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

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Org/QA/Tips/goodclassnames). This discussion also introduces the concept of semantics or meaning in markup.

There are two things wrong with this from a best practices standpoint. Both have to do with the naming of the classes on the

elements: rederror and bolduser both convey presentation information that implies what those elements look like. The standard practice is to avoid basing a name on a description of a “physical” or visual characteristic.

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Note that nav-main is inside nav and content-section is inside content. The naming convention strongly conveys this information. In larger teams, it may be a good idea to document the outline hierarchy of the each template’s structure as part of the template inventory: body div#nav div#nav-main ul#nav-sub div#content div#content-section div#content-main div#content-related Chapter  Coding the Front End NOTE Where it can be done, the usage of meaningful elements is preferable such as with the usage of the

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    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. 49 50 ADAPTING TO WEB STANDARDS An exceptionally flexible approach is using modular sets of CSS files that serve different purposes.

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