Turn a conventional blog layout into a scripted, truly liquid grid that can handle different sized blocks of content. Ben Wise shows you how.
jQuery and its cousins have come on leaps and bounds over the past few years, fixing a large number of common browser incompatibilities and speeding up code development. Beyond their original use for AJAX-style functionality, they've become useful tools in generating ambitious layouts impossible in traditional HTML.
This tutorial will take you through the process of enhancing a traditional HTML page with a scripted liquid grid layout. The script will take a range of different-sized content blocks and neatly fit them on screen, and even redraw when the window size changes. Don't be frightened; thanks to jQuery and its plug-ins, this boils down to one or two lines of code.