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ISBN-13: 978-0321385550 ISBN-10: 0321385551 Edition: 2nd

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: New Riders; 2 edition (July 16, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0321385551
  • ISBN-13: 978-0321385550
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 0.8 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,578,073 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Jeffrey and his web standards coconspirators have made it possible for those old enemies--beauty, usability, and accessibility--to play nice together in any website."  -- Louis Rosenfeld, publisher, Rosenfeld Media

"Zeldman explains complex technologies in a way that designers can not only understand, but actually get excited about.  If you are serious about web design, you need this book.  -- Hillman Curtis, author, MTIV: Process, Inspiration and Practice for the New Media Designer

About the Author

Jeffrey Zeldman is among the best-known Web designers in the world. His personal site has welcomed more than than 16 million visitors and is read daily by thousands in the web design and development industry. In 1998, Zeldman co-founded The Web Standards Project, a grassroots coalition of web designers and developers that helped end the Browser Wars by persuading Microsoft and Netscape to support the same technology in their browsers.

Customer Reviews

Start with this book.
Stephen P. Crozier
Makes a great case for web standards, using XHTML and CSS to reduce bandwidth, support multiple browsers and other web devices, and allow for easy site migration.
P. Kahn
In addition, this book is very easy on the eyes.
Andrew W. Kirkpatrick

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Adam Kahtava on October 25, 2009
Format: Paperback
The title (Designing with Web Standards) of Jeffrey Zeldman's book says it all - this book promoted accessible, usable, search engine friendly web design and development through the use of XHTML and CSS while debunking the myths surrounding web standards. Zeldman is a well recognized name among web developers and designers - he's the the founder of A List Apart, and co-founder of The Web Standards Project (WaSP). His writing is entertaining, witty, easy to read, and insightful - it's very much like the content we're used to reading at A List Apart. It's also fair to mention that this book has been edited by industy experts and influencial writers like Eric Myer. Any developer that works with the web should read this book along with JavaScript: The Good Parts by Douglas Crockford.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Michael McKee TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on October 7, 2006
Format: Paperback
Make no mistake. This is an important book. Zeldman is a leader in the web standards movement and his voice is worth paying attention to. On the plus side, he offers some good talking points for using with bosses and clients on why designing with web standards is a good thing. He also gives reasonable and well thought out examples and case studies of well designed sites.

On the other hand, the complaints about his rambling, preaching and repetition are valid. The book lacks tight focus, trying to be a polemic, a high level overview and a how-to manual.

This is a book that is worth reading or at least skimming. If you are one of the converted and want to feel good about your choices, this will give you warm fuzzies. If you need convincing on the whether or not web standards are worth the effort to implement, this offers a strong and cogent argument for doing so. I'm not sure that is is worth buying as a reference manual. There are more focused how-to books and more complete reference books.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Rudolf Boesiger on December 6, 2006
Format: Paperback
Jeffrey Zeldman is an authority, no question. But why is he writing a 400+ pages book which he could have done in less than 200?
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Stephen P. Crozier on July 28, 2006
Format: Paperback
The book, that is. Although this review is nice too.

By this date there are dozens of books about XHTML and CSS out there. I own two or three myself. Some of them are better *reference* works than this book.

But in a sense this is a generous update of the book that started it all, by the author who clearly did. And while I would guess that Zeldman spends a good share of mental energy tweaking XHTML/CSS layouts like the rest of us, he also thinks about the "why" of all of this more than anyone else I've read.

I don't know about you, but in those dark moments when your top margin just won't render correctly in an old version of Firefox on a Linux box, I like to remember *why* I'm bothering with standards in the first place. Zeldman helps me remember that this is good for me. In fact, not just good for *me*, but good for my clients, good for my web visitors, and heck--even good for the web development industry.

Even when he's talking about the mundane (and let's face it, there's a lot of mundane to talk about here), you can tell that his writing is suffused with a deep passion for elegant markup that not only does the job but lays down a foundation for maintainability and flexibility. Zeldman started writing HTML before most of us could spell it, so he's *been* there, man. If he says, "Do it this way," I think twice before going down a different path.

Start with this book. Read all of it and absorb both the details and the reasons, which Zeldman takes pains to explain. Open up a CSS reference once in a while when you need it. But you'll keep coming back to this book for inspiration and rededication.
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To say Jeffrey Zeldman is a character is an understatement. However, he's earned his right, in a way, to stand in his soapbox and preach about web standards, since he's been pushing them for quite a while now. However, the book suffers from one main problem: it takes over 100 pages to get to the point (designing with web standards). In the first few chapters he goes on for a while about what's wrong with the state of the web, what things are being done violating the standards, etc. to the point that it gets a little old.

Eventually, when Zeldman gets out of the woods (of standards violations) the book turns entertaining and very useful. His humorous style makes an otherwise "dry" topic be exciting and fun to read about. He goes through the exercise of showing how the whole concept works, admitting where the blend of CSS and XHTML markup alone may fall short. He takes a web project from the beginning (the i3Forum site) and walks the reader through the steps required to build it following the framework he proposes. He goes through the ins and outs of making it work for all browsers, including a very nice chapter on typography and demystifies accessibility as something that is not as difficult to shoot for and a goal that all sites would also benefit from accomplishing.

This is not a CSS and XHTML basics book, by any means, as there is an understanding of these technologies assumed by the author, but nevertheless it's a very good reference for web professionals on things to avoid and shoot for to make the sites we work on these sites more standards-compatible.
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