Designing With Web Standards (Anglais) Broché – 14 mai 2003
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Présentation de l'éditeur
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.
You can get off the merry-go-round.
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?
Standards aren't about leaving users behind or adhering to inflexible rules. Standards are about building sophisticated, beautiful sites that will work as well tomorrow as they do today. You can't afford to design tomorrow's sites with yesterday's piecemeal methods.Jeffrey teaches you 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
- 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 and expense of multiple versions
- Improve user experience with faster load times and fewer compatibility headaches
- Separate presentation from structure and behavior, facilitating advanced publishing workflows
Biographie de l'auteur
Jeffrey Zeldman¿s personal web site (www.zeldman.com) has welcomed more 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 (www.webstandards.org), a grassroots coalition of web designers and developers that helped end the Browser Wars by persuading Microsoft and Netscape to support the same technologies in their browsers.
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Zeldman démontre l'importance des nouvelles méthodes de développement en pointant les limites des méthodes issues de la guerre des navigateurs (maintenance coûteuse, accessibilité médiocre, entre autres). En confrontant cela aux avantages liés aux standards (pérennité des documents, flexibilité dans le redesign et la mise à jour, excellente indexation par les moteurs de recherche, etc.Lire la suite ›
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Nonetheless, this book is a great tool for designing a scalable, lightweight, accessable, usable site. Big Z explains how to create a liquid design that you can apply to a whole site, then reformat easily. He shows you how to replace 25k of navigation-bar rollover graphics with a few lines of text. You learn to make sites that work in IE, Netscape, Opera, Safari, etc and degrade gracefully into Lynx and screenreaders. All that stuff is in here. A big thrust is on separating content and structure from presentation and design.
In a lot of cases it's a real bacon-saver. It does occaisonally lack in fully-fleshed out code examples, but if used in concert with Eric Meyer's book on CSS, you've got 98% of what you need to make a standards-compliant next-generation website.
First let me say that Zeldman writes in an engaging, humorous style. And thankfully he takes an easygoing approach to the use of standards and accessibility. As he points out, there is a continuum from no standards and no accessibility to rigid adherence to standards and complete accessibility. We are free to place ourselves where appropriate on this continuum. Yet Zeldman makes a compelling case for standards.
A 436 page book cannot be a treatise on everything. Yet Zeldman manages to give enough coverage to enable one to create web sites which use CSS, meet standards, are accessible, and can be viewed in all common browsers.
Throughout the book there are historical materials and references to sources and fuller discussions. Among the topics covered are XHTML, CSS basics, the DTD, the Dom and doc type switching. There is extensive discussion of browser problems and how to overcome them. Especially useful is a rather full discussion of font sizing. And a good chapter on accessibility.
This is a practical book and Zeldman takes you step by step through the process of developing a site from a given design-a site which makes full use of CSS, meets standards and is accessible. Chapter 9 contains a brief introduction to CSS. Chapters 8 and 10 which describe the construction of a the aforementioned web site in detail is worth careful study.
To Zeldman's credit, the page uses one table for basic layout; Zeldman is no purist and supports use of the best tools available considering the present state of browsers.
In an easy to read, easy to follow style, Jeffery Zeldman shows you by example, how you can upgrade your design process, cut costs, and open up your designs to the future without closing them to the past.
The book covers new-thinking markup fundamentals of XHTML and the presentational power of CSS, by walking you first through a hybrid design, where old school meets new school, and then a complete new school design. Transitioning between the two schools of thought, Jeffrey Zeldman explains elements of layout, typography, and accessibility that can quickly help you bring your sites into compliance with the standards that are shaping the web.
Browsers have already reached a level of compliance with web standards that set the stage for a more mature web. Now it's time for designers to do the same. This book will help you get there.
With that said, I really enjoyed the book. It is a very easy read compared to most computer books. The book teaches you some css and then delves right into the problems that each browser has with CSS / XHTML etc.. and shows workarounds. With this book, I was able to get the index page of my personal site to validate with css and XHTML transitional. This is definately a great starter book, but it will leave you hungry for more. (thankfully, Mr. Zeldman has his suggested readings here and there in the book)
Oh and yes, the first two chapters are all about how browsers of the past don't work and the day of "table hacks, 1 pixel gifs" are numbered. Personally, I found it amazing how easy it was to remove all my table layout and use CSS instead! Only took me an hour!