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The Zen of CSS Design : Comments

By Karen Morrill-McClure

February 23, 2005



February 24, 2005 4:45 AM

Not exactly an informative review.


February 24, 2005 6:38 AM

how so?

paul haine

February 24, 2005 9:02 AM

It was a little…brief, wasn’t it? Almost like it was depressed.


February 24, 2005 9:55 AM

I liked the review. Just the information I needed to make my preorder purchase.

I’m sure it will be worth the wait.

Shipping estimate for these items:
April 30, 2005 – April 30, 2005
Delivery estimate:
May 3, 2005 – May 5, 2005


February 24, 2005 10:26 AM

Well, you have a “Background”, a “Quick Review”, and a “Summary” section in a rather lightweight and short piece. Sentences like “The book is all about the designs on the CSS Zen Garden…” are just lazy writing. Of course that’s what the book is about; that’s the title after all.


February 24, 2005 11:50 AM

Thanks for the insight on the book, can’t wait to get my hands on a copy.


February 24, 2005 1:01 PM

I thought it was an alright review. I don’t see how you could make it fuller, or seem less lazy, theres not that much to it – its a book on using CSS with design, how-to’s, and particularly ‘why’ you use the things you do when designing.

I don’t think a book could ever teach you how to design, its up to you [the designer] to come up with that. But, a book like this, tells you WHY you should do things a certain way in CSS, and essentially how to code it, and use it correctly.

Great review – it definately cleared some questions I had of the book.

Jessica Lopez

February 25, 2005 8:53 AM

Once again, an interesting interview. Thanks for posting this.

Adam Bouskila

February 25, 2005 2:35 PM

I can’t wait to get my hands on this lovely book.

Karen Morrill-McClure

February 26, 2005 11:50 AM

I was concerned about the length at well, but was a little stuck on what else to put in. I picked up some good CSS tips from the book, but most were very esoteric, so wasn’t sure I should go into them (in fears of losing any beginning CSS’ers) and the design guidelines were good, but I’ve seen them elsewhere.

What would you guys like to see in a review? Quotes? More detailed description of what’s in the book?


February 28, 2005 4:07 AM

Liked the review. This looks like a great book (see the pics on Dave’s site). Do we really have to wait till April? When will we get this book in Europe ( Any faster way of ordering from over here?

Will Chatham

February 28, 2005 9:33 AM

I thought it was a good, informative review. It told me exactly what I needed to know about whether or not to buy this book. And yes, I will be buying it!


February 28, 2005 2:00 PM

Very informative review. So far I am reading great stuff about this book. Another great review of this book is at Can’t wait for my copy to arrive.

Maksim Rossomachin

March 11, 2005 7:43 PM

Russian translation

Daniel Gotilla

March 20, 2005 1:02 PM

As an experienced CSS Designer I felt the review did a good job of making the book’s purpose clear and to place it in context alongside CSS: The Definitive Guide and Eric Meyer on CSS. I will surely buy and read the book, but plan on keeping it around mostly to lend out to friends considering the transition from table to css-based design; the idea is to whet their appetite by giving them a glimpse of what can be accomplished. Thanks, Karen.

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