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Bulletproof Web Design: Improving Flexibility and Protecting Against Worst-Case Scenarios with XHTML and CSS [Englisch] [Taschenbuch]

Dan Cederholm
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29. Juli 2005
No matter how visually appealing or packed with content a Web site is, it isn't succeeding if it's not reaching the widest possible audience. Designers who get this guide can be assured their Web sites will! By deconstructing a series of real-world Web sites, author and Web designer extraordinaire Dan Cederholm outlines 10 strategies for creating standards-based designs that provide flexibility, readability, and user control--key components of every successful Web site. Each chapter starts out with an example of an "unbulletproof" concept--an existing site that employs a traditional approach and its associated pitfalls. Dan then deconstructs that approach, noting its downsides and making the site over using Cascading Style Sheets (CSS). By the end of each chapter, readers will have replaced traditional, bloated, inaccessible page components with lean markup and CSS. The guide culminates with a chapter that pieces together all of the page components discussed in prior chapters into a single page template.

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  • Taschenbuch: 280 Seiten
  • Verlag: New Riders (29. Juli 2005)
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ISBN-10: 0321346939
  • ISBN-13: 978-0321346933
  • Größe und/oder Gewicht: 22,9 x 18,9 x 1,3 cm
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No matter how visually appealing or content-packed a Web site may be, if it's not adaptable to a variety of situations and reaching the widest possible audience, it isn't really succeeding. In Bulletproof Web Desing, author and Web designer extraordinaire, Dan Cederholm outlines standards-based strategies for building designs that provide flexibility, readability, and user control--key components of every sucessful site. Each chapter starts out with an example of an unbulletproof site one that employs a traditional HTML-based approach which Dan then deconstructs, pointing out its limitations. He then gives the site a make-over using XHTML and Cascading Style Sheets (CSS), so you can see how to replace bloated code with lean markup and CSS for fast-loading sites that are accessible to all users. Finally, he covers several popular fluid and elastic-width layout techniques and pieces together all of the page components discussed in prior chapters into a single-page template.


Guest Reviewer: Jeffrey Zeldman

Modern web design is user-centered, accessible, and standards-based. In other words, it's completely different from the stuff we did in the 1990s. There are two vital aspects to designing with web standards:

(1) understanding why
(2) knowing how

Know-how is what Dan Cederholm has in spades, and in this updated edition of his essential text, he shares that knowledge with humor and clarity.

Dan's is one of the smartest minds in CSS and HTML. He is internationally known as a deep and innovative coder. But his background is in design and production, working on real-world sites for no-nonsense businesses like Google, ESPN, and Fast Company, Inc.

This grounding in practical user interface design and daily production issues makes Dan a great teacher of CSS, because he never loses sight of the things designers want to do (not to mention the things designers' clients and bosses demand of them).

From multi-column layouts that stay crispy in milk, to maintaining fine control of web fonts and sizes without alienating users: just about every problem a modern web designer faces is examined, with solutions ranging from good to better to best.

This second edition includes everything you need to know about taking Internet Explorer 7 into account. Little else has changed. And that's as it should be, for this book is a classic. It belongs on every web designer's shelf.

-- Jeffrey Zeldman, author, Designing With Web Standards 2nd Edition




About the Author
Dan Cederholm is a Web designer and author living in Massachusetts. He's the founder of SimpleBits, a tiny design studio. A recognized expert in the field of standards-based Web design, Dan has worked with Google, MTV, ESPN, Fast Company, Blogger, Odeo, and others. He embraces flexible, adaptable design using Web standards through his design work, writing, and speaking. Dan is the author of two best-selling books: Bulletproof Web Design (New Riders) and Web Standards Solutions (Friends of ED). Dan also runs the popular weblog SimpleBits, where he writes articles and commentary on the Web, technology, and life. He also plays a mean ukulele and occasionally wears a baseball cap. -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine vergriffene oder nicht verfügbare Ausgabe dieses Titels.

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No matter how visually appealing or packed with content a Web site is, it isn't succeeding if it's not reaching the widest possible audience. Designers who get this guide can be assured their Web sites will! By deconstructing a series of real-world Web sites, author and Web designer extraordinaire Dan Cederholm outlines 10 strategies for creating standards-based designs that provide flexibility, readability, and user control--key components of every successful Web site. Each chapter starts out with an example of an "unbulletproof" concept--an existing site that employs a traditional approach and its associated pitfalls. Dan then deconstructs that approach, noting its downsides and making the site over using Cascading Style Sheets (CSS). By the end of each chapter, readers will have replaced traditional, bloated, inaccessible page components with lean markup and CSS. The guide culminates with a chapter that pieces together all of the page components discussed in prior chapters into a single page template.

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Wer das Buch gelesen hat, weiß nicht nur, dass Dan Cederholm ein Fan von Lance Armstrong ist, sondern dass er auch eine Menge Ahnung von gutem CSS hat.
Das Buch eignet sich für jeden, der schon CSS im Weballtag eingesetzt hat und im Grunde weiß, wie er damit umzugehen hat. Allerdings gibt es verschiedene Stufen, wie man CSS einsetzen kann. Angefangen von einfachen Textauszeichnungen bis hin zu komplexen CSS-Layouts mit CSS-Navigationen, die zudem noch flexibel gehalten sind. Und hier setzt das Buch an. Es verrät praktische Tipps, um eben Websites "bulletproof" zu gestalten, mit allen Trick die dazugehören.
Dazu werden verschiedene Seiten als Beispiel herangezogen und ausführlich erklärt, was man an diesen verbessern kann. Neben den einzelnen Arbeitsschritten erfolgt zum Schluss eine Zusammenfassung mit allen wichtigen Kriterien dieses Kapitels.
Mit diesem Buch ist man für den nächsten Auftrag gut gerüstet, um ein noch besseres Ergebnis erzielen zu können.
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Nachdem Dan Cederholm, der junge Wilde der CSS-Webdesigner, mit "Web Standards Solutions" bereits sein hervorragendes Gesellenstück abgeliefert hat, folgt mit "Bulletproof Webdesign" sein Meisterstück.
Im Gegensatz zu "Web Standards Solutions" ist "Bulletproof Webdesign" durchgängig farbig illustriert, was dem Designansatz, den Dan Cederholm pflegt, Rechnung trägt und dem Verständnis des Lesers entgegenkommt.
Dan Cederholm pflegt den Ansatz des Einfachen und des Eleganten.
Bereits mit seiner Website und den Lösungen, die er dort und in "Web Standards Solutions" präsentiert hat, beweist er auf eindrucksvolle Weise, dass sich Eleganz, schönes Design und Standardkonformität nicht ausschließen müssen.
Er nimmt die Leser bei der Darstellung seiner Beispiele mit.
So unterteilt er die Kapitel sinngemäß in
-bisheriges Vorgehen
-warum ist dies nicht "kugelsicher"?
-die "kugelsichere" Herangehensweise
-warum ist diese "kugelsicher"?
-Zusammenfassung der Vergleichs, der Ergebnisse und Erkenntnisse
Was versteht Cederholm dabei unter "kugelsicher"?
-Flexibilität, ohne die Struktur oder das Design zu gefährden
-die Designs können sich anpassen, egal welche Textgröße gewählt wird oder wieviel Text (oder andere Inhalte) sie aufnehmen müssen
-die Designs sind für (fast) jeden Fall gewappnet und sind unabhängig von Ausgabemedium und/oder Umgebung
Alle individuelle Lösungen, die er in den einzelnen Kapiteln darstellt, fasst er dann im letzten Kapitel zusammen, um ein überzeugendes "kugelsicheres" Website-Design zu entwerfen und umzusetzen.
Wer nur ein Buch in diesem Jahr kaufen will, dass sich mit Webstandards und CSS (Cascading Style Sheets) befasst, dann sollte es dieses sein!
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5.0 von 5 Sternen This book is the one 9. September 2005
Von Robert S. Truesdell - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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If you are just coming over the the standards-compliant light, this book is the best for showing real, working techniques. Great examples that work. A cookbook. Cederholm won my heart and my mind with "Web Standards Solutions" and this book builds on that theme. The man is a good writer, easy to understand, and he makes compelling and lucid points.

Cederholm's presentation is great: he states a problem or goal, then examines several different ways of solving it. The examinations are just a paragraph or two long -- short and to the point. He points out the strengths and weaknesses of the various solutions, then concludes with a "best practices" solution. Finally, he builds on and refines the best practices solution to deliver a finished piece. When there is no clear-cut best way, he lays the cards on the table and let's you decide what is best for your specific application. He talks about the compromises between pixel-perfect layouts and fluid layouts and how each effects design and useability issues.

It is not stand-alone because a good reference is still useful to have by your side.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen The most useful Web design book I've ever owned 1. November 2005
Von Buzzmo - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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I'm a Web designer for one of the big three office supply chains in the US. This book is never more than an arm's reach away from my workstation, and I consult it almost daily. Unlike other XHTML/CSS books that examine what's theoretically possible, Cederholm's book focuses on foolproof solutions to common Web design issues. It is engagingly written and beautifully lain out. With this book and a basic knowledge of CSS, you'll be creating pages that not only look great, but make the Web a better place. This is the new Web bible. Buy it, read it, live it.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen A must for any web developers library! 2. August 2006
Von Nate Klaiber - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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Bulletproof Web Design does an incredible job of teaching, step-by-step, how to make your website `Bulletproof.' The author introduced the book by defining what it means to have a bulletproof website. He used the example of a police officer wearing a bulletproof vest. No, it is not 100% protection against a bullet - but it decreases the chances and is extra protection. When applied to a website, this means that your website can handle the `bullets' being thrown at it. These are things like text resizing, use of assistive devices, no CSS, no images, and a few other examples.

The thing I liked most about this book is that it wasn't preaching web standards - It was simply walking you through each chapter - with each chapter building on the last - and showing you techniques that WORK. The book itself does an incredible job of keeping your attention through the use of images, highlighting, and full code listing. For those who can't quite grasp CSS (especially positioning and the like), this book is extremely helpful through its thorough explanations and visuals. Screenshots are provided each step of the way to let you see your progress.

Each chapter introduces you to new ways of handling things like text display, link display, navigation, list elements, layouts, floating, positioning, and a few others. Each chapter first take an example of a website (or aspect of a website) that is NOT bulletproof, then re-constructs that example with semantic XHTML and CSS to show you the results. The last chapter of the book brings it all together and shows you how it could be used in a production environment, with each piece of the puzzle being put together. The author doesn't dwell on the array of hacks and filters - but simply lists the ones that he uses and how they get the job done (and why they are needed).

Using proper XHTML and CSS is sometimes misunderstood. This is where many will start with a bad case of classitis and divitis and start going crazy adding extra markup. The author does a great job of creating very lean, structured, semantic XHTML. This is the XHTML that is friendly to browsers and other devices alike, as well as rich in meaning. Using proper elements to get the job done is vitally important to the meaning of the website itself. He focuses on this aspect, and with each chapter discusses the importance of the structure and not adding unnecessary presentational markup to your pages. It is this separation of presentation and content that ultimately makes using proper CSS a wise choice.

Quite frankly, this is one of the best CSS books I have read - and would recommend it to both the beginner and advanced CSS developer. This review doesn't even do the book justice - mainly because you need to buy it and read it to really enjoy the context as a whole. There are many things I could explain in more detail, and there are many different things that I learned through reading this book (some of which were things that were needed immediately). This is a no-fluff CSS book that brings everything together nicely, and a must have for any web developers bookshelf!
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Not great but still very useful 4. August 2006
Von Martin Edelius - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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I've read a lot of good about this book and a lot of good from Dan Cederholm so I had my hopes up when I got this book. I have to admit I was a bit let down.

Don't get me wrong, it does a fantastic job in exposing how easy it is to convert old and clumsy design to new, slick, CSS based design with very little effort.

It feels short though and, at times, repetative. The entire last chapter, while meant to be a recap of all the previous chapters, feels unnecessary as the entire book is only 260 pages. There's very little need for a recap when you read the entire book in a couple of hours.

It's not a great reference book either. While you can look up the chapter about indestructible boxes in order to check how Dan actually anchors all the corners, it's not laid out in a manner that encourages this (and I don't think that was the idea with the book to begin with either).

I did get a lot of inspiration and the section about floats was quite informative, though I would like some more information about what we're doing instead of just enough to solve the specific problem.

At times Dan hints to how to use certain tricks to achieve a certain result that's not part of the current design but most of the time the book points to various (mostly excellent) resources on the net where you need to continue your research on your own.

One thing the book does great is pointing out how important it is to have "logical" and intelligent markup before you start applying CSS and that CSS isn't the solution to every single design problem on the Internet.

I think the book is pricey considering that it's short and you will probably not use it as a reference guide once you get the hang of the ideas and tricks Dan teaches out.

If you on the other hand need to get a kickstart as far as designing with CSS goes then it's invaluable. I'm never going to use tables the same way as I used to, for instance.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Very good book on CSS 3. Januar 2007
Von Just another Music/Web/Technology Lover - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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This is an excellent book on CSS. The title is a little misleading, as it is really about creating bulletproof web designs using CSS. It does not address any of the myriad of other topics that would make a site bulletproof like security, XHTML, web servers, application servers, etc. etc.

If you don't know what CSS is yet, then this book is certainly not for you. If you are looking for a basic getting started book on HTML, with a little on CSS I would suggest the VERY excellent Elizabeth Castro book, now in its sixth edition entitled "HTML, XHTML and CSS, sixth Edition" a Quick Start quide, of course available on Amazon.

Dan Cederholm's book "Bulletproof Web Design's" is a good companion to other more basic books, once you know that you want to use CSS to format web sites, and have a clue how to use it.

The one problem I have with this book, is that it _only_ provides the CSS. There is absolutely no HTML anywhere, which makes looking at examples a litle tough. The graphic illustrations of the results look great, the examples are useful, well explained and in a logical order.

This is certainly one of several books to have around when creating a modern web site with HTML and CSS.

In fact, it can be a good companion for those who both hand-code sites, and use professional tools like Dreamweaver.

So, as a CSS book, I give it 5 stars, as a general bulletproof web design book, I give it 3 stars, because it really has very little content about the other relevant subjects.. But, I'll be fair and rate this as a CSS book, title notwithstanding, and give it 5 stars.
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