Web Design in a Nutshell: A Desktop Quick Reference

Web Design in a Nutshell: A Desktop Quick Reference

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by Jennifer Niederst Robbins, Jennifer Niederst Robbins
     
 

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Are you still designing web sites like it's 1999? If so, you're in for a surprise. Since the last edition of this book appeared five years ago, there has been a major climate change with regard to web standards. Designers are no longer using (X)HTML as a design tool, but as a means of defining the meaning and structure of content. Cascading Style Sheets are no

Overview

Are you still designing web sites like it's 1999? If so, you're in for a surprise. Since the last edition of this book appeared five years ago, there has been a major climate change with regard to web standards. Designers are no longer using (X)HTML as a design tool, but as a means of defining the meaning and structure of content. Cascading Style Sheets are no longer just something interesting to tinker with, but rather a reliable method for handling all matters of presentation, from fonts and colors to the layout of the entire page. In fact, following the standards is now a mandate of professional web design.

Our popular reference, Web Design in a Nutshell, is one of the first books to capture this new web landscape with an edition that's been completely rewritten and expanded to reflect the state of the art. In addition to being an authoritative reference for (X)HTML and Cascading Style Sheets, this book also provides an overview of the unique requirements of designing for the Web and gets to the nitty-gritty of JavaScript and DOM Scripting, web graphics optimization, and multimedia production. It is an indispensable tool for web designers and developers of all levels.

The third edition covers these contemporary web design topics:

  • Structural layer: HTML 4.01 and XHTML 1.0 (9 chapters), including an alphabetical reference of all elements, attributes and character entities
  • Presentation layer: Ten all-new chapters on Cascading Style Sheets, Level 2.1, including an alphabetical reference of all properties and values.
  • Behavior layer: JavaScript and scripting with the Document Object Model (DOM)
  • Web environment: New web standards, browsers, display devices, accessibility, and internationalization
  • Web graphics optimization: Producing lean and mean GIF, JPEG, PNG, and animated GIFs
  • Multimedia: Web audio, video, Flash, and PDF

Organized so that readers can find answers quickly, Web Design in a Nutshell, Third Edition helps experienced designers come up to speed quickly on standards-based web design, and serves as a quick reference for those already familiar with the new standards and technology.

There are many books for web designers, but none that address such a wide variety of topics. Find out why nearly half a million buyers have made this the most popular web design book available.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780596009878
Publisher:
O'Reilly Media, Incorporated
Publication date:
02/28/2006
Series:
In a Nutshell (O'Reilly) Series
Edition description:
Third Edition
Pages:
830
Sales rank:
274,616
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.70(d)

Meet 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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Web Design in a Nutshell: A Desktop Quick Reference 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Are you a new or experienced web designer? If you are, then this book is for you. Authors Jennifer Niederst Robbins, Tantek Ýýelik, Derek Featherstone and Aaron Gustafson, have done an outstanding job of writing a 3rd edition of a reference book that shows you everything you need to know on how to create concise web pages. Robbins, Ýýelik, Featherstone and Gustafson, begin by describing the current approach to web design and set the stage for the entire book. Then, the authors provide n introduction to the ways web content may be created to reach all users, regardless of ability, browsing device, or language. Next, they discuss basic server functions, system commands, uploading files, and file types. The authors continue by discussing document markup, commonly referred to as the structured layer, because it provides the foundation upon which presentation and behaviors are applied. They also provide a thorough guide to using CSS for controlling the presentation of web content with a focus on visual media. Next, the authors highlight adding interactivity to your pages with JavaScript. The authors also focus on essential information while working with RGB color and choosing the appropriate graphic file formats. Finally, they provide a basic introduction to adding audio, video, and Flash movies to web pages. This most excellent Nutshell book focuses on the front-end matters of web design and development: markup, style sheets, image production, multimedia, and so on. More importantly, this book strives to be a thorough reference for all technical details and requirements that we face in our day-to-day work designing and developing web content.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is a great deal and was recommended by a friend. She swears by it so I decided I should have it as I start my web design business!
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Caduceus More than 1 year ago
This is an incredibly wonderful book for students. I helped teach a web page development class for a local college and this was one of the required books. While our text book ("Head First HTML") was a great "walk you through it" type book, this was a great supplemental book. It has chapters about different difficult-to-comprehend topics in web development - like image maps and linking via images - as well as quick references to non-standard characters and a great index. Even after a couple years of experience, I still refer to my "Nutshell" book for quick tips for web development.
Guest More than 1 year ago
It has helped me a lot! If you don't know anything about HTML or a litte... Go ahead and buy this book. ;)
Guest More than 1 year ago
Had to get this book for Webmaster certification. Waste of time. You're so much better off with some other resources. This one tried too hard, to put too much, into too little. O'Reilly usually has decent books... The Webmaster in a Nutshell is better. You would likely be better off with a book in each specific topic.
Tina Jones More than 1 year ago
Please fix download error. I downloaded the sample to read, but can't open the book. There is an error code "can't open. "