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From Ugo Cei <>
Subject Re: Forrest (a.k.a. 2.0)
Date Tue, 18 Dec 2001 09:40:53 GMT
Stefano Mazzocchi wrote:

> 3) layout
> ---------
> The layout previously proposed on this list was a solution to the speed
> problem but I couldn't adapt it to the depth needs identified in the
> rest of the goals.
> So, I resurrected my rusty web design skills and came up with the layout
> you find attached. I've tested it on IE 5.5, NS 4.78 and Moz 0.9.5 on
> win2k. 
> Feedback, suggestions and criticisms are appreciated.

Ok, hope this is considered constructive criticism ;).

I really think that we, as a community that thrives on open standards 
like XML, should do our best to adhere to such standards. I've tested 
your page with the W3C validator and it reports 43 conformance errors if 
  validated against the HTML 4.01 Transitional DTD and too many errors 
to count if validated against the XHTML 1.0 Transitional DTD.

As I said before, this is intended to be constructive criticism, so I 
rolled up my sleeves and transformed it into a valid XHTML 1.0 
Transitional document. I even added the nice W3C validation logo ;).

I've tested it on Mozilla 0.9.6 and Opera 6.0 beta on Linux. Mozilla is 
fine and Opera shows a little glitch that I think could be easily fixed, 
I just have no time at this momento to look after it. Sorry but I 
couldn't test it under IE 5/6 at the moment.

What about NS4 and IE4 and earlier? Well ... read then come back to talk about 
it (maybe off these lists if this is considered OT).

Speaking of standards conformance, besides validation, I'd like to 
rewrite this page to use a more structural markup, take all stylistical 
attributes (colors, sizes, margins, etc.) to CSS, and refrain from using 
tables and spacer gifs for layout. More on this in the coming days, if I 
can find an hour or two to work on it.


Ugo Cei - Consorzio di Bioingegneria e Informatica Medica
P.le Volontari del Sangue, 2 - 27100 Pavia - Italy
Phone: +39.0382.525100 - E-mail:

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