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The reference to the "holy grail" isn't because of the layout being the best possible design, but because this was a very popular layout that was very difficult to implement using CSS only techniques. As Wikipedia puts it: It is commonly desired and implemented, but for many years, the various ways in which it could be implemented with the current ...


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I wouldn't bet by a 'Holy grail' of design. Design will always have tips and best practices but every year, every case, every user, evolves with the time and with their needs. It's important to stay updated and have different references :)


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It could be because, back in 2001 when Rob Chandanais of BlueRobot came up with the pure CSS version of this layout, our monitors were much smaller and resolution wasn't as high. Websites had an infinite amount of vertical space, unless you wanted horizontal scrolling. Therefore you could have a lot more navigational items in the menu. Also, it was arguably ...


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I agree with you that your suggested tab order is better than the default. Best way forward is to test what way the matrix makes more sense to people. I for one and the person next to me where a bit confused by the current layout and would prefer to swap the axis, which would also solve your tab problem. Additionaly I would remove half the lines so you ...


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