czep.net has been designed in a loose attempt to adhere to basic web standards and to follow the guidelines of modern markup based on the XHTML 1.0 Transitional and the CSS2 style sheet specifications. Not being a standards evangelist, my motivation is more driven by my own sense that this is simply the correct way to do things. I am not a professional web developer and this site was most decidedly not created with profit in mind nor do I feel it necessary to cater to anyone's peculiar tastes but my own. This is why I say I am making merely a loose attempt to adhere to the standards.
One year after I originally set out to redesign this site, I am happy to report not only that I have more or less satisfactorily achieved the design goals I had in mind, but also that the main index page is now officially valid. You will no doubt have already recognized my obsession with the rounded-corners motif and this was indeed the primary feature of my new design. It wasn't until last weekend, however, that the complete "trifecta" became real. The original idea for dressing up the site's navigational links involved three key features:
- Boxes with rounded corners encompassing the links
- A drop shadow effect on the boxes
- A "button-like" look and feel to the boxes
A series of nested
<div> in response to
init function; otherwise, the browser might attempt to follow the link twice.
<img> tags for additional background images at the bottom of the page, along with the
style="display: none;" directive.
So now that I finally have the look I was searching for, I can spend some time working on the site's content. Hopefully this will happen before another year goes by!
For reference, the main style sheet used throughout this site can be accessed here: main.css.