Thoughts on Tables, part 1

It was 1999. I just installed Netscape Navigator on my Pentium II computer and I have just been bitten by the interent bug. I immersed myself on the web almost everyday and night and I dreamt of having a personal site where I could post my thoughts.

Then I discovered a nifty little app called Netscape Composer as part of my Netscape installation. WYSIWYG rocks! Playing with the Composer was a joy, especially when I learned my layouts could be done with tables! I fondly rememer an animated Itchy & Scratchy image that showed them bonking each other that was part of my home page. I also remember the TD’s and the TR’s peppered on my code, embedding table after table and borders to boot!

Tables definitely freed a lot of designers from most of HTML’s limitations and transformed graphic designers in to web designers, myself included.

(To be continued…)

Design with web standards is boring.

Design with web standards is boring.

If the point of comparison is the rich-media applications (aka Flash Sites), then that statement might be correct.

However, web standards weren’t created to compete with Flash. It’s like comparing print ads to TV spots– both have their distinct purposes and limitations. Web standards are promoted to put web authors “on the same page”, meaning it envisions web developers/designers to put accessibility & viability of web documents.

You also may hear that design with web standards is “one-dimensional” or “blocky” or even “limited to blogs.” Try looking at web standards compliant sites at CSS Beauty & CSS Vault, then you might think that design with web standards is not boring after all.