Web Designer's Reference: An Integrated Approach to Web Design with XHTML and CSS

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Most web design books concentrate on a single technology or piece of software, leaving the designer to figure out how to put all the pieces together. This book is different. Web Designer's Reference provides a truly integrated approach to web design. Each of the dozen chapters covers a specific aspect of creating a web page, such as working with typography, adding images, creating navigation, and crafting CSS layouts. In each case, relevant XHTML elements are explored along with associated CSS, and visual design ...

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Overview

Most web design books concentrate on a single technology or piece of software, leaving the designer to figure out how to put all the pieces together. This book is different. Web Designer's Reference provides a truly integrated approach to web design. Each of the dozen chapters covers a specific aspect of creating a web page, such as working with typography, adding images, creating navigation, and crafting CSS layouts. In each case, relevant XHTML elements are explored along with associated CSS, and visual design ideas are discussed. Several practical examples are provided, which you can use to further your understanding of each subject. This highly modular and integrated approach means that you learn about technologies in context, at the appropriate time and, upon working through each chapter, you craft a number of web page elements that you can use on countless sites in the future.

This book is ideal for those making their first moves into standards-based web design, experienced designers who want to learn about modern design techniques and move toward creating CSS layouts, graphic designers who want to discover how to lay out their designs, and veteran web designers who want a concise reference guide.

The book's advocacy of web standards, usability, and accessibility with a strong eye toward visual design means it is of use to technologists and designers alike, enabling everyone to build better websites. And for those moments when a particular tag or property value slips your mind, the book provides a comprehensive reference guide that includes important and relevant XHTML elements and attributes, XHTML entities, web colors, and CSS 2.1 properties and values.

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In its coverage of XHTML, CSS, Javascript, and complementary coding (like PHP), it provides a nice framework guiding "old dogs" like me into standards-compliant code. ...If one finally decides to move forward, as many suggest, this is a very good volume by which to get your start. For new designers, this is a nice primer to learn what is expected, in an overall sense, of good, advanced Web design.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781590594308
  • Publisher: Apress
  • Publication date: 1/4/2005
  • Series: Pioneering Series
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 390
  • Sales rank: 1,103,617
  • Product dimensions: 9.25 (w) x 7.50 (h) x 0.84 (d)

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Table of Contents

Ch. 1 An introduction to Web design 3
Ch. 2 Web page essentials 37
Ch. 3 Working with text 65
Ch. 4 Working with images 105
Ch. 5 Creating navigation 129
Ch. 6 Introduction to layout 165
Ch. 7 Tables : how nature (and the W3C) intended 173
Ch. 8 Layouts with CSS 193
Ch. 9 Working with frames 231
Ch. 10 Getting user feedback 245
Ch. 11 Adding multimedia 265
Ch. 12 Testing, tweaking, and uploading 273
XHTML reference 285
Web color reference 329
Entities reference 333
CSS reference 353
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