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Dear friends,

I would like some help in picking out some web design books and finding online references.

First, can anyone recommend a good set of books on:

  • 1. HTML

    • Introductory book: basics on tags, includes, formatting, standards, browser interoperability, good practices

    • Intermediate book: accessibility and usability

  • 2. CSS

    • Introductory book: colors, styles, backgrounds, scalability

    • Intermediate book: reusability

  • 3. Server-side development

    • Introductory book: forms and PHP programming (Perl/CGI, Python, Ruby and JSP also, either in one volume or multiple ones), configuration tutorial a must, Wiki examples preferred

    • Intermediate book: Online databases, preferably with case studies on how to build whole, functioning portals, grid interfaces, and content management systems, but starting with basics such as dynamic server pages tied to mySQL and postgresql.

  • 4. Web layout and design

    • Introductory book: human-computer interface (HCI) guidelines, case studies

    • Intermediate book: ergonomics and HCI design

  • 5. Web graphics and text

    • Introductory book: image editing packages, fonts, libraries

    • Intermediate book: animation (Flash, GIF also in a single or separate title)

Many thanks in advance!



( 6 comments — Leave a comment )
Jun. 15th, 2005 06:14 pm (UTC)
I don't really have anything I could recommend, but if/when you decide on the books for some of the above let me know what you picked. Reading the list gives me the urge for some independent study (especially on server-side development and web layout and design).
Jun. 15th, 2005 06:45 pm (UTC)
Paying it forward
Will do - any good references I get, I will pass along, along with titles of books that I decide upon.

Jun. 15th, 2005 06:42 pm (UTC)
For basic server side programming, check out the offerings from sitepoint. They put a lot of chapters online, and they've made their entire book Build your own Database Driven Website using PHP & MySQL freely available online. One criticism I have is that they jump right into object-oriented PHP programming but really gloss over what OO is all about. I'd recommend reading on good OO design as a co-req for anyone going through that book.

As for UI and HCI issues: of course no reading list is complete without the incomparable Web Pages That Suck dot com. Also, there are a number of good, accessible, essays on the subject from Bruce Tognazzini and designbasics.co.uk. For more advanced reading, check out Boxes and Arrows.

Also, 37 signals, whose blog I quite enjoy (and occasionally features design-related musings), published a nice introductory paper on how to design a website.
Jun. 15th, 2005 06:45 pm (UTC)
Thanks very much!
I will read through all of these tonight.

Jun. 15th, 2005 07:15 pm (UTC)
Re: Thanks very much!
Also, on the sitepoint thing, I take back the bit about putting the whole book online. It's just the first four chapters. Still, I find myself visiting that site regularly to get answers to "how do I go about doing this" questions.
Jun. 16th, 2005 06:15 am (UTC)
First four chapters - it's a start
Yeah, so I saw. Good stuff, though.
I really need to get reading.
Thanks again!

Practice makes perfect. Recently I had to do some touch-up work and add about 10% of the content to this site, which was originally developed by istari_ala from a design by Jen Foltz and Steve Welch.

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