Designing With Web Standards has ratings and 80 reviews. Craig said: Forward-compatibility. Reduced site maintenance. Increased extensibility. More. Jeffrey has written two books, notably the foundational web standards text, Designing With Web Standards, currently in a 3rd Edition coauthored with Ethan . Designing with Web Standards is a web development book by Jeffrey Zeldman Zeldman co-founded the Web Standards Project in and served as its.
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Zeldman is an entertaining writer, though he sometimes overbears when it comes to pressing the case for standards. Perhaps his primary audience web designers used to hacky html need this sort of jackhammer treatment. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
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Then along comes a new device or a new browser, and you start all over again. You can get off the merry-go-round. It’s time webb stop living in the past and get away from the days of spaghetti code, insanely nested t You code. It’s time to stop living in the past and get away from the days of spaghetti code, insanely nested table layouts, tags, and other redundancies that double and triple the bandwidth of even the simplest sites.
Instead, it’s time for forward compatibility.
Isn’t it high time you started designing with web standards? Standards aren’t about leaving users behind or adhering to inflexible rules. Standards are about building sophisticated, beautiful sites that will work as well tomorrow as they do today. You can’t afford to design tomorrow’s sites with yesterday’s piecemeal methods.
Jeffrey teaches you to: Paperbackpages. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Designing With Web Standardsplease sign up. Be the first to ask a question about Designing With Web Standards. Lists with This Book. Feb 24, Craig Cecil rated it it was amazing Shelves: And big cost savings. That’s what this book is about. Since most web site decision-makers don’t yet grasp the significance and business reasons for moving to a pure, standards-based design, Zeldman spend Forward-compatibility.
Since most web site decision-makers don’t yet grasp the significance and business reasons for moving to a pure, standards-based design, Zeldman spends the first pages giving them no room for arguing against this approach ESPN got the message–and saved tens of millions of dollars by converting their 1 billion hits per month site. The remainder of the book is spent in the trenches, providing exacting detail about how to upgrade existing sites or build new ones around standards.
It doesn’t hurt that Zeldman’s humor and light writing style will speed you through this book. It may be the fastest read of any technical book to date–and that would be one of Zeldman’s points.
I heard this book was like web standards Bible. Let’s just say I was seriously underwhelmed. Sure enough, it came out a long time ago, when web standards wasn’t something every web professional had heard about, and in my humble opinion it should have stayed as 1st edition, if the re-release was going to be as lazy as it turned out to be. I read 3rd edition and it’s just ridiculous: Heck, even some recommendations are no longer valid.
As for actual web standards, this book is completely void of detail. You won’t learn how to design with web standards from it; you will only learn why you should do it. As such, it’s only good for people who are just starting their adventure with web development Experienced “old-school” web designers, new designers.
It is by no means a comprehensive treatise on the technologies that must be mastered that would require s of pages. It does serve admirably as a guide for experienced designers intent on upgrading their skills, or beginners that need an overview of the field. As such, a significant portion of the book is devoted to advocating the web-standards approach to web design.
The authors clearly feel that strong encouragement is still needed to convince some people in the field to make the switch. Some readers will not like the colloquial tone and tongue-in-cheek humor of the text.
However, it is well written with a good flow. As well, it has the least number of typos and other errors of any technical book I’ve read in years.
It is a pleasure to read a computer tech book that is so polished. And although it is not comprehensive, it provides a wealth of pointers to more in-depth books and links to web sites with a wealth of additional information. Read it in front of a web browser, and check out those references, to get the most from it. I have been building websites since zeldamn were the latest and greatest in the web and animated gifs were everywhere.
I have seen some reviews here that think this book is out jefgrey date and not relevant and that is the undermine it’s importance. Once this book came out I had an argument with employers and clients as to why things had to be done differently because it was finally a discussion of web standards to a much larger audience.
If you are in the web design and development field today it migh I have been building websites since tables were the latest and greatest in the web and animated gifs stwndards everywhere. If you are in the web design and development field today it might be easy to look at this book and say “well of course!
Jan 03, Michael Halligan rated it it was ok. Skip the first 43 pages if you’ve never built a website before, they’re written as a justification as to why to standarrds with web standards and their arguments range from lame and antiquated like using the cost of T1s as the justification for more concise html to common sense ones that make you think “Yeah, well, Duh. Did I really have to spend 10 minutes reading this argument?
I agree, move on”. The first four chapters of this book are fluffy reasons why to design with web standards. I get it, now teach me the fucking standards. A lot of the issues raised in this book are sort of irrelevant to someone DIY-ing websites, but I still learned a whole ton about semantic markup and how one would effectively incorporate behavioral aspects into web sites. The reason standards based web design is so important, after all, is because in the end it seems to save a lot of time and headache, and so these lessens may prove fruitful.
If you read this though prepare to skim past large sections where he rants about how the web was in the A lot of the issues raised in this book are sort of irrelevant to someone DIY-ing websites, but I still learned a whole ton about semantic markup and how one would effectively incorporate behavioral aspects into web sites.
If you read this though prepare to skim past large sections where he rants about how the web was in the 90s. Um, it’sno one cares?
At the moment you decide to make some money by building websites, read this. It’s one designinng those books that you don’t borrow from a friend.
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Buy it, read it and let is somewhere so you can refer back from time to time. Oh come on, I edited it. Like I’m going to give it less than five stars? The third edition of essential reading for anyone who works on the web. Jan 15, Joe Devon rated it it was amazing. What can I say, this was a classic in its time.
Changed the way web development happened. Unblocked a lot of the nonsense caused by the browser wars. At this point it’s probably rather out of date, but great to read for the purpose of the history of the web. Feb 27, Maria rated it liked it Shelves: A bit outdated but a great book for beginners. An enjoyable read that got a lot across about web standards. It’s a decent high-level overview for web development in general. This is one of the most popular web design books, and for good reason.
Zeldman has been around the Web for a long time, and his experience shows. This book teaches the concepts, history, and technologies behind web design for beginning and intermediate designers. The book is about why and how to “write structural, semantic markup styled with CSS for sites that are relatively lightweight, portable, findable, This is one of the most popular web design books, and for good reason.
The book is about why and how to “write structural, semantic markup styled with CSS for sites that are relatively lightweight, portable, findable, and accessible. I enjoyed reading about the history of the various web technologies, the evolution of browsers, and the people and organizations who influenced them.
Zeldman is well-known in the industry for his advocacy of web standards and his involvement in A List Apart. Notes For SEO, 1 write great content, and 2 mark it up semantically. Ems are the ideal unit for font sizes, but pixels px are OK because browsers support Page Zoom. Making a site accessible benefits not only the disabled, but also mobile device users and search engines. Web Developers just setting out to design with web standards. Jeffrey Zeldman is an icon in the Web Design world.
His insights are obviously from experience and compelling. This reads like a 2nd edition book. The examples used are dated, although still valid.