12 Lessons for Those Afraid of CSS

full article: alistapart.com

  1. Everything you know is wrong sort of
  2. It's not going to look exactly the same everywhere unless you're willing to face some grief and possibly not even then
  3. You will be forced to choose between the ideal and the practicable
  4. (with thanks to Antoine de Saint-Exupéry): Perfection is not when there's nothing to add, but when there's nothing to take away
  5. Some sites are steaming heaps of edge cases
  6. Longer lead times are inevitable
  7. Coherent and sensible source order is the best of Good Things
  8. Descendant selectors are the beginning and end of genuinely powerful CSS rules
  9. In the real world, stylesheet hacks will get your project across the finish line
  10. Working around rendering bugs is like playing Whack-a-Mole
  11. When you're drowning in CSS layout problems, make sure of the width and height of the water, float without putting up a struggle, and get clear of the problems
  12. Background images will make the difference between the plain and the tastefully embellished