Stuff we've discussed on IRC.
Posted by ats at 2007-08-18 23:14
Right, so I like the idea -- a library of CSS fragments that you can use to put together a site...
(Rather than the wholesale copy-and-edit thing that most reusable CSS layouts provide.)
But these really are pretty nasty.
It's a bad sign when the front page of the site misrenders, for a start.
Fixed font sizes in pixels. Fixed column widths in pixels.
Woe betide the user with a browser window narrower than 960 pixels. Mine's only just wider than that, and I'm on a 1600x1200 display.
In general, this approach to layout will break if the user does anything that changes what size blocks of text come out at.
Zooming. Setting minimum font sizes. Not having the exact versions of the exact fonts that the designer had. Not using the same hinting settings that the designer had.
It's sad that more than ten years since CSS1 was released, it's still more primitive than HTML 3 was in terms of the layouts that most sites want to use...