27 May 08 8:43 pm
Using CSS in Dreamweaver
How's it going?
I have been a member for about a year now and have been doing alot of 'learning' lately and finally have come to a place where I feel prepared to move forward with my site..
I've submitted to designing with CSS layouts as this seems to be the wave of the future and more efficient in the long run.
Does anyone have some insight on which CSS layout is most 'user friendly' in DW Cs3 packaged layouts.
* Elastic layout – The values for the overall width, as well as any columns within, are written in em units. This allows the layout to scale with the browser’s designated base font size. This can be more attractive and accessible for low vision users since the column’s widths will get wider allowing a comfortable, readable line length at any size. Since the overall width will scale, your design must allow for a variable width.
* Fixed layout – The values for the overall width, as well as any columns within, are written using pixel units. The layout is centered in the user’s browser window.
* Liquid layout – The values for the overall width, as well as any columns within, are written using percentages. The percentage is calculated from the size of the user’s browser window.
* Hybrid layout – Hybrid layouts combine two of the other types of layouts – elastic and liquid. The overall width of the page is 100% but the side columns values are set to em units.
* Absolutely Positioned layouts – all the previous layouts use floats for the outer columns. The absolutely positioned layouts do exactly what their name implies – they have absolutely positioned outer columns. You must remember, when using these layouts that the side columns are taken “out of the flow” of the document and thus, may have some undesirable results (for instance, your footer won’t “see” where the side column ends and may overlap them on pages where the main content area contains less content than the side columns).
I've used the elastic layout to practice and learn how to manipulate tools and css on the page, and it seems fairly straightforward, but before I start building my site, I was hoping to get some insight on whether this is the best choice or not?
Look forward to any reply,