Christian Heilmann

Good-bye CSS-Discuss

Thursday, November 23rd, 2006 at 9:04 pm

From today onward I’ll be a follower of the CSS-Discuss mailing list and cease any posting on it.

I am simply tired of circular discussions, the same problems and (sometimes half-baked) solutions and nobody really taking the time to look for example at the amazing CSS discuss Twiki that offers good information collected over the years before asking once again why 100% height doesn’t work.

I don’t have any problems with people learning about CSS going there and asking for help and have given generously in the past, I have problems with people deliberately stopping solutions that have been proven to be flaky from dying out. The reasons might be because they have a business to defend based on these or simply don’t want to understand that web development involves more than HTML and CSS.

Another reason is the amount of religious debates about font-sizes, fluid vs. fixed, CSS hacks and so on and so forth going on and on and on and several list members showing an almost pavlovian desire to repeat what they said as the only true solution and nobody believed once again when their pet topic shows up.

I’ve had a good time during the 4 years on the list and many a good discussion. I learnt a lot and was very lucky to be able to share wisdom with Eric Meyer, Ingo Chao, Thierry Koblentz, Zoe M. Gillenwater, David Dorward, Christian Montoya, Adam Kuehn, Alex Robinson and many more. I hope to be able to still get the occassional gem from it, but it has slipped way down my daily to check list.

Hey, gives me more time to finish the new book and create some more stuff again :-)

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