I picked up this book in part because it really is a beautiful book: rich, elegant, luxurious. How to explain? The book reads like a typical book, nothing new here. Normally, a sidebar is placed near the main text to which it is connected.
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I picked up this book in part because it really is a beautiful book: rich, elegant, luxurious. How to explain? The book reads like a typical book, nothing new here. Normally, a sidebar is placed near the main text to which it is connected. In Transcending CSS, the detour is on the right page alright, but the left facing page is not text, but images. I found this more than a little confusing. Zach is god. Zach is having you do microformats. Aside from the design glitch I noted above, the book is very useful to anyone who comes at CSS and standards-based design from a designers perspective.
If you have a lot of standards-based design work under your belt, have been doing this for a few years, etc. Consider the imaginary Cookr site Clarke uses to walk readers through semantic-based development principles and processes. The page is a recipe page, with the recipe on the left. On the right is a box containing suggestions for related recipes. I would never have looked at the block of related items -- photo, title, description -- and seen it as a list item in an unordered list -- until I read this book.
I would have looked at it in terms of a design problem and thought about it in terms of how to mark up the page to get the visual effects I wanted. Hence, I would have seen two columns, one containing photo of the dish, and the other containing text-based information -- which would have comprised a table row in the old table-based design days.
By the way, he also points out that these are not "strictly definition terms and descriptions, so using a definition list would be stretching the semantic use of the element. When combined, the elements create a more precise meaning together than they do separately.
Work to be done. Ah well.
Transcending CSS: The Fine Art of Web Design
Start your free trial Book Description As the Web evolves to incorporate new standards and the latest browsers offer new possibilities for creative design, the art of creating Web sites is also changing. Few Web designers are experiences programmers, and as a result, working with semantic markup and CSS can create roadblocks to achieving truly beautiful designs using all the resources available. Add to this the pressures of presenting exceptional design to clients and employers, without compromising efficient workflow, and the challenge deepens for those working in a fast-paced environment. As someone who understands these complexities firsthand, author and designer Andy Clarke offers visual designers a progressive approach to creating artistic, usable, and accessible sites using transcendent CSS. Transcending CSS: The Fine Art of Web Design: Uses a visual approach to help you learn coding techniques Includes numerous examples of world-class Web sites, photography, and other inspirations that give designers ideas for visualizing their code Offers early previews of technical advances in new Web browsers and of the emerging CSS3 specification Show and hide more.
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This book also assumes you have an open mind. Page 6 The format itself is a shear pleasure. A square book. A soft square book that stays open without having to drop something heavy on it, or to break its spine. The illustrations and photography are beautiful.