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Jeffrey Zeldman , Dan Cederholm
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1 July 2004
Web standards are the standard technology specifications enforced by the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) to make sure that web designers and browser manufacturers are using the same technology syntax. It is important that these implementations are the same throughout the Web, otherwise it becomes a messy proprietary place, and lacks consistency. These standards also allow content to be more compatible with multiple different viewing devices, such as screen readers for people with vision impairments, cell phones, PDFs, etc. HTML, XML, and CSS are all such technologies. This book is your essential guide to understanding the advantages you can bring to your web pages by implementing web standards and precisely how to apply them. Web standards such as XHTML and CSS are now fairly well-known technologies, and they will likely be familiar to you, the web designer—indeed, they are all around you on the Web. However, within web standards still lies a challenge—while the browser's support for web standards is steadily increasing, many web developers and designers have yet to discover the real benefits of web standards and respect the need to adhere to them. The real art is in truly understanding the benefits and implementing the standards efficiently. As a simple example of its power, you can use CSS to lay out your pages instead of nesting tables—this can make file sizes smaller, allowing pages to load faster, ultimately increasing accessibility for all browsers, devices, and web users.     Use XHTML elements correctly so that your markup is compact and more easily understood.     Use CSS to style different elements of a web page.     Lay out pages easily and effectively.     Compare multiple methods of achieving the same results to make better design choices.     Learn about advanced web design techniques and their important caveats. Web Standards Solutions is broken down into 16 short chapters, each covering the theory and practice of different web standards concept and showing multiple solutions to given problems for easy learning. You'll learn about multi-column layouts, using image replacement techniques to your best advantage, making the best use of tables and lists, and many more.This highly modular approach allows you to rapidly digest, understand, and utilize the essentials of web standards.

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  • Paperback: 252 pages
  • Publisher: FRIENDS OF ED (1 July 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1590593812
  • ISBN-13: 978-1590593813
  • Product Dimensions: 22.9 x 19 x 1.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 560,168 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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38 of 38 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book! 16 Nov 2004
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
So you've figured out Web Standards are a Good Thing(TM), either by reading Zeldman's 'Designing With Web Standards' or because you're naturally smart. Now you need to know how to code with standards, and that's where this book comes in.
I've had the book since it was published, and since then it's not left my desk. It's taken up residence right next to 'More Eric Meyer on CSS', which ought to give you an indication of how good Dan's book is.
Rather than concentrating on a technology and just showing you all it's bells and whistles, this book uses a better approach. It states a common design problem and then presents multiple standards compliant solutions. Dan then takes you through each one of those solutions and shows you the good and bad points of each. You not only learn -how- to code well, you learn -why- it's good code in the first place, and that's important.
Dan's writing style is friendly, clear and does an excellent job of making you understand what's being said, so you feel confident about transferring the books examples into your own website. It's written in a way which should be easy enough for a beginner to understand, but isn't patronising. I would expect most web professionals will learn a lot from this book too (I should know, I'm one of them).
This is a great book and highly recommended.
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 5 star book for Practical Web Standards 23 Feb 2005
Format:Paperback
I bought this book on the strength of the other reviews, and couldn't agree more with the 5 star status it has achieved.
I've been using CSS for a couple of years now, and although I was familiar with many of the techniques contained in this book, there were many moments of 'aaaah!' during the course of my read; litte things that can really make the difference.
If you're reading this review, then it's quite likely that you're interested in implementing web standards in your web sites.
This, when complimented with books from Meyer and Zeldman, should form the core of any serious web developer's library.
No hesitation in giving it five stars.
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39 of 40 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome book! 9 Dec 2004
By JH
Format:Paperback
Only recently I started coding HTML again after a long break (several years, actually) focusing on backend related stuff. I found out that there had been a strong move towards coding by 'web standards'. I learned to code HTML back in 1998-99 and therefore I had to upgrade my skills, which was one of my reasons for picking up this book.
Jeffrey Zeldman's book "Designing with Web Standards" put me on the right track, but I must say that "Web Standards Solutions: The Markup and Style Handbook" pushed even further down the track.
First of all I must say I like this book. I like it a lot! It is truly an impressive book! I was amazed by the speed of which I was able to consume the contents. It gives you a practical insight how to do some common tasks, e.g. a menu, a form etc. All the things that you used to do with tables, spacer gifs etc. are turned upside down. The book is well written, with no-nonsense (although a bit corny here and there) how to do common tasks according to standards. It's exactly to the point and no space is wasted anywhere. It's in no way an academic overview on 'web standards' but a down to earth how-to book.
This book really gives you a different perspective on how to do webdesign. If you have coded a little bit of HTML, with or without knowledge of web standards, this is the book for you. Unlike other books, this one doesn't hit you in the head with the dreadful web-standards-hammer. I cannot recommend this book enough. Excellent work!
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A book that never leaves your desk 30 Mar 2006
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I can't describe how essential this book is to any serious web designer.
This is not a book that you merely learn code from parrot-fashion. What it does is to explain the semantics of web structure and fully explains why you should do things as well as how.
The first read is a true revelation to how you have been building web sites in the past. I use this book every week and have had it now for at least a year I think.
Every so often a book comes out that you just must have in your collection, and without doubt this is one of them - miss this at your peril.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It'll never leave your desk 11 Nov 2004
By TDH
Format:Paperback
It's all too easy to forget, or perhaps ignore, even the simplest of practises in all walks of life. This book acts as a constant reminder to do things - concerning web design, at least - properly.
I read this book from cover to cover before getting my hands dirty with any code. In retrospect I think this was a very productive way to use this book, rather than treating it as a series of tutorials.
By reading non-stop I simply learnt the format of the book, the conepts, the considerations and most importantly, memorised where to find certain pieces of information when I needed them.
I have since designed two sites and I find myself dipping into this book not for code reference, but for a reminder on the best (correct) way to go about certain aspects. For instance, what is the best way to markup a styled list? (chaper 1, by the way) - You probably think you know, or DO know the answer, but it's seemingly obvious things like this than the author gives clarity and instils in the reader the confidence that they have marked up their content using the best possible method.
I find myself dipping in for reminders on various concepts constantly, which due to the neat structure takes seconds. Much quicker than trying to find what you're looking for on the web.
In summary, this book isn't so much a beginning-to-end voyage of discovery of designing with CSS, it's more a tool that reminds you - "oh yeah, silly me, of course!" - of the correct way to go about marking up your webpages and writing your CSS - And although that doesn't sound particularly useful, it is. Very.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Good Solid work.
A good solid book on using CSS and standards when creating HTML pages.
Though I was disappointed that a book at this cost was not in colour. Read more
Published on 22 Dec 2010 by S. Rafiq
4.0 out of 5 stars was good for university course
got this book for my university course.. it shows the information really well and is easy to read!
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Published on 21 April 2010 by Ms. A. B. Boyd
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Published on 13 April 2008 by richardb
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Book!
This is a great book. It's very simple to understand even for the beginner and explains things very clearly with clear examples. Read more
Published on 1 Jan 2008 by Ms. T. Rabie
5.0 out of 5 stars This book will definately NOT gather dust on your shelf!
This is a popular book in our studio providing a sound foundation of best practices for CSS & XHTML web design. Read more
Published on 15 Sep 2007 by Sean Johnson
5.0 out of 5 stars A Breath of Fresh Air
As a supplement to Dan Cederholm's "Web Standards Solutions" book, I have bought and read his companion volume - "Bulletproof Web Design". Read more
Published on 6 Sep 2007 by J. A. Cooke
5.0 out of 5 stars One of his two must-have books
This book, along with Dan's Bulletproof Web Design, was recommended to me as a great start into the world of standards compliant CSS+XHTML web design. Read more
Published on 31 July 2007 by Mr. Conor Oneill
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent book for all web developers
I bought this book based upon the reviews I saw here at Amazon, and can honestly say that they were are accurate. Read more
Published on 15 Nov 2005 by Orangeduck
5.0 out of 5 stars Essential technique at your fingertips
If you search the web diligently you'll find a wealth of great technique and valuable insight into CSS. Read more
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