John Oxton declares his love to CSS …

Interview: timo / 20. Juni 2005 /

John OxtonJohn Oxton is a 32 year old web developer based in the Cotswolds, UK. He has been designing and developing websites since 1999. His blog JoshuaInk is decorated with beautiful flowers and much treasured web standards awards. His heroes are Homer J. Simpson and Philip J. Fry and not, as many would like to believe, Jeffrey Zeldman and Jon Hicks.

Why do you love CSS?
The freedom; it is just so much easier to get a layout how you want it, without the struggle of nudging tables cells this way and spacer gifs that.
Actually, that’s a lie, what I really love is visiting otherwise superbly designed sites and dismissing them as worthless because they are done in Flash or with tables. Feels good to be
superior… ahem!
What drives you crazy when using CSS?
Browser inconsistencies. I guess I shouldn’t pick on any single browser, none of them are perfect, but I dream of the day when checked on one browser means checked on all. It’s not going to happen though is it.
Why should people write well structured / semantic markup?
There are many good and noble reasons to write well structured markup but from a purely business point of view it just makes sense. With a little planning and a bit of practice you can start to recycle a lot of your code, which is time saved, which equals more profit and less stress.

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