Chapter 1. Where We Came From

Sometimes, in front of rooms filled with developers who have never had to turn their hand to a font tag or a nested style sheet, I remark that my career on the web predates Cascading Style Sheets (CSS). As CSS celebrates its twentieth birthday, when I look back over my own history of learning and teaching CSS, I marvel at the fact that it has taken until 2017 to come close to cracking how to do layout on the web.

Before we start looking at the methods for creating layout on the web that have landed in the past few years, I want to revisit where we came from. Doing this historical groundwork is important, because many of today’s assumptions ...

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