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Designing with Web Standards, 3rd Edition


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Listen to a Q&A Session with Jeffrey Zeldman and Ethan Marcotte
In this Q&A session, Jeffrey Zeldman and Ethan Marcotte provide a brief overview of their new book, Designing with Web Standards, Third Edition, and answer participant questions about standards-based web design.


  • Copyright 2010
  • Edition: 3rd
  • Book
  • ISBN-10: 0-321-61695-2
  • ISBN-13: 978-0-321-61695-1

Best-selling author, designer, and web standards evangelist Jeffrey Zeldman has revisited his classic, industry-shaking guidebook. Updated in collaboration with co-author Ethan Marcotte, this third edition covers improvements and challenges in the changing environment of standards-based design.

Written in the same engaging and witty style, making even the most complex information easy to digest, Designing with Web Standards remains your essential guide to creating sites that load faster, reach more users, and cost less to design and maintain.

  • Substantially revised—packed with new ideas
  • How will HTML5, CSS3, and web fonts change your work?
  • Learn new strategies for selling standards
  • Change what “IE6 support” means
“Occasionally (very occasionally) you come across an author who makes you think, ‘This guy is smart! And he makes me feel smarter, because now I finally understand this concept.’” — Steve Krug, author of Don’t Make Me Think and Rocket Surgery Made Easy

“A web designer without a copy of Designing with Web Standards is like a carpenter without a level. With this third edition, Zeldman continues to be the voice of clarity; explaining the complex in plain English for the rest of us.” — Dan Cederholm, author, Bulletproof Web Design and Handcrafted CSS

“Jeffrey Zeldman sits somewhere between ‘guru’ and ‘god’ in this industry—and manages to fold wisdom and wit into a tale about WHAT web standards are, HOW standards-based coding works, and WHY we should care.” — Kelly Goto, author, Web ReDesign 2.0: Workflow that Works

“Some books are meant to be read. Designing with Web Standards is even more: intended to be highlighted, dogeared, bookmarked, shared, passed around, and evangelized, it goes beyond reading to revolution.” — Liz Danzico, Chair, MFA Interaction Design, School of Visual Arts

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Online Sample Chapter

The Future of Web Standards



Pages 204 and 205: The two code blocks surrounding figure 10.13 include a superfluous element (div id="content" tag). Download correct code.

Page 211: In the second sentence of the last paragraph, change first "meta" to "main": "main" occupies the first 700 px of the blog's...

On pages 339 and 340, in each code block, the following text:


Should be:
$("a[href]^='http'").append('(This is an external link)');

(i.e., the second "src" should read "alt")

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