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  • Paperback: 830 pages
  • Publisher: O'Reilly Media; 3 edition (March 3 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0596009879
  • ISBN-13: 978-0596009878
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 4.3 x 22.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 998 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars 3 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #628,330 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author

Jennifer Niederst Robbins was one of the first designers for the Web. As the designer of O'Reilly's Global Network Navigator (GNN), the first commercial web site, she has been designing for the Web since 1993. Since then, she has worked as the creative director of Songline Studios (a former subsidiary of O'Reilly) and as a freelance designer and consultant since 1996. She is the author of the bestselling "Web Design in a Nutshell" and "Learning Web Design (O'Reilly), and she has taught web design at the Massachusetts College of Art in Boston and Johnson and Wales University in Providence. She has spoken at major design and Internet events including SXSW Interactive, Seybold Seminars, the GRAFILL conference (Geilo, Norway), and one of the first W3C International Expos. In addition to designing, Jennifer enjoys cooking, travel, indie-rock, and making stuff. She maintains her own professional web site at http://www.littlechair.com as well.

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I highly recommended this book. Read one chapter a day and I guarantee that you will come out of it with a much deeper understanding of the basic building blocks of web design, such as headers, graphic formats, tables, forms, as well as css.

Highly recommended for total beginners that aren't afraid too learn the more technical aspects of web design... this book pulls no punches, but it certainly isn't a "how to" or "project oriented" type of book. But nothing beats having it on hand when you are hunkering down to write a custom contact form for a client and you need to look up the correct tag to use to create a dropdown menu list, or adjust which items are preselected.

Do not get this book if you are a total newbie and just want a book to hold your hand through creating your first web site. This is not that type of book.
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This is a good all around reference (not a "how to") book on web design. The does a good job is covering a broad topic. The book is structured as follows: (i) Web Environment Basics, (ii) Structural Layer (XML and XHTML), (iii) Presentation Layer (CSS), (iv) Behavioral Layer (JavaScript & DOM), (v) Web Graphics, and (vi) Media. Several chapters are devoted to each of these sections. The chapters are clearly written, thorough, yet concise. References are given throughout the book (it would also have been nice to have them collected in an appendix at the back of the book). Throughout the book the author gives a bit of history behind the various web design tools. I found this to be be quite informative by "filling in some of the blanks". My recommendation is, that if you are going to get into web design, this book will be a valuable resource. It won't teach you web design, but it will be a good reference to have to augment the areas not covered in "how to" books. I think that it is well worth the price.
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By Tami Brady HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on Oct. 7 2007
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Web Design in a Nutshell is not merely an updated edition of the previous book (2001) of the same title. Extremely quick substantial changes in the web design systems over these past few years simply wouldn't allow for such an update. Instead, the author has composed this book from the ground up to address the issues and concerns of web designers in 2006. This reference covers all the basics of web design how tos from basics like choosing text elements and creating links through more challenging topics such as optimization of graphics and using flash on web pages. However, the portion of the book that I found most useful was the sections on designing sites for a variety of different browsers and increasing accessibility on your website. Together, these aspects create an easy to understand guide for those individuals wanting an introduction to web design or as very solid reference material for current web designers.
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5.0 out of 5 stars If you are a web designer, this is the book for you Oct. 19 2006
By Linker S. Mills - Published on Amazon.com
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This review refers to the third edition.

This isn't an update to the second edition, it is a rewrite. I read the second edition before I read this one, and the 3rd edition is light years ahead. Completely new chapters on CSS and updated references to browsers as new as IE7.

What I like most about this book is it will tell you how something is supposed to work, then tell you in which browsers it will and will not work. It's great to have some bleeding edge CSS 2.1 in your code, but if it doesn't work in IE6, do you really want it on your business site?

This is not a learning tool (although I picked up quite a lot of tricks and tips). There are other books for this. If you have a good foundation with XHTML and CSS, this is the book to have next to the computer.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Top Reference for Web Work Oct. 26 2001
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The second edition has greatly improved on my favorite Web development reference. I had nearly worn out my copy of the first edition. Jennifer Niederst has completely updated the content and the reference tables to incorporate in this guide the breadth of elements available for those that code and program the Web. This edtion is broken into sections that are easily scanned by the reader looking for answers to questions. The reference tables have been updated to now include elements that have been depreciated (or not longer considered fully supported by the standards boards), as well as the recently approved elements. This version is thicker than the last so I will have to gladly expand my notch for it on my bookshelf that is within easy reach.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Your Reference of First Resort May 16 2006
By Benjamin Rossen - Published on Amazon.com
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The new edition is comprehensive and concise to a degree I have not found in any other web design reference book. Since the first edition this book has grown considerably. This edition, for its concision, could still be described as a reference in a nutshell, but for its comprehensive cover of the most important material to a useful depth, it is more than that. If you are, as I am, often pressed for time while multi-tasking towards the completion of projects on tight schedules, and need the right information quickly, this book will become a treasured tool. This is my, and I recommend that it become your, reference of first resort.
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5.0 out of 5 stars one of the best books around May 29 2009
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the author knows the subject well, and she writes well. i found myself reading the book for hours, and learning new things in a nice and organized way. if just all books are like that...

it is good for beginner and intermediate level. if you are already advanced or guru level, you may find that you know a good part of the material in the book already. but since this book talks about so many aspect of web technologies, unless you advanced in most areas, you probably still find it useful or good to have as a reference.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Generally Good Reference Book Oct. 20 2008
By Brian R. Jewell - Published on Amazon.com
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Worthy of the O'Reilly name, this was a good book that covered many interesting topics. It's contains some good information about web concepts that are of valuable use to programmers, like myself. However, it is not a book on "web programming", so don't expect it to contain any Java-specific information. If you are interested in learning how browsers work, (X)HTML concepts, CSS, a little Javascript, graphics, etc., this book will provide some invaluable information. Also, an excellent reference book.