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Posted March 10, 2012
I'm a fan Of Dan Cederholm, having relied on a previous edition of this same book (from my library) as well as a number of his online posts. His is a no-nonsense, logical, and easy-to-follow writing style. Like the previous version(s), this book does an excellent job of defining "bulletproof web design" - designs that can adapt smoothly to different sized screens, and to the situations when a viewer has increased the default font size. Cederholm then takes some realistic examples (mostly actual websites) and explains clearly why the designs aren't bulletproof - how and why the designs "break" under different circumstances. Most importantly, he then shows how to reproduce the same designs while making then bulletproof. Along the way, he gives some basic techniques that you can quickly grasp and apply to your own designs. My only major criticism is that this edition seems to be around 80% the same as the previous one, with the 20% new material addressing a few CSS3 and HTML5 ways to achieve the same bulletproof results. He doesn't attempt to cover CSS3 and HTML5 in detail. So if you're expecting to learn all about CSS3 and HTML5, there are other books that do this more extensively and more exhaustively. But I have some other resources for CSS3 and HTML5, so for me Cederholm's book is an ideal addition to my small webdesign library. For anyone interested in quickly learning what makes website designs "break" and how to make yours bulletproof, I highly recommend this book.
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