Comments on CrumblingCustomization

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I find the term "stylesheet-nazi" very misleading, if not meaningless, because stylesheets are defined as recommendations and rendering guide only. It is up to the client to accept/interpret or reject/ignore CSS directives as appropriate to the user's preference settings. Furthermore, the "cascading" part of CSS means that a user CSS directive can always override a site one for any given rendering characteristic.

The Opera browser provides a window-specific button to turn off site CSS just like that. One of the things I liked about it. Other browsers don't always have the option so visible, but it should be there somewhere, including the option to set a local CSS file to have priority over a site's styling. Sometimes you just have a selection of preferred colors, link-colors and fonts/sizes. Control-plus and -minus appear pretty standard font size adjusters on the client side, no matter how specified in the CSS. IE support for this is poor and inconsistent, however, and I believe breaks when fonts (and other elements) are specified in absolute terms, especially if in the HTML rather than as CSS. -- Bo Leuf



You've got a point, Bo ... I think I came up with "stylesheet-nazi" because of its alliteration (sibilance) more than its accuracy ... and of course, HTML itself is supposed to fail softly and gracefully ....

But on the other side, I must mention a book I saw some years ago, wherein a self-styled graphical artist recommended putting all ones web page text into graphics so as to maintain greater control over the appearance --- zowie!

^z = MarkZimmermann



I know, I've seen that kind of recommendation myself, including the use of resized blank gifs to tweak layout. Gngh... of course it's true, that a rendered graphics block is the only way to guarantee a particular font or logo to appear reasonably close to the artist's intent. As a logo, maybe. As site content, no way. -- Bo Leuf