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Art and Science of Web Design, The
Art and Science of Web Design, The
by Jeffrey Veen
Edition: Paperback
30 used & new from CDN$ 0.09

3.0 out of 5 stars Good, but not good enough., May 27 2001
To be fair, Veen's target audience seem to be neophytes of Web design.
I found the historical information intriguing, such as the birth of the Web and the browser makers' role in the chaotic evolution of HTML. I even found the chapter on CSS and Web page "behaviors" useful.
But I found the author's attitude towards some of his own material vexing. After spending a full chapter discussing the importance of "interface consistency" and how this helps users navigate the Web, Veen contradict's himself by saying on p. 71: "Is [the site] usable? Is it consistent with users' external contexts for site-wide navigation? Who cares?"
Additionally, there are a lot of grammatical errors and typos.

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