[thelist] css class vs id

Martin martin at members.evolt.org
Fri May 10 08:53:00 CDT 2002

<tip type="CSS elements">
On Friday, May 10, 2002, at 02:26  pm, Steve Cook wrote:

> There are 3 types of basic elements in CSS, block-level, inline and list
> elemnets.
> List item elements are pretty much only LI elements!

And interestingly, each can be CSS-styled to visually appear
as one of the other types, which can bridge the gap between
looking swish and being semantically correct

Example - a navigation bar is usually semantically a list. If you've
got a non-visual browser (or a text only one), it makes sense for
it to be rendered as a list with links.

But having a list as your main nav often looks ugly - either
you don't want the bullets or numbers, or you may even want a
horizontal nav.

Well don't let that stop you using the semantically correct content -
because the presentation is separate, you can make your nav list
*look* like a normal nav bar.

Side nav:

Top nav:
#toc {
	text-align: center;
	padding: 0px;
	margin: 0px;
	width: 100%;
	position: absolute;
	top: 0px;

#toc li {
         display:	inline;

<div id="toc">
          <a href="/articles/index.html">Articles</a>
          <a href="/photos/index.html">Photos</a>
          <a href="/contact/index.html">Get in Touch</a>
          <a href="/cv/index.html">CV</a>

Could you use dHTML to have sublists popping out or down on
hover? Probably.

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