Things to read
I’ve come across some recent articles that are worth reading.
A List Apart 162 contains three articles. In A Fairy, a Low-Fat Bagel, and a Sack of Hammers Nick Usborne writes about the importance of words on the web. Keeping Navigation Current With PHP by Jason Pearce explains how to use php to make your navigational menu indicate the current page. Patrick Griffiths’ article Suckerfish Dropdowns teaches us how to make a dropdown menu that is smarter and lighter than the normal DHTML monster menus.
At Digital Web Magazine, Peter-Paul Koch writes about reasons to avoid using CSS hacks in Keep CSS Simple. I agree that hacks should be avoided if possible. However, in some situations hacks are needed to make a design work in lesser browsers, and I think it’s much better to put the hacks in an external CSS file than in the (X)HTML. Anyway, I will try a bit harder to avoid CSS hacks in the future.
In Flowing and Positioning: Two Page Models Holly Bergevin and Big John first explain the differences between block elements and inline elements and then go into the details of how positioning works. Read this, even if you think you already know everything. Holly and John have also written Float: The Theory, in which they explain the ins and outs of floats.