You might notice something different about this site for the next 24 hours or so if you’re a regular reader. The page looks different, doesn’t it? I’ll explain why right now.
See, I have a feed subscription to someone named Dustin Diaz, who runs his own blog. He started CSS Naked Day in 2006, and had another one last year with over 1,600 participants. This year, April 9th is the date, and I’m participating as well.
CSS Naked Day shows off how much CSS has changed Web design. Sites that use standards-compliant and semantic markup will be perfectly functional without styles. Those that abuse tags to get certain effects might not be so lucky. For more details, visit the Day’s site.
I removed the CSS for a minute or two on April 8th as a test to see how it would look during the event. If you visited during that short time, around 05:30 that morning (CDT), you would have seen a CSS-free page. It looks the same right now. Technobabbles’ look will be back to normal around midnight April 10th.
I’ll admit I did leave a few snippets of styling in place — inline styles in posts and sidebar modules (which are at the bottom for this one day due to the lack of CSS) would be too difficult to find, remove, and then restore for one day. There are hundreds of them. I also don’t have much control over the styles imported by sidebar widgets, so they will look normal, if a bit stretched.
For those of you reading in a feed reader, why don’t you click through and take a look at how the site looks without any styles?