Building Floating Page Layouts
IN THIS CHAPTER
Creating a classic two-column page
Creating a page-design diagram
Using temporary background colors
Creating fluid layouts and three-column layouts
Working with and centering fixed-width layouts
“Perfection of planned layout is achieved only by institutions on the point of collapse.”
— C. NORTHCOTE PARKINSON
The floating layout technique provides a good alternative to tables, frames, and other layout tricks formerly used. You can build many elegant multicolumn page layouts with ordinary HTML and CSS styles.
Creating a Basic Two-Column Design
Many pages today use a two-column design with a header and footer. Such a page is quite easy to build with the techniques you read about in this chapter.
Designing the page
It's best to do your basic design work on paper, not on the computer. Here's my original sketch in Figure 5-1.
Draw the sketch first so you have some idea ...