Web Standards Solutions: The Markup and Style Handbook, Special Edition 2nd ed. Edition
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- Item Weight : 1.24 pounds
- Paperback : 324 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1430219203
- ISBN-13 : 978-1430219200
- Product Dimensions : 7.5 x 0.67 x 9 inches
- Publisher : Apress; 2nd ed. Edition (May 5, 2009)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #3,509,378 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Web Standards are a bit iffy as standards to one person can be different to another. In addition, with the different browsers and their incompatibilities its a tough subject to handle. This book does a great job at showing you good practices for you to write cleaner code and explaining the reasoning behind it.
The examples shown are core to every website from clean lists used for navigation to techniques on text replacement. Also explanations of when and what to use tables for as well as avoiding the over excess usage of just throwing in "<divs>" all over the place.
Much of the skills and techniques can be found on the web but to have all in one book makes it a ease for reference and to go back to. In addition, the explanations are clear and easy to follow. If you have a bit of knowledge of HTML and CSS already, this will be a good book to further advance those skills in a proper, best practices way.
Despite the simplicity of the many examples in this book, it is probably not appropriate for beginners. Those who will benefit most from it are people who have been using HTML tables and spacer gifs for markup, failing to separate semantic structure and presentation, still use deprecated inline tag attributes to affect visual design, and (dare I say) those whose knowledge of website design is limited to using a WYSIWYG editor. Cederholm demonstrates how many basic tasks can be better handled by using valid HTML for content structure and CSS for presentation. In the process, he manages to address ancillary topics such as code size, cross browser compatibility issues and accessibility. The latter topic has rapidly become important for web authors due to the proliferation of mobile devices with small screens and limited display capabilities (e.g., smart phones, ebook readers, etc.).
I think the author stated his intentions very well in his "Parting Words" at the end of the book. He hopes that the reader has "...gained a new perspective on how building sites with web standards can be beneficial." I disagree with an earlier reviewer who claimed the book is "outdated." I only wish that were true. In fact, with the death of the XHTML track and the "regressive" aspects of HTML5 as far as strict standards are concerned, this book may have gained new life.
I deducted one star because of the lack of errata on the publisher's site and several inconsistencies between some of the code snippets and the illustrations of how they would render.
I do recommend this book for someone just starting out on CSS and/or HTML. One can learn about the language, but one needs to learn how to implement them properly, by using web standards. This book nicely addresses this.
Top reviews from other countries
Though I was disappointed that a book at this cost was not in colour. It makes it look a bit second hand.