I’ve been reading Jeffrey Zeldman’s new book, Designing With Web Standards, in my spare moments at work. It’s delightful (as tech books go). It makes me giggle at least once per chapter.
If you’re already a convert to CSS/XHTML design, this book might not do you much good, unless you want to be an evangelist and give it to all your friends. It doesn’t get into the technical stuff until chapter 10 or so—everything prior to that is about why standards matter, how browsers (and then designers) got everything wrong, and the basics of CSS-based design.
Flip to p. 195 for an entertaining assessment of Microsoft.com‘s source code. (The phrases “toilet junk” and “tragic effort” make an appearance.)
Don’t miss the chicken dinner discussion on p. 307.
He devotes chapter 13 to the ridiculously difficult subject of text sizing. An appropriate chapter for that subject, methinks. Here’s the closing:
This has been Chapter 13. Now, in the words of Clint Eastwood, “Do you feel lucky?”
Who would, faced with esoteric subjects like 16px/96ppi default browser settings?
Someone who has this book, that’s who.