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on July 28, 2000
If in about 5-10 years, someone chose to write a book about the development of web design, this book would rank at or near the top. This is probably the book that truly unleashed the so-called second-generation concept of web design on the world, for better or worse. Do you want to know about how to use tables for layouts, use transparent 1-pixel GIFs as spacers or "shims" to keep everything from getting wobbly, and how to use GIF-text images in conjunction with actual text to make your page look just the way you, the designer, want it to? All those techniques are explained here in great detail, with lots of examples, plus you can look at the companion website for source code.

Of course this second edition came out in 1997 - and now it's 2000, and many of the techniques he explains are outdated. Current-day standards advocates, usability experts and the like deplore the kinds of methods described here. Yet, probably most of the "designed" websites out there that are not using just the latest techniques or the the other extreme - just using plain-looking text layouts - are using at least a few of the techniques detailed here. So if you are new to HTML and web design, and you want to know how to make your pages look like much of what's on the web right now, this book is a must. "HTML Magic", which covers the much of the same material, is also recommended.
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on October 4, 1997
I have read various other reviews of this book that simply rip it on everything because THEY didn't write it. Everyone has their own style, and this book encourages that, but it gives advice that you should be able to understand and take at face value.
Yes, David preaches from time to time, but he is only trying to make his point clearer. I didn't find him "talking down" to people or ripping certain web sites in his book.

This book is very informative for any level of designer--even if you want to find out what NOT to do according to some other web professionals.
Unfortunately, web-sites are being judged more and more on appearance instead of content. No one wants to read text line after text line anymore--we don't have the time. The web is becoming more and more like a television commercial so we better adjust our thinking that way or get left behind. This book aims the reader that way.

Overall, a good book. I would recommend it to anyone (in fact I have bought a copy or two for some of my friends).
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on March 2, 2000
Some of the reviews of this book are just plain stupid. Yes, information exchange is the most important thing, but a site also needs to look good.
If it weren't for people like Siegel (the Author), web pages would still have grey backgrounds, rainbow horizontal rules, bulleted lists, and lots of those ugly animated "email me" gifs.
This book had a huge impact on web development, and while it's now kind of outdated, it's still definately good for the beginner to read. A lot of the information is great for building a base. I've read both editions, and have all my developers read it, too.
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on November 18, 2009
I ordered this book from Spain and expected it to be delivered within 1 to 2 months (that's what they told me), I got it after 14 days, nice!. The book is from a library and in a very good condition, exactly like they said. I'm very satisfied with this purchase.
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on December 12, 1998
This is a superior book, with a depth of knowledge that reflects Mr. Siegel's experiences in both design and on the Web. The book provides rationalization, specific direction, and plentiful examples for anyone who cares about making a well-designed site. Further, it just a plain "good read" for anyone acquainted with the Internet.
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on September 22, 2007
This book is one that gives you inspiration. I liked looking at the web sites before my creative juices start to flow.
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on December 10, 1997
Having read the author's first edition (and loving it), I didn't hesitate to risk $$ on what could have been a minor update. I wasn't disappointed.

David Siegel views web development and design with with an architect's vision. This is a rich exploration of layout tips, structure and navigation planning, human interface considerations, and graphic design guidelines. All the while, he keeps the user experience front and center. It's as if Siegel was showing the reader how to design a building optimized for the comfort and usability of its inhabitants.

Every once in a while, a bit of the old Siegel ego creeps out (e.g. touting the fonts he created). But that's a small annoyance for such an inspirational, easy-reading book.

Yeah, I still had to go back to the sites I manage and crunch out updates, with little time to tune everything to perfection. But the principles learned will surely manifest in my work over time, leading to a higher level of quality and customer satisfaction.

Highly recommended!
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