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Very insightful review, i'll have to check this book out based on your recommendation. Most of the books out there are almost identical in their approach to teaching HTML and CSS. Perhaps the best way to learn is through trials and errors, cause the more mistake you make at the initial beginning while learning something new, the more you will learn as you progress.
I'm aware that you mentioned that it doesn't discuss topics on browser compatibility. I'm really into web accessibility right now. Does the book provide the basics for accessibility via adding the needed attributes for a, img, etc.?
@Thorpe: Depends on what you consider "needed". For IMG, there's coverage of alt and title attributes, for example. Anything else that you'd expect to see?
I was thinking about tabindex, accesskeys - in line with keyboard navigation.
Anyway, I think this is good enough. I intend to buy something for a nephew of mine. I might just have found it.
Mastering CSS is more a 'do thing', than a 'learn from text books thing'. I got my skills from years reading bug reports, trying out stuff, and IE6-IE7, Firefox 2 and below, Safari at times give me extra work.But as usual I keep that for last.
Also documenting your CSS, structuring, naming your classes using the right names does make a world of difference, it should be understandable for when others need to work on it, re-use code, etcetera
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Nice stuff, but still reading such books is a very little part in the whole process of creating inthe Web.
Hmmm,...whenever I try to read an actual book (paper) when it comes to development, I fail.
Is there an ebook version available?
Thanks for the review, good sir. Let's say, though, that I already have "Web Standards Solutions - 2nd edition;" would this still be a worthwhile & meaty addition to the library, do you think?
@NK, First up, I'm on of the authors so I'm just a little biased. ;-)
I teach interactive design at the University of Ulster with Nicklas Persson, my co-author. Dan's 'Web Standards Solutions' has been required reading on our course since it was published (and it's still on the list at the second edition).
We wrote our book primarily to cover a great deal of material that Dan's book doesn't cover. In order to get the most out of his book you need to have a solid understanding of the importance of markup. Dan covers this to a point, but we're covering it much more thoroughly and systematically.
We've been teaching the importance of plain old semantic HTML (POSH) for many years and of the benefits of thinking of HTML as a design element. This is covered extensively throughout our book. Only once that's fully covered do we then run through the fundamentals of CSS.
As an owner of bazillions of web design books, I'd say the two sit well side by side, complementing each other well. But then, as I said at the start, I'm one of the authors so just a tiny bit biased!
This seems like it could be a very useful companion to anyone who is new or just starting out with HTML and CSS.
The breakdown as you described it seems good in its progress and structure and the way it teaches the fundamentals and not just picking out random points.
I will be looking into this book.
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