The use of cascading style sheets continues to change the way the Web looks and functions. To view the same page content in radically different ways, check out www.csszengarden.com (select versions in right menu). Each version is controlled by a style sheet file allowing different presentations but use the same text. The actual HTML code in each is identical and also very small. Another interesting function is the possibility to print clean pages from complex ones without a “Print Version”: www.iasummit.org/2005
Dan Cederholm’s Web Standards Solutions book has been well reviewed and in hot demand. I ordered it in September after the web Evolt Conference he presented at and just received it now. “Web Standards, created and enforced by the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C), make sure that web designers and browser manufacturers use the same technology syntax. Web Standards ensure the net stays neat, preventing the chaos that would emerge with inconsistent code. These standards also increase content compatibility among varying viewing devices, from screen readers for people with vision impairments, to cell phones, PDAs and more” (Amazon). Ryerson.ca’s current design is in HTML 4 with some embeded MS Explorer tags. Web standards save time and money in design development.
evolt.org is a worldwide community of web developers. This year’s event was held in Canada at UofT. At TOevolt web professionals came together from abroad and down the way to talk about pressing issues in web design, information architecture, accessibility, internationalization, and standards. Presentations and discussions were made by inspiring leaders such as Joe Clark, Dan Cederholm, Javier Velasco and Adrian Roselli.