Layer Me Not

When Macromedia created what it calls “layers” (really just CSS div tags positioned absolutely) in Dreamweaver, it did a world of damage to the field of web design. This is largely in part because people tend to think of layers like those you use when creating complex images in Photoshop, and expect them to behave similarly.

Furthermore, the way they implement these so-called layers, by using absolute positioning, works against forward-thinking CSS design.

I bring this up only because I see people everywhere (everywhere being Yahoo web design chat and some Web Design forums I frequent) stuck in the layer way of thinking asking questions about why their layout works in IE, but not in Firefox, or vis-versa.

About Will Chatham

Will Chatham is the Application Security Engineer at a cyber security research and development firm. Since Netscape 2.0, he has worked in a wide array of environments including non-profit, corporate, small business, and government. His varied background, from web developer to search engine optimizer to security professional, has helped him build a wide range of skills that help those with whom he works and teaches.
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