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4.2 out of 5 stars
4.2 out of 5 stars
Designing with Web Standards (Voices That Matter)
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on 21 September 2006
As an amateur website designer, who tries to stick to modern standard-based layout, I'm always keen to pick up tips from the pros. This book certainly helps with this, there are a lot of useful tricks and pointers to websites I might otherwise have missed.

Like other reviewers, I found that the earlier part of the book is overly concerned with the methods of 5 to 10 years ago. People buying the book will probably be sold on CSS-based layout (or at least standards as the method of choice) before they buy. So a much shorter case would suffice. There is an over-emphasis on older browsers as well: Netscape 4.x, IE/Win 4 and IE/Mac 5 get much too much space. Most people are targeting IE 6, Firefox Opera 8 and Safari today.

Overall, there is a lot to learn from this book. Be prepared to skip over the lecturing, though.
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on 18 July 2009
This book presents all the arguments you might need to convince anyone, however sceptical, that following standards is the way to go when building websites. Jeffrey Zeldman obviously knows his stuff and is one of the foremost authorities in the field.

This book also stands out from the bulk of technical books by being funny and personal, without ever compromising the integrity of the text.

Sadly, his examples of browser (mis)behaviour are hopelessly out of date. That was true even when this revised edition came out in 2006, and makes all the once usefull browser speciffic workarounds pretty useless.

An updated version is expected later this year, so you would probably be better off waiting for that.
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on 6 November 2014
Clear persuasive text on the whys and hows of web standards. A must for anyone interested in UX
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on 23 December 2016
Amazing to look back through the book and see what the web was like back then
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on 1 September 2006
After the first 200 pages of negativity, I had to throw the book in the bin!

Zeldman continually patronises the developers of the past working in environments of which the browser providers had no standard (to which still continues to a greater or lesser degree today). The fact that multiple instances of a site were required to cater for the anomolies between browser types and versions is true however CSS would not have saved the day then nor now.

Zeldman is right......you do need standards and from what I was picking up on his thoughts, the standards you create yourself are probably appropriate to the work you are performing. This I agree with Zeldman however blaming the development strategies of the past are not the way forward. I do understand Zeldmans frustrations from the past however blaming each developer for using multiple font tags is not really approprite for the time he refers.

I was looking for technical inspriation to the world of CSS (of which I totally agree is the way forward). Certainly, the first two hundred pages do not offer this. I could not cope reading further......hence the book went in the bin.
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on 27 February 2009
I was very pleased with this book. It came promptly and was in very good condition.
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