This is Gila, my fifth design on OSWD. In the tradition of my previous two designs, Gila was inspired by the look of a pre-existing website. Gila’s inspiration was the website of ActiveState, an open-source application development company. The name Gila is a play on the word: Komodo, the name of one of ActiveState’s products which is based on the Mozilla project.

Features of This Design

Standards compliant
Gila is 100% compliant with XHTML 1.0 Strict and CSS 2 for more consistent browser rendering. The design is also XHTML 1.1-ready, merely requiring an XML declaration and a change of DTD.
Layout without tables
Unlike this design’s inspiration, Gila does not use tables for layout purposes. This stems from my personal conviction that tables should only be used to display tabular data.

More Features of This Design

Relative metrics
Most measurements (such as widths and spacings) are font-size relative. This means that if a viewer changes the page’s default font size, the document metrics also change to compensate.
Separate stylesheet for color scheme
All the colors of this design are defined in their own stylesheet. Thus, you can generate several versions of this stylesheet which define different color schemes for your webpage. To change your page’s colors, simply replace the color scheme stylesheet with a different version.

Final Notes

The look of my last three designs (this one inclusive) have all been based on published pages. This is because I am artistically challenged, as evidenced by my first two designs!

The main reason why I submit designs to OSWD is to show that webpages can be rewritten in XHTML 1.0 Strict and CSS, without tables, and not loose too much with respect to “look & feel”.

I hope you find Gila useful. If you use this design or derive inspiration from it, please let me know so that I may have a look at your website.