruined!”