Designing with Web Standards

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Peachpit Press, 2007 - Computers - 410 pages
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You code. And code. And code. You build only to rebuild. You focus on making your site compatible with almost every browser or wireless device ever put out there. Then along comes a new device or a new browser, and you start all over again. It's time to stop living in the past and get away from the days of spaghetti code, insanely nested table layouts, tags, and other redundancies that double and triple the bandwidth of even the simplest sites. Instead, it's time for forward compatibility. Isn't it high time you started designing with Web standards? Learn how to: slash design, development, and quality assurance costs (or do great work in spite of constrained budgets); Deliver superb design and sophisticated functionality without worrying about browser incompatibilities; Deliver superb sites, no matter what language you use: HTML, XHTML, XML, CSS, and ECMAScript (standard JavaScript); Set up your site to work as well five years from now as it does today; Redesign in hours instead of days or weeks; Welcome new visitors and make your content more visible to search engines; Stay on the right side of accessibility laws and guidelines; Support wireless and PDA users without the hassle andexpense of multiple versions; Improve user experience with faster load times and fewer compatibility headaches; Separate presentation from structure and behavior, facilitating advanced publishing workflows.

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User Review  - Murdocke23 - LibraryThing

One of the big 'standards-based development guru' books. First half deals with the problems, second deals with solutions using web standards-based approaches. Amusing and easy to read. Some review for those who already know about XHTML, CSS, etc, but still some good points worth learning Read full review

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User Review  - sirfurboy - LibraryThing

A must read for anyone making web pages. So many web pages suck. If you want to know why ebay pages are so bad, or why yahoo sucks or why your PDA browser display looks so bad, or why web pages take ... Read full review


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Jeffrey Zeldman is among the best-known Web designers in the world. His personal site ( has welcomed more than than 16 million visitors and is read daily by thousands in the web design and development industry. In 1998, Zeldman co-founded The Web Standards Project (, a grassroots coalition of web designers and developers that helped end the Browser Wars by persuading Microsoft and Netscape to support the same technology in their browsers.

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