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I just received my book yesterday and have already plowed through half of it. The book is brilliantly written as it covers key design concepts by tying them seamlessly to different zen garden submissions. The book is wider than I first thought which turned out to be a nice surprise. The width preserves the vivacity and depth of each photo and the reader will never feel cramped while reading. Great tips are peppered throughout each chapter and the reader gets to learn a bit about each discussed zen garden author (e.g. how they conceived the idea, sketched it out, etc). I realize this is becoming an amazon review, but I was really blown away and wanted to share it with you people. I’m confident that even the most knowledgeable among you will get something out of this book.

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thanks for your little review. I was looking for something like that. I'm gonna order it. Laughing out loud

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No problem. I checked out those photographs on your site (in the nature section) and am pretty impressed. What camera do you use?

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thanks Smile

I use a Canon EOS 10D + a couple lenses.

can you recommend any other xhtml or css books?

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Amazonian Ink

Here you go.

9.5 out of 10
Jeffrey Zeldman - Designing with Web Standards
http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0735712018/qid=1110486391/sr=2-1/ref=pd_bbs_b_2_1/104-5569288-5211142

This guy is "it" as far as web standards are concerned. After reading this through, I emerged a more informed coder and volunteer. In his inimitable fashion, he explains why web standards matter, how to work the importance of them into your own "pitch" towards a possible client, and provides real world examples to work with. If you are into CSS, XHTML, and web standards, missing this book would be damned foolish.

8.5 out of 10
Eric Meyer on CSS: Mastering the Language of Web Design
(1st book)
http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/073571245X/qid=1110486433/sr=2-1/ref=pd_bbs_b_2_1/104-5569288-5211142

More Eric Meyer on CSS (Voices That Matter)
(2nd book)
http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0735714258/qid=1110486433/sr=2-2/ref=pd_bbs_b_2_2/104-5569288-5211142

Eric Meyer is a css guru who I believe does a better job bringing real world examples into his book than he does explaining completely how they work. If you have been around the block a few times with CSS and want some juicy, succulent examples to feast upon, buy this book. You will most likely use something from this book--albeit a code snippet or a technique of some kind--in a real job for a client down the road. His second book is excellent for these kinds of examples as well. One example I particularly had fun with showed how to create nested lists using pure css (and an .htc file for explorer).

7.5 out of 10
Web Standards Solutions: The Markup and Style Handbook
http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1590593812/ref%3Dnosim/simplebits-20/104-5569288-5211142

Dan Cederholm's book on web standards is less phanatical than Zeldman's and could better suit readers looking for a less boisterous pen. I enjoyed the book a bit less than Zeldman's despite the fact that it was better packed with actual code samples. Dan is a good writer, but he's no JZ. Still, his examples make loads of sense and he does a great job explaining them. Looking back, I probably didn't need this book and Zeldman's book, but it's nice to have both as, together, they cover some decent ground.

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Darn,

I just realized that, because you're in Germany, those amazon links could be useless to you. I apologize.

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no problem, I just looked up the titles on amazon.de Wink

thanks for the recommendations.

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antibland wrote:
Jeffrey Zeldman - Designing with Web Standards
This guy is "it" as far as web standards are concerned. After reading this through, I emerged a more informed coder and volunteer. In his inimitable fashion, he explains why web standards matter, how to work the importance of them into your own "pitch" towards a possible client, and provides real world examples to work with. If you are into CSS, XHTML, and web standards, missing this book would be damned foolish.
It'll make you giggle a lot, too. Smile

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The Zen of CSS Design

I bought designing with web standards last November, but because of my baby, projects, clients, trying to learn css it go put to the side. however, thanks to your review antibland I've dug it out and have already had a poke around. plus I need a laugh Laughing out loud

thanks

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