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Designing with Web Standards (2nd Edition) 2nd Edition
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"Jeffrey and his web standards coconspirators have made it possible for those old enemies--beauty, usability, and accessibility--to play nice together in any website." -- Louis Rosenfeld, publisher, Rosenfeld Media
"Zeldman explains complex technologies in a way that designers can not only understand, but actually get excited about. If you are serious about web design, you need this book. -- Hillman Curtis, author, MTIV: Process, Inspiration and Practice for the New Media Designer
About the Author
Jeffrey Zeldman is among the best-known Web designers in the world. His personal site has welcomed more than than 16 million visitors and is read daily by thousands in the web design and development industry. In 1998, Zeldman co-founded The Web Standards Project, a grassroots coalition of web designers and developers that helped end the Browser Wars by persuading Microsoft and Netscape to support the same technology in their browsers.
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Top customer reviews
All in all I think this is something that belongs on any web developer's bookshelf, since so many developers don't adhere to the fine ideas contained within.
If you're new to XHTML/CSS, this book should be your second text. The first should be Head First HTML by Freeman and Freeman, for learning how to write web pages followed by Designing with Web Standards, which will take care of teaching the best practices associated with web design.
Fun read, lots of case studies. Good, short and to-the-point illustrations. While it's not structured as a reference, I find myself using this book that way, from time to time. This book is completely language agnostic, and I think it should be on any web developer's bookshelf.
With all the drastic changes happening in the web, be it AJAX, or more semantic coding techniques, it's important to understand how to approach this when building your site. This book covers all that and more.
The first edition is four years old and the second edition does a great job covering all the new techniques and technologies affecting the world of web standards.
Zeldman's approach to learning web standards is fun, quirky, and insightful - not to mention verbose with detail. After all, Jeffrey was (one of many) at the forefront of web standards (back in 1998 - do you remember "Taking Your Talent To The Web?" I do.).
If you are interested in learning one of the web's leaders take on all aspects of web standards, this is the book for you. It's both a book for pros and novices alike.
It was amazing. Zeldman is a master in the field of web standards. If you are eager to embrace the beauty of web standards this book could easily be your ticket. Get it!