InterACT with Web Standards: A holistic approach to web design

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New Riders, May 16, 2010 - Computers - 504 pages
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Laying the foundation for a solid understanding of Web design, this book weaves together industry best practices and standards-based design techniques. It is built on practical examples and short exercises crafted to help readers learn quickly and retain information. Starting with the basics this book teaches:
  • Internet fundamentals
  • Planning, content strategy, and information architecture
  • HTML and CSS
  • Accessibility
Created by the education luminaries that brought you the revolutionary InterACT curriculum ( and the Opera Web Standards Curriculum (, and the experts that power The Web Standards Project, this book is the definitive guide to learning the basics of web design. Its emphasis on practical and proven techniques make it the go-to guide that every aspiring web professional needs to succeed in their career.

25% of all author proceeds from this book will be donated to The Open Web Education Alliance ( to help advance web education around the world.

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User Review  - Decki Kwok - Goodreads

Gives a holistic view to the world of world wide web so as to gain appreciation for the mechanics that drives the entire web and what to look out for when managing a web development project. Read full review

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User Review  - Leslie Jensen-Inman - Goodreads

As co-author and creative director for this book I'm a bit biased:) Works well with the InterACT curriculum: Read full review


Part I Preparation and Background Knowledge
Chapter 1 InterACT
Chapter 2 Tools
Chapter 3 Learning on the Web
Chapter 4 Internet Fundamentals
Chapter 5 Writing for the Web
Part II Planning a Website
Chapter 6 Information Architecture Intro
Chapter 13 Headings and Paragraphs
Chapter 14 Whitespace
Chapter 15 Links
Chapter 16 Images
Chapter 17 Lists
Chapter 18 Tables
Chapter 19 Forms
Chapter 20 Floats

Chapter 7 Site Planning
Chapter 8 Content Analysis
Chapter 9 Content Strategy
Part III ImplementationHTML and CSS Fundamentals and Accessibility
Chapter 10 HTML Intro
Chapter 11 CSS Intro
Chapter 12 head
Chapter 21 Positioning
Chapter 22 Accessibility Intro
Chapter 23 Accessibility Helps
Chapter 24 Accessibility Testing
Chapter 25 Bringing It Together

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About the author (2010)

Erin Anderson teaches Executive Ed courses all over the world. She is on staff at INSEAD and consults regularly with companies dealing with selling issues. She is very well-known for her work and research in the area of manufacturer s reps. Erin currently lives in Hericy, France.

Jina Bolton lives in Silicon Valley, is a member if the AIGA, has a bachelor of fine arts (with an emphasis on computer arts & graphic design) and currently does web design professionally for a living. She's an active public speaker and co-author of SitePoint's The Art & Science of CSS.

Virginia DeBolt grew up in southern Colorado, where her father often took her fishing and hunting. She can still walk off with a teddy bear from the shooting gallery at the fair. After receiving her college degrees, she taught in public schools in Colorado and New Mexico. Her first computer was a Commodore 64. The schools were using Apple IIe computers and Virginia quickly became the "computer person" in the school.
Her first four books were written to teach writing using cooperative learning and are still in print and selling well. She graduated to a blazingly fast 8 MHz Mac Classic to celebrate her status as a working writer.
In the mid-1990s, she moved to Texas and took some classes with the notion of finding work as a technical writer. One class was in HTML, and Virginia's life was never the same after that. HTML took over her thoughts, dreams, conversation, time, and energy. Soon she had a contract tech writing job by day, and a part time gig teaching HTML at the community college by night. The dining room of her home was filled with office tables and a web of wires between two Macs, two Windows boxes, assorted scanners, printers, and Zip drives. In the free time between her two jobs, she was making web sites for fun.
The HTML teaching job sent her searching in places like SXSW Interactive conferences for answers and ideas. But what she heard in the conference halls and what she saw in the books that were available to teach HTML and Dreamweaver were 180 degrees apart. In 2001, she started writing reviews of these books on her blog at
The Web Teacher blog brought her to the attention of computer book publishers. After contributing to books writtenby other people, she decided to write her own book to promote her theory that HTML and CSS should be taught as integrated skills, not as two distinct and separate ideas. The first book was "Integrated HTML and CSS: A Smarter, Faster Way to Learn" (Wiley, 2004). The second is the one you hold in your hand now.
Oh, her latest computer? There's just one. A Mac laptop that needs almost no wires strung about and does Windows on demand.

Christopher Schmitt has been working on the Web since 1993. He is the principal of, Inc., a new media design firm, and resides in Orlando, Florida. Christopher speaks frequently about web design at conferences including South by Southwest Interactive and Web Design World. His books include "Designing CSS Web Pages" (New Riders), "Professional CSS: Cascading Style Sheets for Web Design" (Wrox), and "CSS Cookbook" (O'Reilly).

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