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on 7 July 2006
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Much of the other content is out of date.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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on 17 June 2005
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Much is out of date and amounts to a history lesson, and whilst amusing to begin with becomes irritating as the book fails to deliver.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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