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Two New Books from DW Columnists

Carolyn Wood

March 27, 2007 at 8:24 PM

Microformats: Empowering Your Markup for Web 2.0, by our columnist John Allsopp, and The Art and Science of CSS by long-time Digital Web columnist Jonathan Snook (and others), are now in stock at Amazon—and, I assume, your local bookstore. Allsopp's book is 368 pages of practical, powerful, immediately usable info, covering every currently widely-used microformat in detail, both coding with HTML and styling with CSS, and case studies. If you remember westciv’s classic CSS tutorials, you know that he makes new subjects crystal clear.

Then there’s the Art and Science of CSS. Jonathan Snook drives me crazy. I just don't think it’s fair that someone as geeky and JavaScript-savvy as Jonathan is also such a talented designer. He’s the perfect author for a book like this. Add Steve Smith, Jina Bolton, Cameron Adams, and David Johnson, and my bet is it’s a good one. I haven't read it yet, but glancing at the copy I just got in the mail (I put it on my Christmas wishlist!) I see that it’s markup and code from front to back—no lengthy intros, no wasted words. That’s what I like: clear, practical, inspiring. Sitepoint usually has a downloadable chapter, so check it out to see if it’s right for your level of expertise.

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