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ISBN-13: 978-0596515096 ISBN-10: 059651509X Edition: 1st

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  • Paperback: 656 pages
  • Publisher: O'Reilly Media; 1 edition (May 11, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 059651509X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0596515096
  • Product Dimensions: 1.6 x 7 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
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Book Description

Catching the user's eyes - and keeping them on your site

About the Author

Shelley Powers has been writing about technical topics--from the first release of Java to the latest graphics tools--for more than 12 years. Her recent books, all published with O'Reilly, have covered the semantic web, Ajax, JavaScript, Unix, and now the world of web graphics. She's an avid amateur photographer and web graphics aficionado who enjoys applying her latest experiments on her many web sites.


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Plain. Writer.

Shelley Powers has been working with, and writing about, web technologies--from the first release of JavaScript to the latest graphics and design tools--for more than 15 years. Her recent O'Reilly books have covered JavaScript, Node, and HTML5.

Shelley is now transitioning to other topic areas, including sustainable agriculture, food safety, environmentalism, animal welfare, and combating corporate front groups. Upcoming books will touch on the 100 year old battle over raw milk, and the ten year court case between Feld Entertainment (Ringling Brothers Circus) and the animal welfare community.

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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By G. Barber on September 7, 2008
Format: Paperback
Painting the Web by Shelly Powers is not the type of book I would normally pick up. Having 14 years web design experience means that you tend to have absorbed something in the way of use of graphics on the web, from raster images, to Scalar Vector Graphics (SVG), which is what this book is all about.

Looking at this book from its title alone, I first thought, Painting the Web was a book on SVG. But I was wrong, well partly wrong.

Shelly, takes you through what makes up the graphics on the web now and into the future in a chatty friendly manner, however this book can be a touch dry when it comes to technical explanations.

Raster to Start, Plus a little SVG

It moves through image and colour theory onto a review of professional to budget applications both desktop and online. The book presents a no nonsense explanation of the software. It also supplies a few how to recipes on the building of raster graphics for the web.

A good third of the book is dedicated to the use of vector graphics on the web. Dealing with X3D, VRML (now that brings back memories), VML, SVG (noting it's restrictive browser implementation). I was expecting maybe a little discussion on desktop vector applications, but instead there is comprehensive introduction on SVG. It's not just a few pages folks, this goes from the simple to complex examples. There is also a good overview of the SVG tools and editors in the marketplace to round it off.

Web Design Basics

There is a small section looking at CSS. Now this is not meant to be a primer, it assumes you know your CSS, and I'll assume you do. The book looks at the more advanced elements of CSS 2, not bad if you're not using all the browser compliant elements already.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Dan McKinnon VINE VOICE on August 27, 2008
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'Painting the Web' by many-time author Ms. Powers is a look at graphical design and layout of said data on the web. Focus is on how things should/can/will look on the internet, specific graphics tools and approaches and a detailed look at the SVG file format. SVG is a standard image format for displaying vector-based images instead of point based output like JPEGs and GIFs. SVG is an XML-type format that can be read in and edited in any text editor. The book is full color which I always appreciate and it written by a seasoned pro.

This is a nice companion book for any and all that do graphics programming on the web and is easy to recommend. Jam packed with 600+ pages of content this is a massive text that probably could have been reduced in size but what is there is a positive effort for sure.

**** RECOMMENDED
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Jay P. Vansanten on June 2, 2008
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In spite of the huge number of graphics on the Web, the practice is surprisingly underserved in terms of the literature. Of course, there are design books, books on software, but these focus on best use of a product. The nuances and requirements for the Web are harder to find.

This book is a practitioner's book. And, it's a quite personal work. Written in a conversational style, it's easy to read. The author covers a wide range of tools which she uses on a regular basis. That includes a variety of less-familiar open source tools.

There is a great deal of HTML, CSS and JS code related specifically to graphic representation. It's really convenient to have this foundation in one place.

At first glance, one might be surprised at the detail given to techniques of Photoshop and other tools. But again, as a practitioner's book, it reflects the techniques useful for specifically Web design. It's handy to have these in one place for reference.

Because it is a rather personal work, there will be emphases that one might change. There is a significant amount of space spent on SVG -- which, although a standard, I think is problematic because of the lack of inherent support in IE and Adobe's discontinuation of the plug-in. In any case, weighing in at 638 pages, there's a lot of good information, regardless of one's personal opinion.

The focus is on traditional and standards-based HTML programming. The author does broach the canvas object -- a part of the HTML 5 standard which provides another route to animation on the desktop. However, IE8, at the time of the book's writing, didn't support this object. There is no coverage of Flash, and Silverlight is mentioned simply to identify another non-standard MS approach.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Aspi Havewala on December 11, 2008
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Shelly Powers' book is a bit scatter shot in that its more like a cookbook rather than an integrated tutorial. But its packed with tremendous little tips and tricks that every graphic or web designer will relish.

I was able to make lots of incremental improvements to my design techniques using the book. The topics covered have a theme to them (the visual aspect of web design) and they are very practical - these are things you can start using today.

Highly recommended to fine tune your craft.
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1 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Raymond Brigleb on October 23, 2008
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Considering the size of this book, I thought for sure I would find it much more helpful than I have.

The topics range far and wide, but much of the content is on obscure things like SVG that never really caught on, things like that. Other parts cover stuff that anyone who does any amount of web design has learned many years ago.

I don't really think this is ideal for any audience of book buyer. It certainly wasn't right for me.
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