Posting Guidelines

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Css-discuss is primarily intended to be a place for authors to discuss real-world uses of CSS. This doesn't preclude discussions of theory, or nifty cutting-edge tricks that show off the power of CSS, or even talking about (X)HTML, DOM, and so forth. However, it's greatly appreciated if such discussions have some practical payoff, even if it's just teaching other list members a little bit more about how CSS works. Css-discuss covers all stages, from beginner to advanced.

So these guidelines are exactly that - just guidelines. Their purpose is to make you stop and think about whether you really need to send that post you were just about to - CSS-discuss can be a very high traffic list at times. This is not a hard-and-fast censor's charter but rather advice that posting on these subjects can make you look like a rude and inconsiderate or incompetent idiot, even if people are too polite to point this out.

If, after reading the points below, you feel you still have an interesting point to make or question to ask on these topics, then by all means go ahead.


Validate your code

Before asking for help, try to ensure that both your markup and your CSS are valid: see Code Validation.

Provide a URL

When asking a question, it usually helps if you can provide a URL to the problem page and a URL directly to the relevant CSS. Alternatively, provide a URL to a minimal test case.

Posting Links

When you post links, keep in mind that most email clients will break your text into lines of about 42 characters long. Many URLs are much longer and will break into two lines, rendering them unclickable. If you are posting a long URL, please use a url-shortening service such as to shorten your links before you post, but provide the full URL if it could be at all useful for archive purposes. Enclose URLs in angle brackets <http: //...etc> to aid mail clients in detecting them.

Configuring Clients

Email clients can be configured to assist a little in following the guidelines, especially the one concerning HTML mails. Configuring Email Clients tells you how.

Off Topic

Some topics are quite simply Off Topic: see the Off Topic page for examples and for links to more appropriate forums.

Holy Wars

Some topics have been done to death. Sometimes there is more mileage to be had in revisiting the subject, but more often than not the topic is just an open invitation for a holy war between rival believers, generally serving very little purpose and causing the list chaperone to get upset and put his big pointy [ADMIN] hat on (er, post to the list requesting that a particular thread be discontinued).


Some topics are such oft-asked questions that they are addressed in the wiki

There's plenty of other useful stuff in the wiki - don't forget to have a proper look there before posting.

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