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Function Over Form

In modern design, form is always seen to follow function. So goes for web design, especially for Web 2.0. The functional elements form the core of modern websites, the styling merely being applied after the foundation has been laid. But often, it isn't quite as simple. Moreso with the continuing usage of browsers that do not conform to web standards. Still, we don't choose our circumstances, and we have to design to this varied assortment of browsers and hope they display our pages consistently.

Of course, this makes it difficult for all but the simplest of styles to be applied consistently to our functional elements. If we go beyond the deliberately simple aesthetic of Web 2.0, we find that we need to rely on crutches like JavaScript to correct for cross-browser variances. Not only is this a bit hackish, but with more people using script blockers we run the risk of our pages looking like an amateurish mess.

So we rely on good old HTML. Wrap everything in divs, apply backgrounds to the wrappers, and lay the unstyled functional elements on top. The funny thing is, it is still, in a way, function over form.
 
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