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Designing with Web Standards (Voices That Matter) [Paperback]

Jeffrey Zeldman , Ethan Marcotte
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15 Oct 2009 0321616952 978-0321616951 3
Best-selling author, designer, and web standards evangelist Jeffrey Zeldman has revisited his classic, industry-shaking guidebook. Updated in collaboration with co-author Ethan Marcotte, this third edition covers improvements and challenges in the changing environment of standards-based design.

Written in the same engaging and witty style, making even the most complex information easy to digest, Designing with Web Standards remains your essential guide to creating sites that load faster, reach more users, and cost less to design and maintain.
  • Substantially revised—packed with new ideas
  • How will HTML5, CSS3, and web fonts change your work?
  • Learn new strategies for selling standards
  • Change what “IE6 support” means
“Occasionally (very occasionally) you come across an author who makes you think, ‘This guy is smart! And he makes me feel smarter, because now I finally understand this concept.’” — Steve Krug, author of Don’t Make Me Think and Rocket Surgery Made Easy

“A web designer without a copy of Designing with Web Standards is like a carpenter without a level. With this third edition, Zeldman continues to be the voice of clarity; explaining the complex in plain English for the rest of us.” — Dan Cederholm, author, Bulletproof Web Design and Handcrafted CSS

“Jeffrey Zeldman sits somewhere between ‘guru’ and ‘god’ in this industry—and manages to fold wisdom and wit into a tale about WHAT web standards are, HOW standards-based coding works, and WHY we should care.” — Kelly Goto, author, Web ReDesign 2.0: Workflow that Works

“Some books are meant to be read. Designing with Web Standards is even more: intended to be highlighted, dogeared, bookmarked, shared, passed around, and evangelized, it goes beyond reading to revolution.” — Liz Danzico, Chair, MFA Interaction Design, School of Visual Arts

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  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: New Riders; 3 edition (15 Oct 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0321616952
  • ISBN-13: 978-0321616951
  • Product Dimensions: 23.3 x 17.8 x 1.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 391,993 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Dubbed King of Web Standards by Business Week, Jeffrey Zeldman ( was one of the web’s first designers and bloggers. He publishes A List Apart “for people who make websites;” runs Happy Cog™, a leading web design studio; and co-founded An Event Apart, The Deck, and The Web Standards Project.

Versatile user experience designer/developer Ethan Marcotte served as a steering committee member of The Web Standards Project, and has worked with clients including New York Magazine, Harvard University, and the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C). Books to which he has contributed include Handcrafted CSS, Web Standards Creativity, and Professional CSS. Ethan writes and does technical editing at A List Apart, and is a popular educator and conference speaker. He would like to be an unstoppable robot ninja when he grows up (

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Get to the crux of the matter... 12 Jan 2010
"Designing with web standards" follows very honourable principles and encourages the web design community to embrace standards and follow them, in the hope that we can all use any browser on any platform we like and use any web site perfectly - including anyone with special needs or a disability.

I am all in favour of the principles, but I was disappointed that half of the book is spent explaining how wonderful standards are and how it will make everyone's life easier. I was hoping to seem some clear advice on what to do - and how - and not spend most of my time listening to a very convincing and successful evangelist.

The writing is very good and I do like the style. It will certainly convince a lot of people to follow web standards and give everyone, technical or not, enough ammunition to convince clients or the boardroom to invest time and money in using web standards.

If more emphasis was put on concrete advice on how to reach web design "nirvana" and less pages spent on listing all the advantages, I would give this book the full five star rating. As it is, you have to skim read a large chunk of the book before you get to the juicy details - and hence only three stars.
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5.0 out of 5 stars AMAZING 2 Feb 2011
I am currently learning web design and this is my first book. I have read 83 paqges in one day and love it so far...It is fantastic.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A must have 11 Sep 2010
By Eden
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This is absolutely a must have if you are a web developer. No matter if you are designer or programmer or both, you really need to learn the basics about standards and this book really explains and makes it easy to understand and learn.
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By daihuws
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This is a very influential book in the history of web development, and is something of a classic of the fledgeling genre; Zeldman writes in an enthusiastic, engaging style which makes it a pleasure to read, something that cannot be said of the majority of computer books.

That said, I'm not sure that it is the must-read text that it once was, for two main reasons: (a) we are now lucky enough to live in an era where the current versions of all the major browsers are highly standards compliant, and as such doing anything other than coding websites according to the common standards sounds like a hopelessly quaint idea, and (b) if you take an active interest in web development - if you read blogs, listen to podcasts and follow leading developers on Twitter - you'll probably have assimilated many of the ideas presented here through osmosis.

I've very much enjoyed reading it, but it's mostly served to reinforce beliefs about the right way of building websites that I already had. Probably the person who will gain most from reading this is someone who is coming to web development for the first time, or someone who used to have a GeoCities site in the nineties and wants to bring their skills up to date.
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