Friday Feast #23: I’m Back, and Lots in the Bin: CSS, Accessibility, SVG, Standards, and More
First, I want to thank everyone for all the kind notes and inquiries. It’s nice to be missed, and I’m appreciative of all the kind comments from people missing my daily writings. I’ve missed writing here, too.
Where have I been and what have I been doing?
After endless red tape and lawsuits related to a serious car accident 6 years ago now, I finally got into a much needed and long overdue intensive physical therapy program. Imagine a huge pick-up truck pulling out right in front of you at close range... it wasn’t pretty. My car was totaled, but I’m still here, thankfully.
Between taking far more time and energy than I realized and only having a few days' notice before starting the physical therapy program, I quite unexpectedly had to cut out nearly all my activities except client projects to keep the roof over my head.
I’m still in the midst of the physical therapy program, but I’m hoping to get back to writing here a couple of days a week and gradually get back up to speed during the coming months. I’ve been writing here for almost two years now, and I’ve missed it tremendously.
Lots in the Bin: CSS, Accessibility, SVG, Standards, and More
Since I haven’t been writing here every day recently, I’ve got plenty of terrific things backlogged in my bin here. In addition to all the helpful new articles around, I’ll be writing more about the following new books that I wholeheartedly recommend. Here’s a sampling:
A couple of days ago I received a copy of Joe Clark’s fantastic new book all about accessibility, Building Accessible Websites. I’ve been waiting for Joe’s book to come out, and I can assure you that it’s been well worth the wait.
A few weeks before that I received a copy of Eric Meyer’s fascinating and information-packed new book about style sheets, Eric Meyer on CSS. Eric has outdone himself once again and this new book is right here at my desk for reference. His easy-to-understand writing style continues in his latest book on CSS.
Christopher Schmitt also has a new book on style sheets not to be missed, Designing CSS Web Pages. This one is another must-have for helpful information, tips, and ideas about using style sheets effectively.
Another excellent book that came out earlier this year on SVG (Scalable Vector Graphics) is by David Eisenberg, SVG Essentials. We’ll be seeing a lot more of SVG used on the Web in the days ahead, and David’s new book is a must-have to learn about using this W3C recommendation.
All of these books are necessities for web designers and developers, in my opinion. We can all learn and improve our expertise and creative abilities from these informative and helpful new books. They’d all make great holiday presents for colleagues, friends, and yourself, by the way. These books are going to stay handy at my desk.