Random CSS Roundup July 4 2010

A couple of years ago, we had a helpful links list on this site. It became hard to manage and I dropped the section in the last major upgrade. Since then I have had it in mind to re-implement some form of useful links. It seems like each day there are more great articles or blog posts about CSS techniques. So I have decided to write short blog posts with links to CSS and related topics found around the web. I am still trying to find a time frame that fits well with my work schedule. lifestyle and the amount of great articles getting published, so for now I am calling it Random CSS Roundups.

The focus will be mainly CSS with some HTML5, Browser and JavaScript news. There will also be news about this site such as a roundup of new, popular topics, stats and user info. You can catch the posts in your RSS reader, follow on Twitter or visit the blog page at CSS Creator to keep up to date. Send me feedback via comments if you see a great CSS article that I miss or any other suggestions.

Validation

Validation is the process of comparing your code against known standards. Helping you to find and fix errors that may make your site display in unexpected ways in different browsers.

Every day we come across questions on the CSS Forum that are fixed thanks to the magic of validation. An error in your stylesheet may cause the rules after to be avoided. An unclosed tag in your markup can put the page structure out of wack. A simple typo is all it takes.

The best advice that can be given to someone starting out in web development is to validate your site.

Getting Started with CSS

At the beginning of the year Friends of Ed sent me a book to review. I'm pretty sure the publishers have forgotten or given up hope of ever getting a review out of me, so it must be time I wiped this off my to do list.

The book is: Getting Started with CSS by David Powers. As the name suggests it is aimed at people getting started with CSS and with only basic HTML knowledge. It's hard to imagine having any knowledge in HTML without at least some CSS knowledge as they go hand in hand these days.

Browser support list

After what seems like many years absence the Browser Support of CSS Properties & Selectors list is back better then ever. Firstly thanks to those members who helped provide the content for the original list. Sorry it took so long to get it back online.
The list now contains the most popular modern browsers and the earliest version of those that support each CSS property or selector. This new format should prove to be more useful and easier to maintain. Usually once a browser supports a property it will continue to do so.

Third party scripts/content

With the ever increasing use of third party calls off site one runs across days when site struggles to finish loading - something I hate.

Case in point today gravatar.com is acting up and two sites I'm currently jumping back and fourth between are failing to finish loading one on a couple of script/content calls. Ok it's not a huge issue as largely the sites do function despite this but at times these unresolving calls can cause dynamic content to fail to load, depending I guess at which stage things start to struggle.

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