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FIFO or LIFO

In my last redesign of Tribolum, I noted that while content could be separated from presentation, the <a href="http://www.tribolum.com/archives/2003/09/27/more_tweaks.php">order of content affected the presentation</a>. I had wanted to be able to float Tribolum's sidebar left or right regardless (note to self: no such word as irregardless) of whether it appeared before or after the main blog content in the markup.
It is comforting to know that even Zen Gardener <a href="http://www.mezzoblue.com/">Dave Shea</a> struggled with the <a href="http://mezzoblue.com/archives/2004/01/23/friday_chall/">same problem</a>. The difference is that when Dave hollers, people answer. When I rant about web design, Faith (and most of the rest of you) run away screaming as if blood were about to ooze from your eyeballs.
<a href="http://www.ryanbrill.com/">Ryan Brill</a> managed to turn <a href="http://www.mezzoblue.com/tests/proper-floats/test.html">this</a> into <a href="http://www.ryanbrill.com/floats.htm">this</a> using a negative margin solution which I won't even pretend to understand. It works.
Don't know if I'll ever use it, though. Much as I love hacks and workarounds, I'm cutting back and waiting for the browers to get their act together.

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