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Web Design into the Future with CSS3

This is a guest post contributed by Margaret Jules, a blogger by profession. She loves writing on automotto and cellphonebeat. Beside this she is fond of books. She recently did an article on Fortuner. These days she is busy in writing an article on Sony Ericsson satio.

The appearance and format of a web design can find amazing outcomes with the cascading style sheets 3 (CSS3). With many new features, the CSS3 makes web designs simpler and better than before. The host of new tools like drop shadows, gradients, animations and border shadows can be good reason for the popularity and success of a web design when adopted in the correct manner.

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Practically, these tools may not be used with each and every project you work on. There can be time until a wider applicability of CSS3 specification finds due recognition in the web designing world. However, these tools can certainly elevate the present web designs and acquire meaningful outcomes.

Here, you can find some interesting CSS3 tools.

Shadow tool

Shadows can provide considerable impact to your design with careful implementation. Just like they make a design, they can also break it. Text shadow can elevate the effect of reading experience by providing a 3D effect. Besides, shadows can also provide more visibility and clarity to text and paragraphs. With rounded corners and shadows, boxes can look more natural.

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There are various tools to control the shadow effect, like determining the offset of the shadow and level of blurriness. Firefox 3.1, Safari, Chrome and Opera support the feature. Chrome and Opera have restricted applicability.

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Border Radius and border image

The border-radius is probably the most commonly used CSS3 feature in the web designing industry. Possibly, the rounded corners which CSS3 styling facilitates are more fascinating for designers than the standard HTML block elements (square-shaped with 90-degree corners). The new feature allows rounded corners to be set, including the individual corners. Firefox, Safari and Chrome support the feature, providing standard browser experience for the users.

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Border image is another tempting feature of CSS3. Using this feature, you can characterize an image to be used instead of the usual border of an element. This feature is divided into two – border-image and border-corner-image. Separate images can also be used on each side of the border, a feature referred as ‘per-side bases’. This feature is supported in Firefox 3.1, Safari and Chrome.

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Transparency in design

Transparency is a significant feature in a web design. An opacity rule can be implemented directly in the CSS to provide better appeal to your outlay.

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With CSS3, you can shine colors from the background. The web browsers, which do not support linear gradients, can also display the background color. With numerous color schemes to implement, you can enhance the readability of your outlay using the new CSS3 tool. Firefox, Safari, Chrome, Opera (opacity) and IE7 support the feature.

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Web Fonts

Although font may remain the unrecognized player behind the success of a web design, you would agree that it has a crucial role to play. While some fonts remain the chosen ones in among the designers, with the @font-face CSS3 rule there is (more) freedom to work with fonts. Designers can find this feature attractive because there is no more a boundary to their designs (with a few web font families to work with).

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There can be some limitation due to copyright issues. But still, the fonts for @font-face embedding can be tempting to work with. Firefox 3.1, Opera 10, Safari and IE7 support the feature, although IE can also execute it (with fixes).

Meaningful design out of CSS3

CSS3 is still under development, and many tools’ application may not be easy. This has particular reference to type of web browser used. Cascading Style Sheets were developed to provide consistency to the style information for web documents. When done incorrectly, these new styling features can yield annoying designs.

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You may want to ensure the practical adaptation of these new tools before incorporating them into any of your designs.

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