The World Wide Web Consortium‘s Web site has been redesigned, although visually it looks almost the same as before. The change is that they’ve dropped tables-for-layout and are instead using CSS to set up the three columns and style the content. It’s nice to see them trying to live up to the motto “Leading the Web to its Full Potential…” or, at the very least, finally catching up with the present.
It turns out they’re using a design approach I personally dislike, where all three columns are floated left (leaving none of them fully in the normal flow), but it’s not an inherently bad approach. I just prefer other ways of achieving the same effect… but, as David Powers once pointed out to me, CSS is a lot like Perl in that it often embodies the spirit of TMTOWTDI—that is, there’s more than one way to do it. That may be one of the reasons I find CSS so compelling, even though its open-endedness makes it a bit harder to learn.