So I setup my second XHTML + CSS website yesterday (the first one is this weblog). I had a simple set of pages that had been laid out in PowerPoint. When you say “Save as HTML…” from PowerPoint, it produces *something* that only incidentally resembles HTML, and only works properly in IE 5/6. What a mess!

So I mocked up an equivalent of the PowerPoint master slide using XHTML and CSS instead, and then used server-side includes to paste the slide content into the template. And it works.

It probably only displays properly in IE 5 or Netscape 6 and up, and I still have to add some accessibility features. Also, I had to use some ugly hacks; things like <div style=”height=48px”> to force two separate blocks to *actually* run together, instead of leaving a gap of background showing through.

Still, it’s a start, and I learned a little bit more about style sheets, the new box model, and browser bugs…

Has anyone written a good XHTML + CSS authoring tool yet?

posted at 10:45 am on Sunday, October 20, 2002 in General | Comments Off on XHTML and CSS

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