Review: Web Standards Solutions: The Markup and Style Handbook

Web Standards Solutions:
The Markup and Style Handbook
by Dan Cederholm

I finished this a few weeks ago, sorry it took so long for a review.

Overall, I really enjoyed it. It was written well. Very easy to read and very clear explanations about everything he discussed. I would recommend it to anyone who has an excellent knowledge of HTML and XHTML and who has used CSS a little.
I learned a lot from this book.
Essentially, Dan Cederholm takes real world problems and shows you several ways to solve them.
I have two negative comments, but I want to make clear that overall this book was excellent!
Negative comments

  • The example images were in black and white, but he ocasionally referred to colors. Of course, it wasn’t hard to figure out what he was talking about, but it was a little annoying.
  • I found some of the examples were just a little simplistic and sometimes it seemed he was grasping, so that he could have several examples to fill a chapter. In chapter 1 “lists” for example, he said there were several ways to create a list using HTML including this:

apples <br />
spaghetti <br />
green beans <br />
milk <br />

and this

<li>apples <br />
<li>spaghetti <br />
<li>green beans <br />
<li> milk <br />

I’ve never seen anyone use the second example. If I’m not mistaken, doesn’t a <li> usually cause a line break anyway. And why would anyone use the first, when there’s a perfectly good set of tags with the <ul>’s and <li>’s that would work just fine.

Although, now that I’m re-reading what I wrote, if you didn’t know any CSS, you’d be hard pressed if you didn’t want any bullets or indentation.

In any case, it’s a good read, with a few minor things I didn’t like. Those few minor things however did not take away from the enjoyment of the book and the things I learned from it.

I recommend it.

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Published in: on July 25, 2006 at 6:05 pm  Leave a Comment  

Web Standards Solutions by Dan Cederholm

I just picked up this book this evening and I plan to start digging into it soon. I’ll have a review once I’m done! You can buy it at: Amazon or at Chapters (where I got it.)

Published in: on July 11, 2006 at 1:29 am  Leave a Comment  

Which web design book to buy?

It was my birthday the other day and I got some gift cards for a leading Canadian bookstore as presents. I’ve decided to buy one or many of the following, but I really need help deciding on a web design book.

I’m looking for a book on Web Standards and CSS. While I’m not yet a master at CSS, I do have a basic idea of how it works. Now I’d like to learn a little more, some tips and tricks and get more familiar with it all. I don’t want a book that’s too easy — I think I learned all the easy stuff with online tutorials. I want one that will help me now, and perhaps be a reference in the future.

Any suggestions?

Published in: on July 10, 2006 at 12:32 pm  Comments (1)