- Paperback: 456 pages
- Publisher: New Riders Press; First Edition edition (May 24, 2003)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0735712018
- ISBN-13: 978-0735712010
- Product Dimensions: 6.9 x 0.7 x 8.9 inches
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- Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars See all reviews (97 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,751,331 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Standards, argues Jeffrey Zeldman in Designing With Web Standards, are our only hope for breaking out of the endless cycle of testing that plagues designers hoping to support all possible clients. In this book, he explains how designers can best use standards--primarily XHTML and CSS, plus ECMAScript and the standard Document Object Model (DOM)--to increase their personal productivity and maximize the availability of their creations. Zeldman's approach is detailed, authoritative, and rich with historical context, as he is quick to explain how features of standards evolved. It's a fantastic education that any design professional will appreciate.
Zeldman is an idealist who devotes some of his book to explaining how much easier life would be if browser developers would just support standards properly (he's done a lot toward this goal in real life, as well). He is also a pragmatist, who recognizes that browsers implement standards differently (or partially, or not at all) and that it is the job of the Web designer to make pages work anyway. Thus, his book includes lots of explicit and tightly focused tips (with code) that have to do with bamboozling non-compliant browsers into behaving as they should, without tripping up more compliant browsers. There's lots of coverage of design and testing tools that can aid in the creation of good-looking, standards-abiding documents. --David Wall
Topics covered: Why Web standards (such as XHTML, CSS, ECMAScript, and DOM) are good for everyone, and why site designers and browser makers should move towards standards compliance.
From the Publisher
If ever there were an author who could make web standards exciting, its Jeffrey Zeldman. His light and humorous writing style make for such an engaging read. Its only after you stop reading that you realize how much youre learning. Whats more, youre not just learning -- youre learning from THE ABSOLUTE BEST web standards guy there is.
Daily, Zeldman practices what he preaches, and in this book, he openly shares all he knows. In no time, youll be saving time and money by creating faster, leaner, more compatible web pages. Not longer after that, you'll find you have more free time, having been spared the endless cycle of coding and re-coding web pages for every possible browser/system scenario. You might even find you have enough free time to join Zeldman on his never-ending quest to convince others that web standards is THE ONLY WAY to go.
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Standards sound dry and boring but Jeff manages to keep the reader motivated with lots of wit and an excellent writing style, complemented by a very good structure of this book. (There are not too many text books out there that can be read from beginning to end without getting bored or wandering off topic.)
This book continues and updates the attempts by Nielsen and McLellan and deserves a spot right next to them in your library. In fact, you should keep it upfront since it's probably the best advice you can get these days.
Printing quality and overall design and craftsmanship are very high.
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Nonetheless, this book is a great tool for designing a scalable, lightweight, accessable, usable site. Big Z explains how to create a liquid design that you can apply to a whole site, then reformat easily. He shows you how to replace 25k of navigation-bar rollover graphics with a few lines of text. You learn to make sites that work in IE, Netscape, Opera, Safari, etc and degrade gracefully into Lynx and screenreaders. All that stuff is in here. A big thrust is on separating content and structure from presentation and design.
In a lot of cases it's a real bacon-saver. It does occaisonally lack in fully-fleshed out code examples, but if used in concert with Eric Meyer's book on CSS, you've got 98% of what you need to make a standards-compliant next-generation website.
First let me say that Zeldman writes in an engaging, humorous style. And thankfully he takes an easygoing approach to the use of standards and accessibility. As he points out, there is a continuum from no standards and no accessibility to rigid adherence to standards and complete accessibility. We are free to place ourselves where appropriate on this continuum. Yet Zeldman makes a compelling case for standards.
A 436 page book cannot be a treatise on everything. Yet Zeldman manages to give enough coverage to enable one to create web sites which use CSS, meet standards, are accessible, and can be viewed in all common browsers.
Throughout the book there are historical materials and references to sources and fuller discussions. Among the topics covered are XHTML, CSS basics, the DTD, the Dom and doc type switching. There is extensive discussion of browser problems and how to overcome them. Especially useful is a rather full discussion of font sizing. And a good chapter on accessibility.
This is a practical book and Zeldman takes you step by step through the process of developing a site from a given design-a site which makes full use of CSS, meets standards and is accessible. Chapter 9 contains a brief introduction to CSS. Chapters 8 and 10 which describe the construction of a the aforementioned web site in detail is worth careful study.
To Zeldman's credit, the page uses one table for basic layout; Zeldman is no purist and supports use of the best tools available considering the present state of browsers.
In an easy to read, easy to follow style, Jeffery Zeldman shows you by example, how you can upgrade your design process, cut costs, and open up your designs to the future without closing them to the past.
The book covers new-thinking markup fundamentals of XHTML and the presentational power of CSS, by walking you first through a hybrid design, where old school meets new school, and then a complete new school design. Transitioning between the two schools of thought, Jeffrey Zeldman explains elements of layout, typography, and accessibility that can quickly help you bring your sites into compliance with the standards that are shaping the web.
Browsers have already reached a level of compliance with web standards that set the stage for a more mature web. Now it's time for designers to do the same. This book will help you get there.