CSS3: Too Early or Just In Time?
When it comes to web development, upgrades in code don’t come around often. It has been nearly 10 years since HTML got a revamp, and now HTML5 is finally making headway. With HTML comes style sheets, and now CSS3 is getting as much hype as HTML5 itself. But don’t be fooled, CSS3 is not HTML5.
A quick history in CSS will tell you that CSS compliments what HTML already does—and with two new upgrades it keeps getting better and better. Like with most industries, the web design community is always trying to streamline processes along with making things a step ahead of the rest. CSS3 seems to do this, and can actually cut out a lot of if not all Flash—which can be time consuming to build.
CSS3 is a double edge sword at the moment. It offers new and exciting features, but it also isn’t compatible on all browsers. Because it is in a “last call” phase, not all browsers are compatible. For now only webkit browsers (Safari and Chrome) along with FireFox and Opera are compatible.
Transitions are getting upgrades with CSS3 and there are numerous ways to make your photo galleries stand out. One popular way is to turn your photos into Polaroids. If you click here, you will see a great example, and also get a tutorial on how to implement this into your website.
You can now use CSS3 to animate—again without using flash. One popular demo of this is located here, and if you are in a webkit browser you will see the demo best. Flash isn’t going anywhere for now, but it is nice to know web designers will be able to animate and do other great effects using another medium.
These are just a few of the MANY things CSS3 is capable of. It may be a bit too soon to start implementing them in your website with the limited browser coverage, but practice makes perfect. It is never too soon to at least getting familiar with the code.
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