Hello again

Well, here it is: the third version of this blog. The first one was done with MovableType; then I moved it to WordPress; and now, I’m still using WordPress, but created a new template and moved it to a new location.

In fact, it’s not as if I changed the site, but rather it was engulfed by my new website – labs.zeh.com.br, the place where I’ll be putting all my non-commercial projects from now on (instead of scattering it around other websites).

One thing I should say is that, although I don’t work much with HTML nowadays – I do use it, but of course 90% of my work revolves around Flash – I decided I finally wanted to make a website that was pure CSS, using all that new, shiny tableless-jingaling-Web 2.0 stuff you can think of. Just to be cool, you know. So I’ve done a simple layout on Photoshop, and when I started cutting it and getting it to HTML, CSS simply couldn’t do it. I had a fixed width column (on the center) and some liquid columns (on the sides) that I needed to properly align the background the way I wanted, and all sorts of hacks and column layouts and holy grails in CSS couldn’t even begin to make it work the way I wanted (same height, the liquid columns to have a properly aligned background, etc). The only way to do it was with some huge CSS hacks, including a lot of scripting. A real mess.

Using tables, I could do that with no sweat at all. Just one single table row, no hacks, and it would be compatible with all browsers.

Don’t get me wrong, I totally dig using styles, I’ve been using it since day one, but is that the advantage of tableless, CSS layout? Having so much work for something that I could otherwise make in around 10 seconds?

Anyway, I ended up tired of that all and instead of giving up and using tables (like I did in the past) I gave up and built an extremely simple website instead — which is, well, this one. Featuring CSS styles and three image files only. It works and it’s efficient enough. Less is more.

  • Yeah, positioning elements with CSS is still a difficult (and often cumbersome) task; CSS3 is expected to provide better ways to position elements in pages.

    But the biggest advantage of the web-standards philosophy is accessibility. The idea is to benefit the end user, even though it may sometimes make the developer’s work harder. In the end, CSS is a very useful tool to developers, but using tables for positioning once in a while is unfortunately still necessary.