by Alexander H
A year ago, at Google’s I/O conference, Adobe made a bit of its own noise in the Web standards world by releasing CSS Regions. CSS Regions is an extension to the language used by Web developers to describe Web pages’ appearance. The technology was released as a prototype of the WebKit Web browser rendering engine, which powers Google Chrome and Apple Safari. “What Regions does is to make text on Web pages look more like it does on a well-presented publication – wrapping around images, for example, and filling from one text area to another…” (Muchmore 2011). The CSS Regions extension allows users to create a text flow between disparate regions, where they can see the technology in action. Text can also be formatted based on which region it enters. Adobe has submitted CSS Regions to the W3C hoping that once adopted by the Web standards body, the CSS extensions will be implemented in all browsers.
This article ties in well with this week’s discussion relating to Cascading Style Sheets and how they allow for appearance customization of Web sites. Referring back to this week’s slides, we need Cascading Style Sheets to “maintain a consistent style” across a Web site, while introducing differences between various areas in a controlled manner. The CSS Regions extension Adobe has released will allow users and Web developers to do so, in real time. As mentioned before, once it has been adopted as a standard by the W3C, the extension will become a universal staple in various browsers.
One important note that I gained from the article was the significance and correlation amongst CSS and Web sites. Cascading Style Sheets allow for the modification of a site’s layout, as well as giving Web developers a useful tool in creating something unique. With the CSS Region extension Adobe announced, Web development will become more versatile and user friendly.
Adobe Looks to Push the Web Forward with CSS Regions (2011). PC Magazine, Michael Muchmore. Retrieved April 22, 2012 from http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2385156,00.asp