Friday Feast #52: Eye-catching, Practical, Cost-Effective Web Design
Today’s post title describes what Jeffrey Zeldman’s new book, Designing with Web Standards, helps you do. Today’s Friday Feast is devoted to this fantastic, must-have new web design book.
Designing with Web Standards is packed with valuable and practical details about effective web design that can be beautiful and widely accessible while also being cost-effective and easy to maintain. Using his light-hearted humor with his substantial knowledge and expertise, Jeffrey skillfully guides readers through how we got to where we are today, XHTML, CSS, images, typography, working with browsers, accessibility and government guidelines, and DOM-based scripts. The final chapter is a CSS redesign that pulls together many of the details learned along the way.
Features that many will especially appreciate are how to work with browser diversity, including practical approaches to CSS with easy-to-understand explanations, examples, and code snippets. In the process readers will learn how to take advantage of today’s technology while not ignoring older browsers and alternative devices, an approach that allows for tremendous flexibility.
I’ve barely scratched the surface of Designing with Web Standards. To learn more, check out Jeffrey Zeldman’s Designing with Web Standards mini-site where you can also download the table of contents and two sample chapters (PDF).
Whether new to web design or a seasoned professional, readers will find plenty of helpful tips, scripts, and informative explanations. Designing with Web Standards covers an amazing amount of must-have information that I’ll be keeping at my desk for reference.