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There's a real connection between craftsmanship and Web design. That's the theme running throughHandcrafted CSS: More Bulletproof Web Design, by bestselling author Dan Cederholm, with a chapter contributed by renowned Web designer and developer Ethan Marcotte. This book explores CSS3 that works in today's browsers, and you'll be convinced that now's the time to start experimenting with it.

Whether you're a Web designer, project manager, or a graphic designer wanting to learn more about the fluidity that's required when designing for the Web, you'll discover the tools to create the most flexible, reliable, and bulletproof Web designs. And you'll finally be able to persuade your clients to adopt innovative and effective techniques that make everyone's life easier while improving the end user's experience. This book's seven chapters deconstruct various aspects of a case-study Web site for the Tugboat Coffee Company, focusing on aspects that make it bulletproof and demonstrate progressive enrichment techniques over more traditional labor-intensive methods.

Subjects covered in this book include:
  • building for unanticipated future use
  • progressively enriching designs using CSS3 properties
  • using RGBA color for transparency with an alpha channel
  • modular float management
  • crafting flexible frameworks
  • fluid layouts using grid-based design principles
  • craftsmanship details on typography, jQuery, and shifting backgrounds

About the Author

Dan Cederholm is a Web designer, author, husband and father living in Salem, Massachusetts. He's the founder of SimpleBits, a tiny design studio. A recognized expert in the field of standards-based Web design, Dan has worked with Google, MTV, Yahoo, ESPN, Fast Company, Blogger, Odeo, and others. He embraces flexible, adaptable design using Web standards through his design work, writing, and speaking. Dan is the author of two bestselling books: Bulletproof Web Design, Second Edition (New Riders) and Web Standards Solutions (Friends of ED). Dan runs the popular weblog SimpleBits, where he writes articles and commentary on the Web, technology, and life.

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  • File Size: 17910 KB
  • Print Length: 240 pages
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  • Publisher: New Riders; 1 edition (April 9, 2010)
  • Publication Date: April 9, 2010
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003EINO6C
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Dan Cederholm is a Web designer and author living in Massachusetts. He's the founder of SimpleBits, a tiny design studio. A recognized expert in the field of standards-based Web design, Dan has worked with Google, MTV, ESPN, Fast Company, Blogger, Odeo, and others. He embraces flexible, adaptable design using Web standards through his design work, writing, and speaking. Dan is the author of two best-selling books: Bulletproof Web Design (New Riders) and Web Standards Solutions (Friends of ED). Dan also runs the popular weblog SimpleBits, where he writes articles and commentary on the Web, technology, and life. He also plays a mean ukulele and occasionally wears a baseball cap.

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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Nate Klaiber on December 29, 2009
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The new release from Dan Cederholm is a great complement to his previous work in Bulletproof Web Design. For those who haven't read Bulletproof Web Design, it's premise was creating flexible websites and keeping a clear separation of your markup (HTML), styles (CSS), and behavior (JavaScript). It took examples of sites that weren't bulletproof, and showed the process to make them bulletproof. All great things. The landscape of browsers, CSS, and HTML has changed slightly since Dan wrote Bulletproof Web Design, and this book is focused on bringing those aspects to the forefront. This book assumes you have knowledge of developing with web standards, and therefore bypasses the why of adhering to web standards.

The entire book focuses on building a fictional site, the Tugboat Coffee Company. Each chapter builds a new layer into this site, with clear instruction of how each aspect progressively enhances the user experience, while not explicitly leaving other browsers in the dust. Here is a quick breakdown:

Introduction
This chapter is a quick example of why we need to be flexible with our designs and development. Using a list of menu items, Dan walks through how to best organize your markup and CSS. To me, this chapter was about first putting on your thinking cap and planning for how your sections should be organized within a site. Think about how the end user will experience and interact with your site. Even with a simple menu list, he shows how things change when text is re-sized, or simply making your clickable link area larger in a given area. While this chapter had a specific example, and code to work through--I really saw it as something to begin challenging you to think about your architecture.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Kindle Customer on October 6, 2009
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I always love to read how a CSS master works and I found many of Dan's tools and tips extremely useful in furthering my already above average knowledge of CSS.

This is not a "step-by-step how to build a website using CSS" book, this is for folks who already understand CSS well. This book helped me reorganize my mind when it comes to CSS.

I'm a big fan of Dan Cederholm and will always buy his books because I like how he thinks. If I ever bump into Dan at SXSW I will buy him a beer.

The only reason I'm not giving it 5 stars is because I found it a bit short. I'd always like to read more of what he has to say.
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28 of 36 people found the following review helpful By Emile on July 25, 2010
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I'm familiar with most of CSS but was having some cross-browser compatibility issues...wanted to learn more about progressive design. This guy had lots of good reviews so I downloaded his book but unfortunately it's out of date.

He has a nice writing style and he's good at presenting information in a quick digestible way. That being said, his book is discussing the "future" of web development with progressive enhancement in CSS3. In order to cover that subject adequately you need to address IE8, which apparently wasn't developed when this book was written.

Also, his guest commentator refers to SIFr, a script that has been out of development for about 2 years now. He's also making recommendations for transition effects in webkit where the overwhelming consensus is the use of JavaScript frameworks (such as jQuery) for animation.

Another example is he devotes 20 or so pages to CSS float clearing employing a trick that involves ":after." This technique is vastly over complicated in comparison to the industry accepted use of putting "overflow: hidden" in your containing elements.

I'm only 60% of the way through the book, so maybe it will get better. I hate to give it such a negative review, since he seems like a good, amiable guy with a knack for technical writing. I think the fault should fall on the publisher for not putting out a revised updated edition.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By digiboy on March 5, 2011
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Dan knows his stuff. His writing is informative, the FINISHED site template is clean and well-thought out and there are numerous examples of best practices and favorite sites on the web to illustrate his points. Well what could possibly be my problem? The code! The examples in the book are poorly structured to follow along. He jumps from one topic to the next. Would it really have been too difficult to break the code into chapters, maybe providing a start.html file as a launching point for each example? Even a helpful caption or two to go with the illustrations would have been helpful. Perhaps a line number referring to the code? Nope, all you get is the finished home page for the example site. It's up to the reader to figure out what goes where. New chapter, new example, same code.

The book provides just a rudimentary fragment of html as context for each example, this code written on the page looks nothing like the printed sample, it only looks like the finished part of the site. Good for the author, it was easy for him, but now how do I get there? A clue please? Maybe just a hint? How do I make my code look and act as shiny as yours?

I guess (it's never explained) that we're supposed to comment out the finished css and attempt to work along. I started to do this, but as a beginner I messed up a few times not knowing what code referred to what and I finally got exasperated with css that had nothing to do with the chapter that I was working on. I tried. I tried again. I failed. There's got to be a better way to learn than going round and round in tortured circles like this.

I really want to like this book, there's so much content and insight but the code structure makes it infuriatingly tedious.
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