Transcending CSS
The Fine Art of Web Design
Author: Andy Clarke
Edited by: Molly E. Holzschlag
Paperback: 371 pages
Publisher: New Riders, an imprint of Peachpit (2007)
Language: English
ISBN 0-321-41097-1
Review by Keith Daulton

A crucial book for anyone interacting with HTML code!
 
This book is very informative and enjoyable. Everything sentence in this book is meaningful and important. This book addresses the shortcomings in common content structure and design practices on the web using easy to understand explanations, easy to follow examples and outside-the-box concepts. Many examples are given, showing both code and design, to help drive home these concepts. Following the practices explained in this book will result in the creation of agile, accessable and leading-edge web content and design.
 
The author, in this journey to transcendence, begins with identifying the possibilites of web design, designing pages “from the content out” and meaningfully describing and marking up content. Next, it is explained how to translate these concepts into a content-centric development and design process. From there, the author shows inspiring real world usage of these techniques and how accessable, content-driven pages don’t have to yield poor design results. In the final phase of this transcendence, we are taken outside-the-box of conventional CSS page design and step into complex layout solutions along with what is to come in future CSS specifications.
 
This book primarily targets designers or developers with a solid knowledge of HTML and CSS. However, I would encourage any designer or developer to read this book as far as their knowledge premits them as the basic concepts of this book will help to establish a great mind-set and focus from which to create webpages.

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