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Myspace Template Object Model
From typography, I'm moving on to the even gnarlier issue of myspace layout. My goal is to produce a detailed (perhaps definitive) document on the myspace layout -- a map of sorts. I call it the Myspace Template Object Model as a reference to the Document Object Model.

I started out with a quick and dirty Background Emission Topography scan. The results are currently on display on the moshi profile. (I'll add a screenshot when I have time.)

The BET-scan gives some insight into myspace layout. But to really master it, I found it necessary to actually scrutinize the html code itself. I'll post the full results of my analysis later when I have had a chance to double check. I can say for the time being: Wow. Talk about being patched together out of chewing gum and string!

Here is a preliminary schematic based on a detailed reading of the mark-up for the moshi profile. More on this later:

<!DOCTYPE HTML PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.01 Transitional//EN">

<html>
<head>
<title>Myspace Template Object Model</title>

<style type="text/css">

/* BASIC LAYOUT */
body { background:black; }
table { background:#ccc; }
table td { background:#666; font-size:12px; }
table table { background:#fee; }
table table td { background:#efe; padding:4px; color:blue; font-weight:bold; border:1px solid #00f; }
table table td.text { background:#eef; }
table table table { background:#999; margin:4px 0; }
table table table td { background:#fff; padding:4px; color:red; font-weight:bold; border:1px solid #f00; }

/* ADDITIONAL STYLING */
body { font-family:arial,sans-serif; }
table, td { border:0px solid #333; text-align:center; border-collapse:collapse; }
</style>

</head>



<body>

<!-- MASTHEAD STACK -->
<div align="center">
<table width="800" align="center"><tr><td>table 1: above ad navbar</td></tr></table>
<table width="800" align="center"><tr><td>table 2: ad</td></tr></table>
</div>

<div align="center">
<table width="800"><tr><td>table 3: below ad navbar</td></tr></table>
</div>
<!-- end MASTHEAD STACK -->



<!-- TABLE 4 : PROFILE STACK -->
<table width="800" align="center"><tr><td width="780" align="center">
table 4 : profile stack
<table><tr>

<!-- PROFILE CORE LEFT (table table td) -->

<!-- Filler Col -->
<td width="20">(15px)</td>

<td width="275" height="33" align="center" valign="top">
table table td : profile left (width="275")

<!-- TABLE^3 4lA-D -->
<table><tr><td>name box (4lA)</td></tr></table>
<table><tr><td>.contactTable (4lB)</td></tr></table>
<table><tr><td>myspace url (4lC)</td></tr></table>
<embed>mp3 player</embed>
<table><tr><td>detail box (4lD)</td></tr></table>
<table><tr><td>school box (4lE)</td></tr></table>
</td>

<!-- Filler Col -->
<td>(20px)</td>

<!-- PROFILE CORE RIGHT (table table td .text) -->
<td class="text" valign="top" align="center" width="435">
table table td.text : profile right (width="435")
<!-- TABLE^3 4rA-D -->
<table><tr><td>network box (4rA)</td></tr></table>
<table><tr><td>blog box (4rB)</td></tr></table>
<table><tr><td>blurb box (4rC)</td></tr></table>
<table><tr><td>friend space (4rD)</td></tr></table>
<table><tr><td>comment box (4rE)</td></tr></table>
</td>

</tr></table></td></tr></table>
<!-- end TABLE PROFILE STACK -->



<!-- FOOTER STACK -->
<table width="100%"><tr><td>table 5: page footer</td></tr></table>
<!-- end FOOTER STACK -->

</body>
</html>


Here is a screenshot (they may some additional incidental styling for visibility -- click for larger view):

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