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Flexible Web Design: Creating Liquid and Elastic Layouts with CSS Paperback – Dec 4 2008


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"Another excellent resource comes to us courtesy of Zoe Mickley Gillenwater <http://zomigi.com/> . She’s written a book called Flexible Web Designs <http://flexiblewebbook.com/> . Buy it now. You won’t regret it. I thought I knew my stuff when it came to wrangling CSS but this book had techniques that were new to me. ..."  -- Jeremy Keith

"If you want to know more about creating liquid and elastic layouts, you should read Flexible Web Design by Zoe Mickley Gillenwater. I heard about the book on Twitter (via Malarkey) and I bought it almost straight away. I started reading it recently and my first impressions are that this is the best book I have bought in some time. The book describes flexible layout types in some detail and explains how to achieve these with CSS. It really is a worthwhile read if you are new to flexible layouts…. or even if you are a regular ‘flexible web designer’." -- Clive Walker

"The biggest two flaws that this book has is that it wasn't published many years ago and not all web designers have a copy of it. There isn't much that can be done about the first of these and the situation regarding the second will resolve itself gradually as more web designers find out about the book and buy a copy. This book goes into great detail on a number of important techniques for styling web pages with CSS that will be useful to anyone creating web pages. The step by step approach not only shows you how to solve the specific layouts that the book covers but also show very clearly the approach to take to resolve the layout of any web page with CSS." -- Stephen Chapman

About the Author

Zoe Mickley Gillenwater is an experienced web designer, project manager and technical author, active in the web standards community. She uses her expert knowledge of CSS, XHTML, Dreamweaver, accessibility, and visual design in all aspects of her career. Zoe leads the design and development efforts of dozens of information-rich web sites and applications. Her work has focused on creating web sites that combine beautiful aesthetics with standards compliance, usability, and accessibility best practices.

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Relevant to current best practices Jan. 3 2009
By Robin Button - Published on Amazon.com
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I just purchased the book, and find it to be a valuable resource for the baffling topic of liquid layouts. It "set me straight" on some basic concepts and I particularly liked the way Zoe explained the pros and cons of the various layout choices. For this reason, I will refer to it before beginning a new project to help me me make some design decisions. Also, she provides some examples for dealing with some of the issues that must be considered when working with liquid layouts(such as strategies to use for graphic comps). I also think it's a good blend of theory and actual exercises ... I have found that some books have too much of one or the other. For anyone ready to move beyond the fixed-width layout, I highly recommend it. I was very happy to see a very comprehensive book that dealt specifically with liquid layouts, written by someone who is an expert in this particular area. However it's not for the fledgling web designer (and the author clearly states this in her introduction).
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
A must reference source for CSS layouts March 15 2009
By James W. Gray Jr. - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I've been struggling with css and getting it to behave. I went to the bookstore and must have poured through about 15 or so css related books. I was looking for a step by step guide through the process and instantly grabed this book up as the one to beat. I walked away with 3 books to the register. This book was first on my list to read. Flexible Web Design has helped me get over the learning curve answered a lot of my biggest questions and cured most of my css hangups the first evening I cracked the book. You explain it very well like a friend sitting down with you. You don't take anything for granted, your very meticulous yet the explanations flows easy and comfortably at the same time, How did you do that? I highly recommend this to designers going from table layouts to css and need a comprehensive crash coarse that will get you up and going quickly with lots of tips, strategies and design considerations.

Thank you so much for getting this out there.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Brilliant book and author! July 7 2009
By S - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This is a fantastic book (very well written too) for those wanting to know how to properly create layouts that really work and accommodate for your target users. If you are serious about your interface layout, then this book is very well suited and is a must read. The author clearly discusses the proper usage/application of the various layout techniques like fixed, liquid and elastic. It's great to also know that accessibility is not forgot and taken into consideration wherever relevant. A great author who knows how to teach, guide and develop clean and clear layouts.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Should Be Required Reading Feb. 22 2010
By Zachary Williams - Published on Amazon.com
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After having read multiple articles from Smashing Magazine, A List Apart, and other blogs that have articles on both liquid and elastic layouts, I was really blown away with how much information was in this book. It definitely pays tribute to how much time Gillenwater must have invested in writing 'Flexible Web Design.' It's a truly excellent CSS book, and I'd recommend it to anyone who tries to use CSS Frameworks for laying out web pages instead of hand-coding. Out of all the CSS books I've read, this one was by far the most informative.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Flexible Web Design is a winner Jan. 18 2011
By Alexander Kine - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Praise Zoe Mickley Gillenwater for authoring a superb book. For website owners who want their sites to expand to fill the browser window (viewport), she offers liquid and hybrid layouts. For those who want their websites to expand to match the browser's text size, she offers elastic layout. For everyone, she shows how to minimize the occurrence of the dreaded horizontal scroll bar. Her examples and exercises are intuitive; they follow a natural progression in complexity and utility. Finally, she demonstrates how to achieve these results without compromising on search engine optimization (i.e., by maintaining ideal source order).

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5 stars: Overall
5 stars: Benefits and outcomes
5 stars: New information, especially elastic layout, blending background images and faux columns
3 stars: Paradox of Choice: Segregating the layout choices into their own sections would have helped this reader. I quickly gravitated toward an elastic layout using all floats in ideal source order. I would have preferred less discussion of liquid layouts, negative margins and compromised source order.
5 stars: Credibility. The author's website - [...] - implements a flexible, hybrid layout as she describes in the book.


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