In search of the One True layout…

There are some things that we CSS people try to do that seem just as hard as any of Hercules labours, and quite often require writing code that wouldn’t look out of place etched into the side of Mount Doom. One of those things is equal height columns. Gah, even the mention of them sends me into panic.

However, thanks to the clever Alex Robinson, there are now Ways and Means. The article is pretty long, so make sure you settle down with a cup of tea and a biscuit before starting it, but it does seem to provide a solution to several of the biggest bugbears with CSS layouts.

Vapourware for WIMPs…

Some things exist. We know they exist, we see them, we can touch them. Other things don’t exist, except in the minds of over-zealous salespeople. Of course, I’m talking but vapourware – software that can be demo’d and sold, but doesn’t actually exist.

But I like it this way; for one thing I know I’m going to be abe to work on something without being broken off every 20 minutes to do some minor adminstration task. And it also gives me the chance to mess about with system architecture, something I’m becoming more and more interested in.

I’ve decided to use the WIMP stack – Windows, IIS, MySQL and PHP. Partly because it fits in best with the infrastructure of the organisation I’m writing this software for, but mainly becase I like the name.

The three ages of information…

Read this interesting article by Frederico Oliveira about what he calls the three ages of information. No one can doubt that, if you let it, information can very quickly overload you. While we still have a long way to go before we can all tap into the emerging global knowledgebase without melting down, the current model of subscribing to the bits of quality that you want is a step in the right direction.