It may be due to the recent flux and chaos in my world that I feel like retreating to the precision of semantic XHTML. I know it makes me a huge geek but I sat here for a half hour re-planning my blog in full, compliant, semantically-constructed XHTML.
Here’s what I have so far. DIVs marked with a border to show structure.
I remember how long it took me to make the mental jump from a bold tag to a strong tag. That you use mark-up to make the text readable by machine and then use the stylesheet to make it look nice to humans. I’ve tried to explain it to people before and there’s so much geeky backstory that it’s hard to explain why it’s important.
But for now I’m playing with a fully semantic front page template. It’s the same kind of mental acuity I used to love in those fill-in style word puzzles that I used to shield my brain during a harrowing summer of summer stock.
I love it – it’s so spare. I also am charging the old Palm V to see how it looks on a handheld! GEEK!