If you view this home page in Firefox (or a browser other than IE or Opera), you'll notice I added some rounded corners.
Been reluctant to spend much time focusing on site styling, preferring rather to concentrate on generating » content.
In the world of cars, for example, I've always preferred the spartan cockpit of a Porsche to the bells & whistles you find sitting in a corvette. Tho admittedly, that's just my druthers.
Techniques that use graphics to achieve their effect involve inserting additional HTML elements that are otherwise unnecessary, because current CSS standards (v2.1) allow only 1 background image per element (while each box has 4 corners). Future versions of CSS (v3.0) will support 8 images per element (for this very reason).
This approach has 2 main problems. First, adding (otherwise) unnecessary markup goes against all that is holy to the Web Standards movement, which touts the tenent of 'Semantic Markup' as one of its pillars.
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[ Yet it seems as if the people who preach the gospel of Web Standards are the same ones who devise & espouse techniques for employing rounded corners that violate the doctrine of Semantic Markup. ]
Multiply these additional server-calls times the number of boxes per page, and thousands of pages-per-site, and you can see that adding rounded corners to your pages can affect the load on a server.
I also added some of these same (CSS-based) rounded corners to the new Dreamweaver Template guide. But again, you'll need Firefox or SeaMonkey (or some other browser) to see what I've done there.
One more thing » I also tried SpiffyCorners, which I noticed are used in the new forum template .. but couldn't get them to work correctly here. (Not sure why.) Spiffy involves the use of quite a bit of extra markup, which I didn't like.
Now all we need is for Internet Explorer to catch up to where we're at.
For more along these lines, here's a Google search preconfigured for the query » rounded corners