This book begins with a short introduction about Html and xHtml including differences between both syntaxs. But this is a very short introduction that shows interesting examples from its front pages, like the paragraph that deals about “quirks mode” or same famous web sites like If someone takes away the DTD everything collapses.

We are reminded the subject about the boxes model in previous browsers like IE4,IE5, IE5.5, where the content took the margins, + the edge, + the padding as a box measure, and not as current browsers that only takes the content. There are many ways to treat them (hacks), but the most common is the one that uses conditional comments.

Urls to deepen:


Later, it talks about style sheets. It explains how to work with styles for big sites. It also introduces us to microformats ( and how to obtain the famous vcard.

In the same chapter (chapter 2), I have discovered something important: the way to solve the problem about showing text/css files in apache, a common problem when stylesheets don´t load. We can fix it with a simple line in the. Htaccess.

In chapter three we are going to work with Ajax and Unobtrusive Scripting. This chapter makes some brief references to how to work with jQuery. It also mentions other Frameworks “ where a great approach is done despiste of Frameworks is done by Ajax. Where the use of themselve has to be thought previously

In the next chapter there is an example of a CSS style declaration.

input[type=submit] { }


Where it can be assigned only to buttons since in some cases inputs are defined affecting text and buttons. This is a point to consider

Chapter 4 talks about software applications using and because I am not currently working with it I have forgotten it a bit

In chapter 6 we can see real work cases such as We can see the way they began and how they created it own prototype, it site map and how to deal with clients. They decided to use a cms open source (ExpressionEngine´s) and they show us the texts they used in their meetings. Very interesting.


The same approach is repeated in the case: they focus on the webpage sizes and show us JS codes to calculate the size of a site. They also explain some advices for developing big sites.


This is not a big book, there are only 288 pages and my last contribution can be found in the appendix to checking the optimizing page load:

There are some references to Firebug and finally references to CSS selectors. We knew about some of them and others we didn’t know.

It is a very interesting book and quiet easy to read, because in a day you can grasp all its contents.

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# Published Dec 14, 2007 by New Riders.
# Copyright 2008
# Dimensions 7 X 9
# Pages: 288
# Edition: 1st.


Adapting To Web Standards Css and Ajax for Big Sites
Christopher Schmitt, Kimberly Blessing, Rob Cherny, Meryl K. Evans, Kevin Lawver, Mark Trammell