Bulletproof Web Design: Improving Flexibility and Protecting against Worst-Case Scenarios with XHTML and CSS / Edition 2

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Overview

No matter how visually appealing or content-packed a Web site may be, if it's not adaptable to a variety of situations and reaching the widest possible audience, it isn't really succeeding. In Bulletproof Web Desing, author and Web designer extraordinaire, Dan Cederholm outlines standards-based strategies for building designs that provide flexibility, readability, and user control--key components of every sucessful site. Each chapter starts out with an example of an unbulletproof site one that employs a traditional HTML-based approach which Dan then deconstructs, pointing out its limitations. He then gives the site a make-over using XHTML and Cascading Style Sheets (CSS), so you can see how to replace bloated code with lean markup and CSS for fast-loading sites that are accessible to all users. Finally, he covers several popular fluid and elastic-width layout techniques and pieces together all of the page components discussed in prior chapters into a single-page template.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780321509024
  • Publisher: New Riders
  • Publication date: 8/23/2007
  • Series: Voices That Matter Series
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 312
  • Product dimensions: 7.48 (w) x 8.96 (h) x 0.54 (d)

Meet the Author

Dan Cederholm is a Web designer and author living in Massachusetts. He's the founder of SimpleBits, a tiny design studio. A recognized expert in the field of standards-based Web design, Dan has worked with Google, MTV, ESPN, Fast Company, Blogger, Odeo, and others. He embraces flexible, adaptable design using Web standards through his design work, writing, and speaking. Dan is the author of two best-selling books: Bulletproof Web Design (New Riders) and Web Standards Solutions (Friends of ED). Dan also runs the popular weblog SimpleBits, where he writes articles and commentary on the Web, technology, and life. He also plays a mean ukulele and occasionally wears a baseball cap.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 10, 2007

    A must-have book for web designers

    There's been plenty of good books published in the last 2-3 years about standards-based web design. This latest book by Dan Cederholm stands out from the crowd, with both solid techniques and impeccable presentation. 'Bulletproof Web Design' is packed with valuable layout and typography techniques. There's not a bit of fluff in this book! These design techniques rely upon a minimum of hackery, and produce truly sharp-looking, accessible, and true-to-standards results. This book reflects the author's amazing attention to detail. The examples are carefully built with excellent graphic examples and clearly written code. New Riders should be commended for giving this book top-notch production values, with excellent paper & printing, as well as meticulous editing. Any web designer, whether learning CSS anew, or an old hand looking for more reliable techniques, will greatly benefit from this book--and will want to put it on their most-valuable reference shelf along with such essential works as Meyer's 'Cascading Style Sheets' and Zeldman's 'Designing With Web Standards'.

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