I notice that Patrick “Herb” Lauke has redesigned/ realigned the Salford University website with some tasteful Flash – and made a video of the redesign process!
I too have had a modest recode, to remove scrollbars from Safari and to restore a footer to the design. Originally, I had no footer as I was absolutely positioning the sidebar from the bottom of the source to the left of the screen, and with a blog there’s no way to know which will be longer – the sidebar or main content.
But I like footers, so have got a gruesome CSS epicycle to hold the grid together. The content div is still before the sidebar in the source, but the content div is 100% wide to fill the screen and has a left border of 240px wide. The sidebar is 210px wide and is given a left-margin of -100%, superimposing it over the wide left border of the content div. A small problem with IE means there’s a small horizontal scrollbar, but I hope to get my brain around that (without an IE-only stylesheet dragged in conditional comments). (If you’ve got any ideas, do let me know.)
During my redesign, I made liberal use of Brothercake’s new Firefox extension “Dust-Me Selectors” to find unused CSS selectors. For those who have to rummage around legacy CSS written by other people (or wade through your own code that you wrote when drunk) it’ll prove as valuable as the Web Developer’s Toolbar and Firebug. And full marks to Brothercake and Sitepoint for releasing it for free.
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