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Beginning CSS Web Development: From Novice to Professional by Simon Collison

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CHAPTER 11Classic Layouts

CSS layout is easy—really easy. At least, it might be in ten years' time. Right now, and for the last few years, it's been an area of web design where cross-browser difficulties and other limitations have caused much disagreement and despair. Most importantly, it is an area where decisions are not to be made lightly.

A key factor in choosing a layout is audience. As you will be well aware by now, not every visitor to your web site will have the same browser, and many will not be regularly updating their browsers. They will not share an identical screen resolution, but will definitely have their browser windows at varying widths. Some will be using a PC, some a Mac, and some particularly clever ones might be using homemade ...

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