Over the years I've seen a trend. There are a lot of designers who've learned some development, but fewer developers have learned design.
Sure, we've kept up on CFML changes, and have learned to work with XML, but many still write HTML 3 type display, with little to no knowledge of the power of CSS.
Over the next several posts, we're going to cover the 'view' layer of our applications. Nothing too in depth, but enough basic coverage to give a good idea of what's possible with well formed documents and styles. After running through some of these basics, we'll apply the 'view' from the perspective of CF, showing how it might be used within some of our MVC frameworks, and extending it dynamically to fit our needs.
Quick start, you need a document. So let's do it:
<meta http-equiv="Content-Type" content="text/html; charset=iso-8859-1" />
That's it. That's all we're gonna do with this post, just a basic start. You have a well formed, baseline document, defined as an XHTML transitional document type. Next post in this series we'll start to construct, piece-by-piece, a tableless, CSS driven layout, and then work outward to making that dynamic with ColdFusion.