Controlling the site{Comments Off on Controlling the site}


by Joeydes M
Summary:

This article is about controling a web site with CSS. It talks about the old times when HTML was plain and boring content that, in the event it was altered or enhanced, had to be done on the fly and “inline”. As many of us already know this is very time comsuming and tedious. The article goes on to talk about these annoyances and how if a change is made to a particular paragraph lets say then that paragraph and that paragraph only will recieve the formating. You would have to pay attention to detail and ensure that all the paragraphs were formated the same and that they included all the say tags and formats in order for your site to be consistant and look professional. The article stresses the ease of using CSS and how if you set a specific tag to have a unique formatting, then everywhere in on the page that you used that tag that formatting will be applied. The author also makes a note of giving the reader a brief and simplistic tutorial to better drive home the point of the easiness of CSS and the effectiveness. Lastly the author addresses the down side to using CSS and that is the compatability with multiple browsers not all browsers see the CSS and interpret it the same. This is obviously problematic for a developer.

Opinion:

I enjoyed the article and having worked with CSS myself I can vouched for its easy to use style and stunning mark up capabilities. CSS has helped me, and I am sure millions of developers, enhance a websites user experience. CSS mixed with Javascript and few other tools allows developers to create remarkable pages. However, by far the best feature of CSS is the fact that you can define a style from an external page and refernce that page in your site, and never have to worry about the formatting again while you code. This saves a lot of time and typing for a developer, not to mention you dont have to back track through all of your work and make sure that tags match and the formats are correct and consistant.

The down side is browser compatability this forces people to widen their test enviornment and where you save is checking the code you gain in testing time and something that you want to implement into your site may not work on all browser platforms whcih leads to re-work and possibly not having the effect you are looking for or a client is looking for, that could ultimately cause a loss in money if you do this for a living. Nothing is perfect everything has flaws this is CSS’s flaw.

Cite:

WEB DESIGN when developers started clamouring for greater control over pagedesign, cascading style sheets were introduced to fill the void left unfilled by straight HTML. (1998, Apr 07). The Independent, pp. N.10-N10. Retrieved from http://search.proquest.com/docview/312721226?accountid=10357