Designing with Web Standards
Designing with Web Standards is a web development book by Jeffrey Zeldman (3rd edition with Ethan Marcotte). Zeldman co-founded the Web Standards Project in 1998 and served as its director during the formative years when the project was petitioning browser makers to support standards. Zeldman left the project in 2003.
The book’s audience is primarily web development professionals who are focused on web standards design work. DWS is used as a textbook in over 85 colleges, including New York University, UCLA, Dartmouth and Brigham Young University.
Written by Jeffrey Zeldman, a staunch proponent of web standards and founder of the award-winning web design studio Happy Cog, Designing with Web Standards guides the reader on how to better utilize web standards pragmatically to create accessible, user-friendly web sites. The 432-page book has the following 16 chapters:
- 99% of Websites are obsolete
- Designing and Building with Standards
- Gentle Persuasion
- The Future of Web Standards
- Modern Markup
- XHTML and Semantic Markup
- HTML5: The New Hope
- Tighter, Firmer Pages Guaranteed: Structure and Semantics
- CSS Basics
- CSS Layout: Markup, Boxes and Floats – Oh My!
- Working with Browsers Part I: DOCTYPE Switching and Standards Mode
- Working with Browsers Part II: Bugs, Workarounds, and CSS3’s Silver Lining
- Working with Browsers Part III: Typography
- Accessibility: The Soul of Web Standards
- Working with DOM-Based Scripts
- A Site Redesign
- NYMag.com: Simple Standards, Sexy Interfaces
The book’s third and most recent edition was released on October 25, 2009, by New Riders Press. It has received generally positive feedback, with a four out of five star rating on Amazon.com from 137 reviewers.
Reviewers have noted that the witty, conversational tone of the book mixed with the in-depth technical analysis are enough “to keep you turning the pages.” Amazon.com book reviewer David Wall notes that the book is “a fantastic education that any design professional will appreciate.” Wall goes on to praise Zeldman’s pragmatic approach, as well as the “tightly focused tips” he provides and bolsters with code examples to illustrate his point.
Some critics have said that the book is aimed more at web design novices and mentions a few out-of-date browsers, and is devoid of a lot of detail.
About web standards
Concepts of standards-based web design include the separation of document structure from a web page or application's appearance and behavior; an emphasis on semantically structured content that validates (that is, contains no errors of structural composition) when tested against validation software maintained by the World Wide Web Consortium; and progressive enhancement, a layered approach to web page and application creation that enables all people and devices to access the content and functionality of a page, regardless of personal physical ability (accessibility), connection speed, and browser capability.
The Web Standards movement pioneered by Glenn Davis, George Olsen, Jeffrey Zeldman, Steven Champeon, Todd Fahrner, Eric A. Meyer, Tantek Çelik, Dori Smith, Tim Bray, Jeffrey Veen, and other members of the Web Standards Project in the 1990s replaced bandwidth-heavy tag soup with light, semantic markup and progressive enhancement, with the goal of making web content "accessible to all".
The impact of Designing with Web Standards
The first half of Zeldman's Designing With Web Standards in 2003 consolidated the case for web standards in terms of accessibility, search engine optimization, portability of content with an eye toward mobile and other emerging environments, lowered bandwidth and production cost, and other benefits. This section of the book addressed marketers and site owners as well as web developers and designers. The second section of the book was a how-to for designers and developers. How-to books were common in the web industry, although almost none at the time taught web standards. What made the first edition of Designing with Web Standards unique was its focus on making the case for forward compatibility, accessibility, and SEO to all who own, manage, or use web sites, not just developers.
Designing with Web Standards has been translated into 15 different languages, including (for the last edition) Italian, Chinese, Hungarian, Polish and Portuguese.
|Author Last Name(s)||Title||Edition||ISBN 10||ISBN 13||Release Date|
|Zeldman||Designing With Web Standards||1||0735712018||9780735712010||05/14/2003|
|Zeldman||Designing With Web Standards||2||0321385551||9780321385550||07/06/2006|
|Zeldman / Marcotte||Designing With Web Standards||3||0321616952||9780321616951||10/15/2009|