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Building CSS Without Hacks

Nick Finck

February 5, 2004 at 1:41 PM

While we now know that the issue with the W3C's CSS validator is actually service related and should be fixed shortly, the whole thing brings up some interesting points. It seemed for a while that every time I would mention building CSS without hacks, I often get shunned upon. Most CSS hacks I know are based around glitches in the browsers, glitches that are then exploited based on what browers can read it and what can't (AKA, a sniffer created with CSS). Is this the right thing to do? Probably not. Can it be avoided? Sometimes. Choose your hacks wisely and know that the fortune 500 company's CSS template you are designing may not be touched for another five years, errors or not.

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