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Re: Re: My favorite HTML font style tag is...

by hardburn (Abbot)
on Aug 19, 2003 at 13:42 UTC ( #284893=note: print w/ replies, xml ) Need Help??

in reply to Re: My favorite HTML font style tag is...
in thread My favorite HTML font style tag is...

<div> is widely used for the CSS box layout. The alternative is to devolve into nested tables. Sure, for simple text markup, <div> isn't used much, but its becoming invaluable for designers (and will become more so when/if IE ever fixes its CSS support).

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Re: Re: Re: My favorite HTML font style tag is...
by Joost (Canon) on Aug 19, 2003 at 14:09 UTC
    But most of the time I see <div> tags used where a <p> or some other tag that actually has meaning would be better. The problem with (or the point of) <div> and <span>. tags is that they don't have any meaning. This means that you are putting information (content) in a 'block' that appears to have no meaning at all.

    Though I can see the use of the construct in some cases, just applying <div> and <span> anywhere you want a layout change is bad practice.

    For instance, this:

    <p> <span class="bold">Some header</span><br> Some paragraph. </p>

    Is much better written:

    <h3>Some header</h3> <p> Some paragraph. </p>

    - Don't laugh too hard at the above example, I've seen plenty of this in real sites made by supposedly professional companies.


    -- #!/usr/bin/perl -w use strict;$;= ";Jtunsitr pa;ngo;t1h\$e;r. )p.e(r;ls ;h;a;c.k^e;rs ";$_=$;;do{$..=chop}while(chop);$_=$;;eval$.;
      I suggest you go browse CSS Zen Garden.

      Then you will understand the power of one <div> clapping :)




      Ok, but what about:
      <h3><span>Some</span> header</h3> <p> Some paragraph. </p>
      with this CSS:
      h3 span { color: red; }
      Some designs need that.
      He who asks will be a fool for five minutes, but he who doesn't ask will remain a fool for life.

      Chady |
        You wouldn't write that. You would write:
        <h3><em>Some</em> Header</h3> <p> stuff </p>
        h3 em { color: red; }

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