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html/css I am new to to both and just started reading through some tutorials online a few days ago. after getting the basics of html/css I decided to try to build a website from scratch. To do this I used as a model the code from the csszengarden.com website. Something that is a bit confusing is that the tutorials I have gone through were made at differet times, some as much as 6-7 years ago. it seems that the newer tutorials are suggesting that most things be done in the css while the older tutorials are depending more on the html for the design aspect. Because I used the css zen garden as a model, I put in all my images as background in the css instead of as part of the html. the css zen garden does this because it's made to give the css designer full access to the design while not allowing any changes be made to the html. But is this normal procedure? Are web designers leaning more and more towards putting things like images in the css rather then html? or is it better to insert them in the html code and then just use the css to make adjustments? Are there certain settings you would not be able to control if you inserted the image as a background in the css? I guess I'm not really sure if one or the other is better or if it's just a matter of personal preference. The website I built looks really good in IE but it does not look quite right in Firefox so I'm wondering if maybe that might have something to do with it.

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There is lots of discussion among developers

and programmers of the merits of CSS. Yet, looking over most Websites, including the most popular, you will find a great deal still done without CSS. Most sites contain CSS, but few stick to CSS layout and format strictly. Most sites are still using tables, at least to some extent, for positioning.

Mostly I find that clients want their site up and running, they want timely information, and don't care as much how you do it.

I would say that CSS is the way to go, but there is a big learning curve to understand it fully. I would not wait until I knew CSS fully, or I would never have a Website up and running.

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I've wondered about images, too

I've had that same question recently working on a large commercial web site. I'm all for moving the layout and styling into external CSS and moving the behavior to external Javascript (yeah jQuery!).

I tend to think of images as either content or chrome. Content images convey information in themselves, such as diagrams and photographs, while chrome makes the site look nicer or graphically emphasizes the information architecture. So I would tend to put the content images in the HTML (or the CMS) and leave the chrome as background images.

It's not always black and white, and as procrastin8r pointed out, sometimes you just need to get the job done. I'm glad to hear your using zengarden. I think that will improve your thinking of how to use CSS. Also check out Google's jQuery Javascript libraries for DHTML.

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CSS junky ;)

While I'm a strong advocate of CSS, people here are making a great point that it's not always the answer in all situations.

However, in a situation where you have the time to indulge in CSS, for formatting websites it's what anyone thinking ahead uses. Once you get past the learning curve, CSS is very powerful, flexible, and easier to manage down the road. The only reason I still use tables is for presenting tabular content.

As for your specific image question, someone else already mentioned this but I'll say it again - theme/layout images go in the background, while content related images are generally placed in the HTML.

CSS Zen Garden is a great place to get started!

As for browser compatibility, IE doesn't hold to web standards. You can view browser compatibility and their differences on Wikipedia (Google "comparison of web browsers" it won't let me post a link) ...you will always run into discrepancies between browsers. And honestly, most sites look great in all browsers except IE.

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