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Bulletproof Web Design: Improving Flexibility and Protecting Against Worst-Case Scenarios with XHTML and CSS [Paperback]

Dan Cederholm
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28 July 2005 0321346939 978-0321346933 1
No matter how visually appealing or packed with content your Web site is, it isn’t succeeding if it’s not reaching the widest possible audience. If you get this guide, you can be assured it will! By deconstructing a series of real-world Web sites, author and Web designer extraordinaire Dan Cederholm outlines 10 strategies for creating standards-based designs that provide flexibility, readability, and user control—key components of every successful Web site. Each chapter starts out with an example of what Dan refers to as an “unbulletproof” concept—an existing site that employs a traditional approach and its associated pitfalls. Dan then deconstructs that approach, noting its downsides and then making the site over using Cascading Style Sheets (CSS). By the end of each chapter, you’ll have replaced traditional, bloated, inaccessible page components with lean markup and CSS. The guide culminates with a chapter that pieces together all of the page components discussed in prior chapters into a single page template.

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  • Paperback: 280 pages
  • Publisher: New Riders; 1 edition (28 July 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0321346939
  • ISBN-13: 978-0321346933
  • Product Dimensions: 1.3 x 18.6 x 22.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 324,635 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Dan Cederholm is an award-winning Web designer as well as the founder of the design and development consulting firm SimpleBits. 

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30 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Something for Everyone 20 Dec 2005
Another fine book from Dan Cederholm. This time around he divvies a typical web page down to its components - text, navigation, boxes and rows and the layout itself and explains and demonstrates the most bulletproof way of implementing them in a standards-compliant way.
In each chapter he'll pluck a real-world example to deconstruct, tell you why it's not bulletproof and offer a rebuild in a very easy to follow manner using XHTML and Cascading Style Sheets. He'll then explain why his solution is bulletproof.
There's something here for everyone, I consider myself pretty knowledgeable on the CSS front but I've said "Ohhhh, that's neat" a few times already (I'm hopping around the book). Which is another point, it's very accessible in that respect - no reading chapters 1 to 4 before tackling the issues presented in chapter 5 (hypothetical use of numbers).
Beginner or expert alike, I think you'll like this book a lot.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book for intermediate web designers 15 Sep 2007
A best practice CSS & XHTML book aimed at the intermediate-advanced web designer. If you're a beginner looking to learn CSS web design I suggest you look at The CSS Anthology or Web Standards Solutions books first, then come back to this book to polish your skills.

The book dives straight into common approaches to everyday techniques. It makes an explanation as to why it may not be the best solution and suggests `a bullet-proof approach' and justifies its reasoning. The book is one of few with colour illustrations which is nice and makes for clearer example images. The book concludes with a chapter demonstrating all the examples in a single website. There are some good techniques in this book and there's bound to be something new even for the seasoned CSS web designer.
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31 of 34 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must for developers, designers, and hobbyists. 23 Aug 2005
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If you design or develop web sites then you really have to read this book. You may, as I did, think that you know a thing or two about putting together a website. Well this book in combination with Mark Pilgrim's dive into accessibility guide, and Dave Shea's CSS Zen Garden, have taught me otherwise.
While other texts explain the why, this explains the how - and it does it very well too. This is a hands-on book that takes a number of websites, points out what is wrong with them, and re-creates them using web standards. That is not to say the book preaches in a condescending tone about standards - it simply points out why the bad way is bad and the good way is good. It then does what so many standards evangelists fail to do and actually give practical guidance on how to improve websites.
Even if your eyes haven't been opened to the negative effects of poorly marked-up and low-accessibility websites you will not regret buying this.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Essential For All Web Designers 30 Aug 2006
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Dan Cederholm's second book is a must-have for all web designers. This is essentially a 'cookbook' that uses a problem and solution approach to solve oft-encountered situations (such as creating navigation tabs). Each chapter begins with a new situation and the 'old school' (tables, spacer-gifs etc) way of doing it before explaining why this is wrong and then constructing a step-by-step bullet-proof solution. Bulletproof basically meaning that the code is more flexible, accessible and easier to maintain. This mainly involves trimming down the XHTML markup to its bare essentials and then adding everything else using CSS.

Dan's writing style is very easy to follow and the presentation of the book sets new standards for this type of book - full colour, glossy paper means that all the code examples are easier to follow and there are some excellent diagrams and screenshots.

Highly recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A jolly good read in my opinion 2 May 2009
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As someone who is new to XHTML/CSS I bought this book (along with "CSS: The Missing Manual" and "The CSS Anthology: 101 Essential Tips, Tricks & Hacks") as I'm soon to convert a static web site into an interactive one using DHTML, Ajax, PHP, MySQL etc. I last did web work with MS Frontpage many years ago.

The "CSS: The Missing Manual" book was delivered first so I started reading that (currently half way through). Then this book arrived today and, as it looked so clear and readable, I read it from front to back this afternoon.

What an excellent book! Dan can certainly write in a clear style and fully explains the point he is trying to make without any distractions. As someone who is late to this world of CSS etc I found it invaluable to see the bugs that are in IE5 and IE6 and how they can be circumvented. (I am aware that I'll need to test our site in many different browsers but I have got the latest versions of them all so would not pick up old browsers and the problems that arise using them.)

He also points out issues re: the structure of HTML elements for users who use readers etc (content before sidebars for example so they get straight to the detail). Our site is aimed at the disabled so I'll certainly bear these issues in mind when re-developing the site.

I bought it from the used & new section and got it for 16.25 + p&p - a bargain in my opinion.

Just one comment. I downloaded the source and immediately tried the chapter 9 example in all my browsers. All worked flawlessly except IE7. Sometimes when you resize the page the sidebar goes to the bottom below the end of the content and above the footer. (At least, after reading this book, I know why IE7 is doing this!) This is corrected by adjusting the width of the browser by a pixel or so. So, for IE7, the hacks aren't bulletproof! I blame Microsoft for writing rubbish software.
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5.0 out of 5 stars EXCELLENT +++++
Both Dan Cederholm and Ethan Marcotte are not just experts, but widely acknowledged as authorities on CSS and website design. Read more
Published 4 months ago by SeanJ
4.0 out of 5 stars I bought the wrong book!
This book must be great for those web designers who want their pages to be presented as designed on all the various web browers available. Read more
Published on 5 Sep 2011 by kenw
5.0 out of 5 stars The clue is in the name (Bullet Proof Web Design)
This is both an easy to read volume on the everyday skills needed to make good your web pages.
While at the same time being informative about the rudiments of constructing... Read more
Published on 1 Sep 2011 by Ed Bernard
5.0 out of 5 stars Cederholm the Hero
Cederholm is the hero of the web? His book for some maybe hard to grasp? But I fount it interesting and let me glued. Read more
Published on 28 Feb 2011 by Jamie Hallam
5.0 out of 5 stars Css, Html une approche interessante
Ce livre vous apporte une très bonne base sur le bon code en Html 4 et css. A lire
Published on 2 Jun 2010 by Vignaux
5.0 out of 5 stars Great intermetiate resource
Dan Cederholm's book is a great read for intermediate web designers and developers. I note the latter as one of the book's main themes, the separation of content and presentation,... Read more
Published on 9 Nov 2009 by doubi
3.0 out of 5 stars Talk about code bloat...pot... kettle... black
While in general this is a good, well written - and intentioned - book, the fact is its contents could have easily be laid out in a book half its size. Read more
Published on 26 July 2009 by J. Mclaughlin
5.0 out of 5 stars Bulletproof Web design
This is a very good book, which addresses accessibility, flexibility and a whole lot more. It has examples which shows a sample site, and a rework of the site (bulletproof... Read more
Published on 29 Jun 2009 by Jackie O
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic book. Highly recommend
This is a superbly written book that i would highly recommend to any developer, even veterans developers. Read more
Published on 16 Dec 2008 by D. Chaplin
5.0 out of 5 stars You need this book
I have to say that I'm suprised at one reviewer saying that it was confusing.Not at any point did I find it confusing. Read more
Published on 20 May 2008 by Milton Fontaine
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