CSS — To Hack or Not To Hack
Most amusing discussion at cre8asiteforums regarding the CSS two-column layout problem where the colored menu column doesn't extend to the bottom of the page.
The "solutions" to this issue include using a background graphic containing the colored column (over which you overlay your text), that in itself seems a worse hack than anything the dreaded tables could ever be.Â And yet, "tables" seems somehow to have become a word unfit for polite company, and a fit topic forÂ fervent, near-religious debates. How that came to be, I'm not sure.
How the W3C came away without addressing this is also not clear. Theory is a beautiful thing, but usefulness in the real world is a Good Thing.Â One wonders if it's a matter of: "Table-less CSS design will make you free." (Yes it will.)Â "But you have to suffer, too."Â Oy.
Loved Ron Carnell's answer to the problem.Â <grin>
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