inessential by Brent Simmons


My boss posits a false opposition between CSS and Dogma 2000. “If you believe the Web is a come-as-you-are, we’re-all-just-folks writing and reading environment, why bother with CSS?”

My questions: why not bother with CSS? Or, why bother with a table-based layout?

In other words, Dogma 2000 suggests to me that I can work how I want to work. If I find CSS makes it easier to design and maintain my sites, then I’ll use it.

Yes, that means learning CSS in the first place. But, once learned, I’ve found it easier to deal with than table-based layouts.

It’s all about making my work easier. I like CSS for the same reasons I like Manila and Radio: separation of form and content.

But I’m not going to tell you what to do. You choose.