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Get to the crux of the matter...
on 12 January 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.