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Jesse Gardner

I’m going to take your message with moderation. You argue a well-articulated approach, but I’m not sure I’m on board with your thinking.

As much as I like the concept of showing off all the fancy things CSS3 can do, I don’t want my design constrained solely by that limited feature set (also: which browser implementation?). Three cheers for rounded corners and hip-hip-hooray for RGBA; but what about jagged edges, radial gradients, alpha transparency knockouts and all sorts of other amazing design techniques waiting to be invented?

If you start with the tool that has the narrowest visual feature set (I think everyone here would admit Photoshop beats CSS3 any day when it comes to visuals), you’ll end up with a lackluster site that while probably functional doesn’t do much to stand out.