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“Space in typography is like time in music. It is infinitely divisible, but a few proportional intervals can be much more useful than a limitless choice of arbitrary quantities.” So says the typographer Robert Bringhurst, and just as regular use of time provides rhythm in music, so regular use of space provides rhythm in typography, and without rhythm the listener, or the reader, becomes disorientated and lost. On the Web, vertical rhythm – the spacing and arrangement of text as the reader descends the page – is contributed to by three factors: font size, line height and margin or padding.
Download this layout (25kb zip file). Percentage dimensions of the holy grail layout All the dimensions are in percentage widths so the layout adjusts to any screen resolution. Vertical dimensions are not set so they stretch to the height of the content. Maximum column content widths To prevent wide content (like long URLs) from destroying the layout (long content can make the page scroll horizontally) the column content divs are set to overflow:hidden.
All templates are XHTML 1.0 and CSS2. Basic CSS Templates 2 columns fixed centered 3 columns fixed centered CSS Templates with fixed positionen at the moment just in german avalible
May 13, 2005 10AM PST The difficulty of grid systems in web pages, the compromise of columns. I seem to quite often go back and forth between creating organic layouts with intuitive proportions, and creating a grid that I can hang my various elements on. Lately I’ve been more interested in the latter. Frequently I’ve caught myself calculating in my head what 750 divided by 3 minus two 10px margins equals. One of the larger problems in working with grids in web pages is that you often can’t do much about vertical proportions.
As a web-developer you don’t have to re-invent the wheel all the time. If it just has to work, and has to be valid, and has to have a nice, visually appealing design hierarchy, you just can use css-techniques developed in the web-dev-community over the last few years. If you take a look around, you’ll find many templates, which include basic (X)HTML/CSS-markup. You can start from there, learning and exploring the possibilities of CSS and modifying templates for your exquisite taste.
The previous grid article dealt with how to come up with a CSS strategy when you're working with another visual designer's comps. Now I'd like to discuss doing grid-based theme design for open source content management systems, e.g. Drupal and WordPress. The purpose of this article is to give you an idea of how to approach blog theme design using a grid system. After reading this, you should be able to create a fully-functional grid-based design and HTML prototype that can be coverted into a theme template.
What kind of grid article is this? Good question. After I blogged that I wanted to write this entry a few weeks ago, I started wondering if it was worth it since more appropriate people (visual designers) have written about grid-based web design already.
Problem The user needs to be able to scan, read and understand a page quickly Solution Use a grid system for the placement and alignment of all visual objects on the web page From www.audi.nl Use when
There’s an aspect of document presentation most of us don’t consider: the browser defaults. If you take an HTML or XHTML document—for the purposes of this exercise, assume it contains no presentational markup—and load it up in a Web browser with no CSS applied, there will still be some presentational effects. A level-one heading, for example, is usually boldfaced and a good deal larger than other text, thus leading to the old stereotype of headings being “big and ugly”; the pre element typically honors whitespace and uses a monospace font; a paragraph is separated from other elements by a “blank line”; and so on. From a CSS point of view, all this happens because the browser has built-in styles.