Why you should convert to CSS

Written by James Crooke

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CSS will help make your website DDA compliant. The DDA isrepparttar Disabilities Discrimination Act,repparttar 149165 Act makes it "unlawful for a service provider to discriminate against a disabled person by refusing to provide any service which it provides to members ofrepparttar 149166 public", specifically mentioning websites.

Another benefit of using CSS is variable font sizes. CSS will allow you to specify a font size as a percentage, doing so will allow visitors with poor eye sight to enlargerepparttar 149167 text size. Tip: Try increasingrepparttar 149168 font size of a page by holding down ctrl and scrollingrepparttar 149169 wheel of your mouse (if it has one). You will notice that most websites do not allow you to increaserepparttar 149170 font size (unless you are usingrepparttar 149171 Firefox browser which forces it) because they use pixel measurements. And those that work but use <font> tags (such as Google) are actually breakingrepparttar 149172 accessibility guidelines.

Generally, websites designed in css are accessible on all sorts of devices including mobile phones and PDAs. The majority of hand held devices will simply ignorerepparttar 149173 CSS, leaving behind a readable (but bland) web site behind. A table design however is likely to render too wide forrepparttar 149174 viewable region.

  • Increase your popularity in SERPS!

    Sorry, there I go again withrepparttar 149175 acronyms. SERPS stands for Search Engine Result Pages -repparttar 149176 set of links returned by a search engine in response to a user query.

    I can imagine that some of you are thinking "pullrepparttar 149177 other one! How can using CSS make my website rank higher in Google or MSN!" - well, extensive use of tables and obsolete tags can confuse search engine spiders which crawl your website for content. Some can even confuse code with content, althoughrepparttar 149178 major search engines seem to be very good at stripping out every possible HTML tag or JavaScript snippet - but it takes up valuable processing power that they would rather spend elsewhere.

    It doesn't take a genius to work out that, like humans,repparttar 149179 search engine will start reading fromrepparttar 149180 top of your web page and just like humans they want to find out how relevant this page is as soon as possible - so cutting downrepparttar 149181 amount of code will make it easier forrepparttar 149182 robot to findrepparttar 149183 relevant text. Research suggests that you will also score "brownie points" with search engines for having standards compliant code that can be rendered across all mediums.

    Tip: A combination of well written HTML code, fully utilised CSS and unique, well referenced content isrepparttar 149184 key to a higher search engine ranking.

  • Disadvantages of using CSS

    As previously mentioned, there arn't any real disadvantages of using CSS -repparttar 149185 pros far outweighrepparttar 149186 cons. To put it another way, CSS 'div based' design versus table based design is a bit like comparing Liverpool Football Club to Gresley Rovers. There's only ever going to be one winner and everybody knows it.

    So on torepparttar 149187 only disadvantage I can think of...

    • Old browser issues

      Old browsers, such asrepparttar 149188 early versions of Netscape and Internet Explorer. may have a hard time displaying CSS, especially as CSS-2 is now available to use and onlyrepparttar 149189 most recent browsers support it.

      The solution? Downloadrepparttar 149190 latest browser! Which reminds me of potentially one more disadvantage; giving yourself a headache whilst attempting to get your website to look identical in Internet Explorer and Firefox - doh! Oh well, practise makes perfect.

    In Conclusion

    If you are interested in re-designing your website to use CSS, I would start by learningrepparttar 149191 basics. Find a simple CSS tutorial onrepparttar 149192 web and work your way through some more complex CSS examples. Then, have a go at doing your own! You will more than likely hit some problems with cross-browser compatibility but you should find help on webmaster forums such as those found at www.webmasterworld.com and www.sitepoint.com.

    James Crooke is a software engineer at CJ Website Hosting. Research interests include Object Orientated Web Applications, SEO and Accessibility in web design.

    How to Activate The Firefox Live Bookmark Feature on Your Site

    Written by Joe Duchesne

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    The first parameter specifies that we are mentioning a forward link to an alternate page for content. In this case,repparttar alternate page isrepparttar 148725 RSS feed. The second parameter ‘type=”application/rss+xml’ is stating thatrepparttar 148726 link is to an RSS feed resource. The third parameter is ‘title=”RSS 2.0″ and it isrepparttar 148727 text that will appear when someone clicks onrepparttar 148728 Live Bookmark Icon. In this example it would display “RSS 2.0″ but you could specify “Subscribe to this RSS Feed” or whatever you wanted. The third and final parameter isrepparttar 148729 href=”http://screamerfeeds.com/feed/”. This isrepparttar 148730 link or URL torepparttar 148731 actual feed thatrepparttar 148732 visitor will subscribe to.

    The whole process is fairly simple once you understandrepparttar 148733 basics. You can literally make your RSS feed accessible via Live Bookmark to any of your visitors in just a few minutes. The rest is up to you.

    Joe Duchesne is the webmaster of ScreamerFeeds.com which is dedicated to educating webmasters on the virtues of RSS Feeds. Reprint Freely as long as you keep the keyword rich link live.

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