The book is focused towards people who already understand the underlying principals of web development, so it won't be much use to your aunt who is trying learn how to build that knitting website, or your typical Dreamweaver user. It also won't be the quick reference for developers who need a quick reminder of the detail that is eluding them, and forgot how to use Google.
The first section touches on the roots of standards in web development. This section has the most meat on it and, out of the three hundred ninety pages of the book, it envelopes almost half of them. The section nicely points out the proverbial stone tablets where the standards are written, and includes a great argument as to why anyone should even care about the standards we are learning. If you are just going to buy this book to add it to your impressive library, at least read this section of the book.
The first section also dives into some basic CSS, as well as HTML syntax and techniques that are great refreshers. The chapter on web accessibility is very well detailed and has great explanations as to why it is important to keep accessibility in mind when developing.
Section two drives home the final portions of section one by showing some use cases of cross browsers CSS layouts. And section three is focused on newer technologies like CSS3, embedding media and @font-face.
One of my main irritants is that this book suggests that if there are any questions about the content, one should go to their website to get involved in "the community" of web standards. With that statement I was expecting a forum or something where the book could be discussed. Instead, there are the links he used to reference in his book.
Also I was hoping to see some sort of errata for the flaws that made it into the book. There are a few irregularities that are very basic and should have been corrected before the book went into print. I get that mistakes happen, but once you see those flaws, it makes it difficult to take the book as a solid reference.
A Webuquerque community member review by Markie Casias