on November 19, 2008
One good book, straight to the point and yet easy to understand. The author certainly exhibits some strong pedagogical skills and he does a fantastic job at integrating various technologies under one roof. Each of the ten chapters and six appendices focus on one aspect and is illustrated by lots of practical examples that could be reused almost as is in your own projects. The author's decision to avoid any reference to web design applications is a smart one. Not only does it allow him to focus on the very foundations of Web design but also to be relevant to a wider audience, both in terms of platform and level. With lots of tips, plenty of warnings, and an emphasis on standards and industry best practices, this book is like having a private web design instructor. Highly recommended.
on February 20, 2008
There are lots of books on XHTML and CSS. They'll usually have a HTML section and then a CSS section. The segregation often means that if you work through one of those books, you have to unlearn things from the HTML section once you learn how to do things properly in the CSS section.
Not so with this book. It's about learning HTML & CSS together at once. In the first chapter you'll already be doing exercises with both HTML and CSS files. A great way to learn standards compliant best practices related to web design without the needless separation of HTML and CSS into separate sections.