One of the reasons why I always cringed from web front end in the past is that presentation is so “dirty.” We have all felt the flames.
- HTML was never really designed as a presentation language
- confusion of XHTML validations and the different DOCTYPES
- CSS is supposed to be for design
- browser wars and their slight but MADDENING incompatibilities
- people who think CSS is for fonts and colors and still use tables
Here is a link to the head of the series. They are up to about 14 lessons at this writing, and I have no idea how many more they are going to do. I totally recommend it! After doing lesson 12, I was ready to try an original project. I took a low-res version of a popular culinary reference poster on dried chiles and made it into a Web 2.0 style image map. If you hover over the hot spots it pops up an enlarged image of that particular chile and a little blurb of info about it. Then I incorporated it into a blog post on my food blog. It took just a little additional tweaking to make it play nice with Word Press. Check out my interactive JQuery chile map, and if anyone knows why it fails to work inside frames, I’d love to know!