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

One of my favorite books of all time!! 253 Web standards are the standard technology specifications enforced by the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) to make sure that web designers and browser manufacturers are using the same technology syntax 253

Coming from the all flash explosion of the early 2000's, I was never particularly interested in web 2.0. Once I shifted my focus out of actionscript and into to semantic mark-up and valid HTML, I realized I had a whole lot to learn. Dan's book was the map that I used to get steer my learning process through the world of web standards. I've read countless books and articles on standards since - but I only ever returned to this book. A fantastic work, cohesive and thoughtful, simple and sensible - a truly solid and de facto work on the subject. 253 Noted web standards guru Dan Cederholm (of SimpleBits fame) presents sixteen chapters devoted to the effective and optimal use of XHTML markup followed by advanced CSS techniques layered upon that markup. While much of this information has been covered before and will be familiar to intermediate and advanced XHTML coders, several of the CSS chapters are real eye-openers, even for advanced technicians. For example, in Chapter 11: Print Styles, Cederholm discusses an extremely effective technique for allowing the user to switch between alternative layouts of your page (two-column, three-column) without the need for a round-trip to the server. And Chapter 15: Styling sounds innocent enough, but presents a technique that allows the developer to provide some basic Content Management System (CMS) functionality as applied to web templating. It's a short book (238 pages), and quick read, but may prove indispensible from a design, productivity, and business perspective. Highly recommended.
253 If you are a web developer this book ought to be on your desk, and dog-eared from overuse. No question about it. 253 Great book for some CSS best practices. 253 Published at the dawn of the Web 2.0 era (2004), this book provides you with the fundamentals of HTML and CSS, which are the bedrock of web design. Because it is so well written and fundamental, the concepts and practices stand up to this day. One caveat is that as soon as you work through the fundamentals, there are a ton of great resources to learn modern HTML (post HTML5), CSS, and Javascript. HTML/CSS/Javascript are the cornerstone of all web development and it's important to at least be familiar with the fundamentals. In a noisy world, this book is a great starting point. 253


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Web standards are the standard technology specifications enforced by the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) to make sure that web designers and browser manufacturers are using the same technology syntax. It is important that these implementations are the same throughout the Web, otherwise it becomes a messy proprietary place, and lacks consistency. These standards also allow content to be more compatible with multiple different viewing devices, such as screen readers for people with vision impairments, cell phones, PDFs, etc. HTML, XML, and CSS are all such technologies.

This book is your essential guide to understanding the advantages you can bring to your web pages by implementing web standards and precisely how to apply them.

Web standards such as XHTML and CSS are now fairly well-known technologies, and they will likely be familiar to you, the web designerindeed, they are all around you on the Web. However, within web standards still lies a challengewhile the browser's support for web standards is steadily increasing, many web developers and designers have yet to discover the real benefits of web standards and respect the need to adhere to them. The real art is in truly understanding the benefits and implementing the standards efficiently.

As a simple example of its power, you can use CSS to lay out your pages instead of nesting tables. This can make file sizes smaller, allowing pages to load faster, ultimately increasing accessibility for all browsers, devices, and web users. Use XHTML elements correctly so that your markup is compact and more easily understood. Use CSS to style different elements of a web page. Lay out pages easily and effectively. Compare multiple methods of achieving the same results to make better design choices. Learn about advanced web design techniques and their important caveats.

Web Standards Solutions is broken down into 16 short chapters, each covering the theory and practice of different web standards concept and showing multiple solutions to given problems for easy learning. You'll learn about multi-column layouts, using image replacement techniques to your best advantage, making the best use of tables and lists, and many more. This highly modular approach allows you to rapidly digest, understand, and utilize the essentials of web standards. Web Standards Solutions: The Markup and Style Handbook