On 8 Nov 2012, at 13:04, Richard Lowther wrote:
What are the advantages and/or differences in choosing CSS3 actions (shadows, text shadow, shadows extra, corners… ) rather than the similar effects built into Freeway ?
CSS is essentially just text so these effects are all very lightweight compared to using graphics. Because of this they tend to be ideal for slower connections like smart phones.
Do recent versions of IE render them for example ?
Is the site code cleaner ?
Yes. CSS3 pages tend to be a lot smaller as they don’t rely on making the shadows (for example) using images and tables or divs to hold them.
Does the site load faster ?
Yes. Less code, fewer (or no) images = a faster page load.
Anything else I should be aware, or wary, of ?
Over use of CSS3 could have you marked don as a hipster!
Joking aside, if you know that your site can function and look OK without the extra CSS3 styles in IE 9 and below then use them. If, however, you have to have that drop shadow visible to make the page function, legible, or just make sense then consider either dropping back to use images, use CSS3 and a JS patch (or shim), or consider a belt and braces approach of using CSS3 for browsers that support it and fall back to images where they are not. That last option will double your workload, however.
Take a close look at your site analytics and see what percentage of users visit using browsers that don’t support these styles. If it is the majority then maybe be a little more conservative about moving onto CSS3 as a suitable replacement to images. On the other hand if the number is small then maybe give it a go.
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