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Adapting to Web Standards. CSS and Ajax for Big Sites by Christopher Schmitt

By Christopher Schmitt

After studying the language of layout, how does one successfully use standards-based applied sciences to create visually robust websites? The full-color Adapting to internet criteria: CSS and Ajax for giant websites provides builders a peek into the method of the simplest designers on the planet in the course of the paintings of excessive profile, real-world websites that made them well-known. The ebook specializes in deconstructing those top-tier large-scale websites with specific consciousness given to deconstructing CSS.

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In fact, in larger organizations validation can be nearly impossible to achieve due to all of the external factors that may impact what is ultimately being served up: ❖ Advertising servers ❖ Embedded third-party software, such as Web statistic tracking tools ❖ Content management tools ❖ Content management tools’ WYSIWYG editors ❖ Application code from software frameworks or development tools ❖ Staff skill levels or lazy developers who may be difficult to rein in ❖ Application service provider (ASP) hosted software, which may accept an organization’s templates and styles but not generate validated code for their portion of the software In these cases, a Web team must determine what the appropriate tradeoff level of validation is—strict vs.

CSS File and Linking Strategies There are several different ways to construct a flexible and scalable CSS file structure. In all cases, there are tradeoffs between performance, modularity, and ease of maintenance. Linking a single CSS file will place all rules in a single location that is easy to manage, and you can use string searches to find appropriate rules and easily edit the files. At the same time, a single CSS file can be enormous and difficult to manage across an enterprise with a multitude of business channels, requirements of branding or functionality, or a growing team.

In this case, a different style sheet for a different set of typography-related style rules may be a good idea. However, it is important to note that even in this case a different approach could be taken, and the extra file may not be required. Instead of using a full alternative style sheet, consider applying a new class to a parent element such as the element or a content area. Resetting the base text size can be highly effective if designers are using relative font sizes and em- or percentage-based units.

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