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Book Review: Designing With Web Standards

Posted on 4.30.2007

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By Jeffrey Zeldman

Designing with Web Standards by Jeffrey Zeldman (in its second edition) is an insightful look at Web standards and masterfully explores complex technologies. It is presented in a way that can help any designer bring the virtues of well developed sites (aesthetics, usability and accessibility) to the vast majority lagging behind.

Designing with Web Standards examines why many sites are obsolete in terms of design and compliance, exploring the reasons many designers and
developers are having trouble transitioning to standards-based design. Zeldman writes about the emergence of technologies such as XHTML and CSS and how browser-agnostic design is bringing order to an understandably chaotic environment. The book also covers the “how-to” of designing and building standards-based websites, explaining the different approaches and why some work better than others.

Covering most all popular Web standards, from CSS and HTML markup to Section 508 and WAIS accessibility, Designing with Web Standards is well
worth the price tag. Zeldman takes great care explaining how to create sites that load faster, reach more users and cost less to design and maintain. Who is not going to sign onto that?

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