Adapting to Web Standards: CSS and Ajax for Big Sites

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After learning the language of design, how does one effectively use standards-based technologies to create visually strong Web sites? The full-color Adapting to Web Standards: CSS and Ajax for Big Sites gives developers a peek into the process of the best designers in the world through the work of high profile, real-world Web sites that made them famous. The book focuses on deconstructing these top-tier large-scale sites with particular attention given to deconstructing CSS.
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About the author

Christopher Schmitt is an award-winning Web designer who has been working with the Web since 1993. He is the author of CSS Cookbook, which was named Best Web Design Book of 2006, and one of the first books that looked at CSS-enabled designs, Designing CSS Web Pages (New Riders). Kevin Lawver has been on the web for thirteen years, and writing web applications for almost eleven while working for AOL for twelve. He's built big ones, small ones, and gone about it in many different ways.
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Publisher
New Riders
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Published on
Dec 14, 2011
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Pages
288
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ISBN
9780132704724
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Language
English
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Genres
Computers / Web / Design
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This content is DRM protected.
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