First off, great forum. I've already found answers to many nagging problems (like centering stuff, preventing text wrapping, that awful rash -- errr, I seem to have strayed a bit off-topic).
I'd like to pose a variation on a question I've seen around this forum. Might I also suggest a "book review" topic in the Commonly Asked Questions forum, or maybe a forum in and of itself?
I've learned Web design and developing over the years by doing. That is, I can build pretty Web pages that work famously in every browser I test them in. The down side to my method of learning is that I have very, very little knowledge of the theory of Web design/developing, and my pages, as a result, are full of hacks upon hacks upon hacks. Sure, they work, but my code just ain't pretty to look at. And who's to say how it'll render in any new browsers and browser versions that emerge?
My company has only very recently allowed me to de-support NN4.x (my hair is coming back in nicely, thank you), and there are rumblings afoot that I might be allowed to re-design the entire site later this year (the current site, which I inherited, is a disaster, even by my godawful standards). I'd like to re-design the site in the simplest, most standard-compliant code I can muster, and that means I need to re-learn the way I code.
Can anyone recommend a book that covers the whole gamut of building solid Web pages? I need something that starts with basic theory, and moves into higher-level, table-less, CSS-P stuff. Even a couple or three progressively granular books would be great.
I've seen a couple of postings talking about Eric Meyer's (who is, I realize, a minor deity in CSS circles) stuff, and a couple mentioning O'Reilly's Dynamic HTML: The Definitive Reference. I was wondering if anyone had any other recommendations, or if either or both of these books would suit my needs. I need something I can sit down and read, not just leave on my desk as a reference.
I would love to gain the knowledge to become a standards-fascist ("standards-nazi" is just too harsh) at my company, and -- dare I dream -- a regular question-answerer on this forum (as opposed to a regular question-asker).
Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
Need to start over. Any good book recommendations?
Yes, anything by Eric Meyer is a must-have. I would strongly recommend "Designing With Web Standards" http://www.zeldman.com/dwws/ by Jeffrey Zeldman
I ordered the Zeldman book and got it in the mail yesterday. Judging from what I've read about it on the Web, along with what little I've read of the actual book itself, it looks like exactly what I was looking for.
Thanks for the recommendation.