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DOM Scripting: Web Design with JavaScript and the Document Object Model
DOM Scripting: Web Design with JavaScript and the Document Object Model
by Dave Shea
Edition: Paperback
Price: £23.91

5.0 out of 5 stars Probably the best book on JavaScript - Doing it properly!, 22 Feb 2008
Since I started observing web standards and trying to produce websites that were accessible to the widest possible audience I've tried to avoid JavaScript assuming my sites wouldn't be accessibly to those users with screen readers or JavaScript turned off.

Jeremy Keith, from Brighton's web consultancy Clearleft, explains how to write good, clean code that degrades gracefully in this fantastic book. Starting at the beginning with the history and basics of JavaScript, he steers you comfortably through best practices and real world, useful examples. Whatever your technical ability you can soon become proficient with writing your own JavaScript and you'll soon be ready for his next book - Bulletproof Ajax


Don't Make Me Think!: A Common Sense Approach to Web Usability
Don't Make Me Think!: A Common Sense Approach to Web Usability
by Steve Krug
Edition: Paperback
Price: £22.19

9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Essential reading for anyone involved in website production!, 15 Sep 2007
Since reading the first edition some years ago, I always refer to this book during usability presentations and recommend it to not only designers and developers, but also consultants, project managers and even clients. When the second edition was released in 2006 I purchased a few copies for the office and made it essential reading for everyone!

It's a very easy read and doesn't complicate matters with technical jargon, but instead relates to everyday tasks such as likening finding a product on a website to looking for a chainsaw in a hardware store. It examines the way we use the internet, it highlights that people don't use websites the way the designer intended and that we don't `read' websites, we scan them. It covers popular, common-sense solutions to these issues and uses clear, well-illustrated examples. It also talks about simplifying usability testing so you do enough of it, and uses some real-world examples to demonstrate.

It is an essential purchase for anyone involved in website creation and there are three new chapters in the second edition that help justify a new purchase if you already own the first edition.


Bulletproof Web Design: Improving Flexibility and Protecting Against Worst-Case Scenarios with XHTML and CSS
Bulletproof Web Design: Improving Flexibility and Protecting Against Worst-Case Scenarios with XHTML and CSS
by Dan Cederholm
Edition: Paperback

18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
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.


Web Standards Solutions: The Markup and Style Handbook
Web Standards Solutions: The Markup and Style Handbook
by Jeffrey Zeldman
Edition: Paperback

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This book will definately NOT gather dust on your shelf!, 15 Sep 2007
This is a popular book in our studio providing a sound foundation of best practices for CSS & XHTML web design. In a similar way to The CSS Anthology, this book asks a question, such as, "What is the best way to mark up a numbered list of items?" or "How can I use CSS to replace text with an image?" However, this book really becomes it's own, by proceeding to suggest 3 or 4 methods with clear and concise examples, before summarising with the pro's and con's of each method.

It's sectioned into chapters including lists, headings, forms, tables and layouts with the familiar Friends of Ed thumb-indexing for quick and easy access. This is one of those books that you'll keep on your desk for regular reference rather than gather dust on your shelf.


CSS Mastery: Advanced Web Standards Solutions
CSS Mastery: Advanced Web Standards Solutions
by Andy Budd
Edition: Paperback

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic real-world solutions, 15 Sep 2007
I had originally thumbed through this book, subtitled "Advanced Web Standard Solutions" in my local bookstore and shrugged it off as covering pretty much most of what I'd already digested from other popular CSS books. It wasn't until a friend showed me some cool techniques from the book that I properly read though it and regretted not buying it sooner!

Though it's aimed at the intermediate web designer, it is well written and I would certainly recommend this as an essential buy for all web designers. The book begins with Clear:Left's Andy Budd provides most of the content starting with a chapter about well-structured and meaningful mark-up. It's these best practices that will help catapult you into the realms of CSS Master! It then recaps on the box model, positioning and floats, making it easy for a beginner to pick up this book and run with it, before moving into the techniques, with clear and concise examples, including a couple of good chapters on bugs and hacks.

The final two chapters are where Simon Collison & Cameron Moll step in to demonstrate these examples in two real-world showcase websites. This book is absolutely the best book currently on offer for CSS web design.


The CSS Anthology: 101 Essential Tips, Tricks & Hacks: 101 Essential Tips, Tricks and Hacks
The CSS Anthology: 101 Essential Tips, Tricks & Hacks: 101 Essential Tips, Tricks and Hacks
by Rachel Andrew
Edition: Paperback

6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best book for CSS beginners, 15 Sep 2007
This is one of the first CSS books I bought and I still feel it's one of the best for those trying to make the jump from HTML table-layouts to XHTML & CSS layouts. My copy has done the rounds in my office and it's one of the most worn-out, dog-eared books on our shelf which certainly says something about it's popularity and usefulness!

What I like most is the way this book works. It's based around questions, such as "How do I create rollovers in CSS without JavaScript?" or "How do create a fixed-width, centred, two-column layout?" with a solution, clear example images and discussion of the technique. If you're buying your first CSS book then this is an essential purchase.


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