I haven’t said a whole lot lately, because honestly, I’ve been sucked into a really amazing book. As mentioned previously, I ordered Jeffrey Zeldman’s book Designing with Web Standards, and have not been able to put it down. To give me credit, at the same time I have been completely altering this site from the ground up.
I had decided from the get go that I would switch completely to a strict XHTML design, meaning XHTML for structure and CSS for layout and style. Sticking with that I have made some layout changes, though what you will see in the final product is barely different. I have chosen to stick with the “branding” used on this site now, so the color schemes and fonts, etc, will all be basically the same.
From a technical perspective, the layout is done using CSS floats down to the pixel level. I have opted for Zeldman’s advice and decided against em usage for fonts. I am convinced that this will work out beautifully, and as far as my readers are concerned, it will force me to provide multiple styles. I have’t quite decided what those will be yet, and I’m not nearly ready for that part of the design. At this time, it has been about 4 days, I have just put the layouts in place on the index page. I am now making the finishing touches to the template, and will begin working on new graphics this week.
I’m hoping to obtain a second 17” monitor in the next couple of weeks, and I will try to stay away from making the alternative styles until that is in place. It will be a lot easier to make style sheets for resolutions greater than 1024x768 if I have a monitor capable of supporting resolutions greater than 1024x768.
As you can tell from this short article, this redesign has become quite the endeavor. It has become much more than I had originally anticipated, and I am really excited about it. From where I stand this new design, so far and hopefully moreso as it goes along, is far superior to anything I have done so far.
I do want feedback! And I do intend to upload what I get into the /beta/ directory of this site. At this point there is nothing there, and I will leave a little note here letting you know when something has been uploaded. I’m not quite done sanding things down and am a little embarassed to proclaim to the world that I have something cool, that really isn’t even close yet. So bear with me.
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