Sat, 07 Jun 2003 21:42:37 GMT

Not Rocket Science. Simon Willison is collecting his excellent series of writeups on practical CSS magic under the rubric CSS ain‰??t Rocket Science. He should be wrong, it should be like rocket science: predictable, deterministic, with an engineering ruleset saying How To Do It. Except for the tools are broken. To be specific, Microsoft‰??s tool is broken. And in recent news, apparently they don‰??t care. Which is maybe just fine. … [ongoing]

this is nifty, handy, and all that…. the problem of coruse is that rocket sceince isn't very predictible, deterministic, or heavily governed by an engineering ruleset, though many believe it to be. at its heart, it is a science, which means that it is only as determinate as human error allows it to be, it is only as engineered as social structures allow for, and in the end, it is broken and disastrous, but it does make good tv.