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looking back upon the storied history of css, we see some important milestones that have shaped our direction as web designers. These watershed techniques, articles, and events helped us create aexible, accessible websites that we could be proud of both visually as well as under the hood. You could argue that things began to get interesting back
(OK, I’m speaking for myself here.) Most importantly though, the contemporary crop of browsers was relatively stagnant. This period of status quo gave us time to craft reusable approaches and establish best practices, but things got a little, dare I say, boring for the CSS a_cionado yearning for better tools. Thankfully things changed. Browsers began iterating and updating more rapidly (well, some of them anyway). Firefox and Safari not only started to gain market share, they also thrived on a quicker development cycle, adding solid standards support alongside more experimental properties.
This is a very good thing. This segmented approach has enabled portions of the spec to move faster (or slower) than others, and has encouraged browser vendors to implement the pieces that are further along before the entirety of CSS3 is considered _nished. The bene_t here for us web designers is that along with experimentation and faster release cycle comes the ability to use many CSS3 properties before waiting until they become Candidate Recommendations, perhaps years from now. Now, by all means, if you enjoy reading speci_cations, go for it! Naturally there’s a lot to be learned in there—but it’s far more practical to focus on what’s currently implemented and usable today, and those are the bits that we’ll be talking aboutn the rest of this chapter. Later, we’ll apply those bits in examples throughout the rest of the book. I’ve always learned more about web design by dissecting examples in the wild rather than reading white papers, and that’s what we’ll stress in the pages that follow.