September 09, 2006

September 16 Meeting Announcement

The first PACS meeting of the season will be next Saturday, September 16. The CSS Workshop will be meeting at the same time and place as last year, Room 713, 9 - 10 am.

We will be start the new season with a whole new topic: Page Layout. The old HTML way of structuring pages was to use (or mis-use) tables to organize elements on the browser page. CSS introduced new ways of structuring pages by separating presentation from structure. The properties that make layouts happen are float and position, and we will work through these topics in the first few meetings of the year.

We will start this month by reviewing the use of tables to structure pages and then see how to do the same thing with CSS. The basis of CSS layout is the box model, and we will review that subject briefly before getting into the float property. If you want to prepare a little bit, I suggest reviewing material on the CSS box model. A good article is Make better Web pages by understanding the CSS box model. You might also want to take a look at the sample pages of our website for the examples of boxes, borders, and margin and padding: Sample Pages for Testing CSS.

This month, PACS has the usual full schedule of web-related sessions on tap, including JavaScript, Flash, and a new workshop on The main Web Design SIG is at 1 pm, and we will be raffling off a copy of the first version of the book Designing with Web Standards, by Jeffrey Zeldman to all members who attend.

Complete details of this month's activities are at the new and improved PACS website. And in fact, the Web Design SIG will be a review of the process of updating that site.

See you Saturday.

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