Per modificare sul momento un design, direttamente nel browser, CSS-Tricks suggerisce alcune funzionalità parte degli strumenti per sviluppatori di Firefox che potrebbero esservi sfuggite. Come document.designMode, che rende il testo della pagina web editabile, o la possibilità di scattare uno screenshot a un nodo del documento.

Perhaps more interesting is Gmail’s added support for embedded CSS and element, class, and ID selectors. With this one change, embedded styles will be nearly universally supported—meaning that email designers will no longer be bound to inline styles and all the headaches they bring. Emails will now be easier to design, develop, and maintain. The lighter code base and more familiar style of writing CSS means that many of the blockers for web developers taking email seriously will be removed.

Ho rinunciato alle stampanti anni fa, perché non ne esiste una che, come si direbbe da certe parti, just works. Però, c’é chi ancora non ha desistito e ne fa uso; queste persone, a volte, stampano anche cose da internet.

UX Design ha raccolto alcuni suggerimenti e accorgimenti da mettere dentro @media print, per rendere i nostri siti stampabili.

Zack Bloom ha riassunto le vicende attorno alla nascita del CSS, la cui prima specifica venne pubblicata nel Dicembre del 1996. Nei quattro/cinque anni precedenti, tuttavia, ci furono delle proposte alternative — che Zack presenta nel post, e che probabilmente a noi oggi appaiono astruse e innaturali:

When HTML was announced by Tim Berners-Lee in 1991 there was no method of styling pages. How given HTML tags were rendered was determined by the browser, often with significant input from the user’s preferences. It seemed, however, like a good idea to create a standard way for pages to ‘suggest’ how they might prefer to be rendered stylistically.

But CSS wouldn’t be introduced for five years, and wouldn’t be fully implemented for ten. This was a period of intense work and innovation which resulted in more than a few competing styling methods which just as easily could have become the standard.

While these languages are obviously not in common use today, I find it fascinating to think about the world that might have been. Even more surprisingly, it happens that many of these other options include features which developers would love to see appear in CSS even today.

Oliver Lindberg:

If CSS hadn’t been developed, designers might have gone elsewhere, explains Lie. HTML could have turned into more of a page description language, akin to PDF. Indeed, designers had already started making pictures out of their documents. “Because that meant you could control every pixel in there. So you could get the fonts, colours, you needed. You still see some of them around. If that had become the norm, we could have ended up with the web being a giant fax machine.”

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Due giochi di parole in CSS (via @linuz) che, purtroppo per voi (che ora ve li ritrovate davanti agli occhi), io ho trovato molto divertenti.