- Mastering the Language of Web Design
- Eric Meyer
- Web Design
At 13 months this book must have taken me the longest amount of time to work through of any book that I own. Now, don’t get me wrong, it is a great book, it’s just that to get the most out of it you do have to sit down, at the computer of your choice, and work through the projects.
I bought this book not long after reading Designing with Web Standards by Jeffrey Zeldman. In that book Zeldman does rip apart and reassemble a web page but this only covers a few chapters and I needed something a little more in depth. So I bought Eric Meyer on CSS, also by New Riders, and started to work on the projects that I had downloaded from the web-site. There are 13 projects in the book and I must have done about 3 or 4 before I became side-tracked with other things. Then I picked it up again and the same thing happened again, until this year when I decided to start from the beginning, just in case I had missed a trick or two.
To get the most from the book you do need to have some knowledge of HTML and CSS to begin with. You will also have to do the projects at the keyboard because it just isn’t the type of book that you could read on a train and get the maximum benefit from it. Because Eric had to start off slowly, gently getting more complex as the book progressed he did manage to save the best projects until last. The Complexspiral project is just brilliant and is so simple using just a few lines of CSS. In the very last project he reproduces the chapters layout in the book as a web-page. Which makes you think what did he do first, if the project is referencing a description of itself.
It really is a good book and I thoroughly enjoyed working on the projects. I could well purchase the companion volume, craftily titled More Eric Meyer on CSS. I can only hope that it doesn’t take me so long to work through it.