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Web Designer's Reference 1st Edition
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More About the Author
Along with writing for more British, American and (oddly) German design, technology and gaming mags than you can shake a stick at, Craig was at some point convinced to write books. He still thinks this could have been some amusing jape that no-one's let him in on, but he's nonetheless proud of his web design and iPad tomes, and they've sold quite nicely, so he must be doing something right.
In 2010, he won the prestigious Totally Made Up Because I Haven't Won Any Awards award, and he'd therefore be grateful for some proper awards, which can be sent by post to the usual address. In a brown paper bag.
Top Customer Reviews
Another acronym in the title - CSS - cascading style sheets is the preferred mechanism for implementation of design on the web. CSS is growing in popularity as it allows separation of content and presentation on great scale at the same time matching very well to the wide array of http serving technologies from simplest static web pages to dynamic ASP.NET, PHP, and other forms of web sites.
This book was written by an actual artist who is not afraid to let his opinion known on many subjects discussed. You don't have to agree with author on everything, but when you are looking for advise it will be right there in your face, you won't have to dig for it or second-guess it.
This is an excellent well-structured book filled with useful examples. I highly recommend it.
The reasons are clear and compelling. The World Wide Web Consortium which promulgates web design standards has decreed HTML as obsolete. Newer, more compliant browsers, will in time not support the older tags and code; the new standards facilitate much better use by the disabled of screen readers and non-graphic browsers. Not least, the newer code makes writing and revising code easier and more efficient, as well as more capable.
These are certainly good reasons for web designers to move to the new code. Nevertheless, surveys show that most web pages are not compliant and that thousands of designers continue to use deprecated code. I confess that I am one of them. After a number of years learning and getting used to HTML, the need to learn new and more code is onerous. The inertia of habit is a factor I'm sure.
a separation between the layout and the content (MySQL, etc).
After going crazy looking at piles of books, I finally got a look inside this one. Perfect! You get the basics, and the issues (browser bugs, etc), recommendations on design choices, and some very attractive examples (which are lacking in many of the beginner books I've seen). There's even a great table example.
I'd expect that after using this books for a while I may jump up to the advanced books, like Zen or Meyer's books, but this is a really nice place to start.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
HR Compensation Director and HRIS staff using this book as a resource. They state it has been a useful addition to them.Published on February 22, 2013 by Bonnie Clair
I have purchased a lot of books that deal with CSS and web design in general, however, I have never purchased one that is so detailed, yet easy to understand as this one. Read morePublished on May 6, 2009 by R. Wildey
This is a really great reference book on CSS and Web design in general. I read through the book twice so that I could really understand the material. Read morePublished on December 25, 2007 by Anonymous
A really average book. Most of the things inside it can easily be picked up on an on line tutorial. Targeted to the novice user, who is unfamiliar with CSS. Read morePublished on January 22, 2007 by Georgios Karakatsanis
This books, in my opinion, is definitely not for the newcomer. If you've never done web design, this book is going to be overwhelming for you. It touches on a lot of topics. Read morePublished on June 19, 2006 by Absense of Form
Reference book, not really. It has a short reference for most used items in the back, but the book is more for putting things together. Read morePublished on January 4, 2006 by K. Gray
This is a very well thought out book. The chapters and examples start very basic and build and build into some fairly impressive pieces. Read morePublished on August 7, 2005 by Amazon Customer
I don't usually write reviews, but I liked this book so well, that I wanted to share my enthusiasm. This book, while short and to the point, is packed with good information and... Read morePublished on March 20, 2005 by Amazon Customer