Developers already turned much of their attention to the newer CSS3 version of the Web page formatting technology, but standards have a long lifespan.
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Presenting a polished layout is crucial to newspapers and magazines publishing on the Web. Opera CTO Hakon Wium Lie says the CSS Web standard is adapting accordingly.
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The CSS Regions would have helped ease magazine-like layouts on the Web. But Google's priority now is on performance, not features -- especially mobile browser performance.
Developers may have to adapt to browsers that lose features, such as CSS Variables, as Google and Apple part ways in browser development.
Shepherded by Google, the CSS Regions technology that Adobe hopes will improve Web layout has found a home in the WebKit browser engine.