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4.0 out of 5 stars Designing with Web Standards - Great book
I wasn't quite expecting this book to be so big, after checking out Jeffrey Zeldman's homepage (zeldman.com) and reading the other reviews on this title from Amazon I had the impression it would be an plane-English drop-in-reference style book, but it isn't; its more like a school text book, which, depending on how you look at it can be good or a bad thing.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Out of date and mainly rhetoric
It's ironic that a book that is so much about future proofing spends so much time talking about version 4.0 browsers, making much of the book fairly obselete.

Much of the other content is out of date. It reccomends the box model hack, when conditional comments could be used. Fahner image replacement is also detailed, when newer methods eliminate the need for a...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Absolute Standards, 24 Feb. 2004
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As one of the wisest web designers around, Zeldman is a pure genius. His light writing style and passion for the subject area draws you into the exciting world of web standards.
If you’re a professional web designer or a web enthusiast, then this book is for you.
After reading this book I guarantee you’ll have deep knowledge of web standards and accessibility.
With the tips and tricks shown to you in this book, you’ll be writing your own web standards compliant sites in no time.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent introduction to web standards, 30 Dec. 2003
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Zeldman has hit the nail on the head perfectly with this book. The fact that he can incorperate some humour into the book that developers find funny just shows his experience in the field. I found that I'd read it cover to cover very quickly and was preaching much of what I'd read to other developers without even realising it.
Web standards are the future, and should be the present, if you need an introduction for beginners through advanced users then this is the book for you.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Out of date and mainly rhetoric, 7 July 2006
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It's ironic that a book that is so much about future proofing spends so much time talking about version 4.0 browsers, making much of the book fairly obselete.

Much of the other content is out of date. It reccomends the box model hack, when conditional comments could be used. Fahner image replacement is also detailed, when newer methods eliminate the need for a non-semantic span element.

It is also vague. For example many of the reasons cited to use XHTML are not really convincing. "New browsers love XHTML ... and accord it special treatment" is too vague. To say that using an XHTML 1.0 strict doctype because it switches all browsers to standards/almost standards mode and therefore your site is more likely to work in all browsers would be better.

In short it attempts to fight old beliefs with new beliefs, rather than knowledge
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2.0 out of 5 stars Annoying, 17 Jun. 2005
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It wasn't till page 147 that something useful emerged.
The first 146 pages spend most of the time trying to persuade you to use Web Standards and CSS rather than explain how.
I'm up to page 197 now and still haven't got to the much cross referenced parts about actually how to put a site together. But well come to that the next few chapters...!!
Much is out of date and amounts to a history lesson, and whilst amusing to begin with becomes irritating as the book fails to deliver. On the plus side I expect the content is accurate and reliable, but the constant cross-refs to other chapters mostly using 'humourous' titling mean that its difficult to look up anything. If you are familiar with CSS but not yet used to govern the design this book probably isn't for you. As a reference on historical browser compatibility / standards, then OK.
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