Lucian Slatineanu declares his love to CSS …

Interview: timo / 24. Juli 2005 /

Lucian SlatineanuLucian Slatineanu is a designer from Romania with over 6 years
experience. Most of these last years were spent working as a Senior Designer at Grapefruit on web and branding
projects and lecturing on design subjects at various events in Eastern
Europe. He recently started pursuing an individual career. This will hopefully mean that he’ll find the time to update his personal site badboy.media.design – more often.

Why do you love CSS?
I can’t really say that I have a ‘madly in love’ relationship with CSS. It feels more like a marriage :)
I find it to be the best tool available right now for its purpose and I’m glad that I’m not the only one to feel this way. It has a couple of strong points that might make someone fall in love with it and I’d underline its simplicity and the endless possibilities it provides.
Designing websites for almost six years now and coming from a table-based layout background, like many, many others, I can truly appreciate CSS’s advantages. I especially like how it makes me look like a wizard when I demonstrate to my younger colleagues how I can modify a page layout or a whole website just by editing a couple of lines.
What drives you crazy when using CSS?
Just like everyone else, I hate the inconsistencies of css implementation across browsers and the bugs that pop their ugly head every once in a while. I hate them mainly because they come against css’s main goal – simplicity – usually forcing ugly hacks or extra markup.
Why should people write well structured / semantic markup?
As I see this, there are two main reasons: one with a long term impact and another one with immediate effects.
On the long run, it should allow for greater levels of interactivity and developing new tools and machines that might help users in many ways, one of the most important and quickest to come to mind being searching and rendering information.
One of its immediate benefits is the ability to debug and modify your code (as well as the code written by others) much quicker. It sets a common framework that everyone can understand and modify if needed to suit new needs.

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