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WWW Framework

December 7th, 2007 by Erick Beck

While the graphical look of the new site is still being decided, John and I have started working on a page framework and set of guideline for building the site. The layout will be 100% CSS driven, no old-style table hacks. Given the wireframe we’re considering, this will use advanced elements of CSS — but hopefully without becoming so arcane that others can’t take the basic templates and modify them for their own use.

We have also decided to go with a fluid page width for the site, allowing it to expand (within reason) along with the browser. Moving away from fixed-width designs further means that we can avoid the issue of whether we must or should design for 800×600 screens. By using a fluid design everyone sees a nicely formatted version of the page in their browser no matter what resolution they’re running. I am really excited about this decision. Most universities do still publish fixed width pages, so this puts Texas A&M squarely in the vanguard of universities realizing the importance of and moving toward the adoption of good web development techniques.

Friday, December 7th, 2007
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