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Web Designer's Reference 1st Edition

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  • Paperback: 390 pages
  • Publisher: friendsofED; 1 edition (January 3, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1590594304
  • ISBN-13: 978-1590594308
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 0.9 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,925,491 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Craig Grannell is a British writer, designer and, frankly, a bit of a geek. In his youngling years, he battled with Commodore VIC-20s and space invaders. Now he's beyond such things, but only because he's battling space invaders on his iPad, which is FAR MORE GROWN UP.

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.

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Although this book has XHTML in the title, don't let it scare you off, it simply means that the advice author gives is XHTML standard compliant. On the other hand, if you are looking for a comprehensive XHTML guide, you may want to look elsewhere, even though there is a reference section specifically about this standard, which is an XML reformulation of HTML, in one of the appendixes.

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.

Web design with CSS is in the core of this book, author does excellent job introducing readers to the methodology, and teaches to use deferent aspects: text, images, navigation, layout. The advice is not limited to CSS, on the contrarily, you will see plenty of tips on graphical image preparation for the web, various techniques, JavaScript code, and even some FormMail and PHP suggestions. The later two strictly not belong to the realm of the web design, but this is what makes this book different from many other books, - the out of the box paradigm.

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.
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It seems as if nearly everyone and his brother is writing books supporting standards-compliant web design with XHTML and CSS. I have read and reviewed a half dozen this year alone. People are obviously trying to tell us something - plain HTML has to go!! "Web Designers' Reference: An Integrated Approach to Web Design with XHTML and CSS" by Craig Grannell is the latest of these pronouncements.

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.

For those web designers like me, Mr. Grannell's book is a welcome addition to the literature because it systematically deals with the topics under discussion. In its coverage of XHTML, CSS, Javascript, and complementary coding like php, it provides a nice framework guiding "old dogs" like me into standards-compliant code. Not only does it provide some historical perspectives on these codes, it compares the old with the new in regard to all of the important elements of web design.
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This is honestly a book that I take with me everywhere with design in mind. I have about 5 or 6 CSS/XHTML books and honestly this is still the first one I reach for. The author's a well-edited (no errors), his examples are carbon-copy from his site, and he covers all the basics in this book in English. If you want to finally quit reinventing the wheel and learn how to apply standards that are re-shaping the web, this is the book. Nuff said, thanks Craig.
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Now this is the way a computer book should be written - short, clear, to the point, great examples, real world work arounds, firm opinions on standards and most importantly, real solutions to problems a web designer will face integrating Xhtml and Css. I'm new to the web development world and I want to build a website now, but I want to do it right observing standards that will be in effect for the future. I don't have the time or the energy to wade through a telephone sized tome that spends a 150 pages explaning the beauty of CSS, nor do I have the patience (or the backround) for the so called definitive guides that seem to be talking to the "club". Yes, I've bought them all, and I can safely say that if you are in a similar place as me (you want to build a website now), than buy this book. Thanks Craig! Oh, by the way, your other book on Dreamweaver MX2004 is just as good.
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I was looking for some time for a book that would teach me the rudiments of contemporary web design (with XHTM and CSS), as well as provide examples or cookbooks to let me get to where I wanted; that is, pretty sites with

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.
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