Robert Nyman declares his love to CSS …

Interview: timo / 17. Juni 2005 /

Robert NymanRobert Nyman has worked with developing web interfaces since 1999, where catering to web standards and accessibility is an important part of his job. HTML, CSS and JavaScript are techniques he mainly focuses on, but he has also got a strong interest in XML & XSLT. On his blog, Robert’s talk, he tries to make web developers and business managers more aware about these topics. He lives in Stockholm, which he believes is one of the most beautiful capitals in the world.

Why do you love CSS?
We have been flirting since ‘98, and CSS gives me the possibility to “write once, display anywhere” for presentational purposes.
What drives you crazy when using CSS?
Well, probably what makes everyone using it crazy: Internet Explorers sub-par rendering of it and lack of support for it. It has held us back for oh-so-long.
Why should people write well structured / semantic markup?
There are many good reasons for this. If you have well-structured and semantic markup, it allows you total control of the presentation through CSS. It also drastically increases the accessibility and graceful downgrading of the web pages. It also makes it easier to faster understand the content of the file and the purpose of each element for a web developer. Another factor is the business factor, where semantic markup helps when it comes to ranking in search engines, and to decrease internet traffic and target bandwidh issues in conjunction with a CSS-based design (since the CSS file/-s will be cached).

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