If you are visiting this site on the 5th of April then don’t worry, the site isn’t broken! If you’re visiting after the 5th of April then you won’t see what I’m talking about. The reason this site looks (or looked) ‘funny’ is because all of the stylesheets for the site are disabled to promote Web Design according to Web Standards.
“CSS Naked Day ’07” is a concerted effort by a whole heap of people online to promote the design and development of web sites according to Web Standards. The initiative was started last year by Dustin Diaz who explains it by saying:
The idea behind this event is to promote Web Standards. Plain and simple. This includes proper use of (x)html, semantic markup, a good hierarchy structure, and of course, a good ‘ol play on words. It’s time to show off your <body>.
Hopefully my site looks ok in all of it’s naked CSS glory :)
If you don’t know anything about CSS or Web Standards then go take a look at these resources for a quick starting point:
- Web Standards
- CSS Zen Garden
- A List Apart
- Designing with Web Standards (book)
- 456 Berea Street
- Bulletproof Web Design (book)
- Web Standards Solutions (book)
Anyway, that’s just a few links for starters, there’s lot’s of good stuff there. The “Designing with Web Standards” book is a great introduction to the whole concept, and the last two books are great for taking your skills further forwards. All three are really well written and are essential books to read in my opinion.