Designing With Web Standards (Voices That Matter) (英語) ペーパーバック – 2003/5/14
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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.
"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
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.