By Christopher Schmitt

After studying the language of layout, how does one successfully use standards-based applied sciences to create visually powerful sites? The full-color Adapting to internet criteria: CSS and Ajax for large websites offers builders a peek into the method of the easiest designers on the earth throughout the paintings of excessive profile, real-world websites that made them recognized. The booklet specializes in deconstructing those top-tier large-scale websites with specific realization given to deconstructing CSS.

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Merging Multiple CSS fi les Another technique worth consideration is merging multiple CSS files. This can be done during a build, deployment, or publishing process, or even in real time as the files are served to the browser. Merging has the added benefit of allowing multiple files to be managed by different teams, yet reducing the performance drag when a single request is used. This technique has to be carefully planned and executed, keeping all sites that might reference the CSS files in mind.

A group of Web technologists have begun to collaborate and define best practices for defining, in a consistent way, certain types of information that might be classified in CSS. These nascent protocols for classifying objects and collections of information support application programming interfaces (APIs) and data-mining activities, but also establish simple models for those looking for naming conventions. Some of these protocols have been called microformats. org/wiki/what-are-microformats Most expert Web standards-aware designers and developers today consider microformats to be an excellent protocol to use for coming up with meaningful naming conventions for some types of information on a Web site.

This can wreak serious havoc on layouts, since the measurements for the dimensions of objects on pages are all wrong. 0 in “standards” mode fixed this. ). 5, and version 6 in “quirks” mode, the width of a box is calculated to include the size of its content plus its border and padding. The CSS layout box model, on the other hand, measures the box and padding separately from the content. BOTTOM What Microsoft did was define the width as including the content, padding, and borders. To help correct this problem, Microsoft introduced the DOCTYPE switch and “standards” and “quirks” modes that measure differently.

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