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Biased New Book Recommendation

From: Kynn Bartlett <kynn@idyllmtn.com>
Date: Fri, 22 Dec 2000 14:06:24 -0800
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Today I've been skimming over the new book by Molly
Holzschlag, "Special Edition Using XHTML", and it looks
great to me.

But, I am biased.  I contributed two chapters to this book
and I tech edited most of it, so I feel a sense of, hm, not
quite "parental pride", maybe "proud uncle".

Besides the fact that I think Molly is a good, clear
writer who produces very readable and enjoyable books on
web design, I am also pleased with the pervasive emphasis
on accessibility and sound principles of web design found
throughout this book.  Usually I cringe when reading web
authoring books, but I think this promotes a very sane
viewpoint which is compatible with WAI philosophy.

(And, hopefully I caught any accidental accessibility
omissions in the tech editing process, although it's possible
one or two might have slipped through.  If you find any 
missing alt text in the examples, yell at me.)

Of the two chapters which I wrote, I'm happiest with the
one on XSLT, which provides an introduction to how you can
do practical transformations of XHTML.  Obviously, it's
limited by the scope of the book; the examples are rather
trite, but I think they're enough to get web designers
thinking about the possibility of using XSLT to effect
structural changes.  And the nice picture of Edapta's 
dear departed web page was nice to see in print.

I've set up a forwarding link to the book's entry on


Full disclosure:  That reference uses my wife's Amazon.com
affiliate id, so she may make a few cents if you buy the
book that way.


Kynn Bartlett  <kynn@idyllmtn.com>                    http://kynn.com/
Sr. Engineering Project Leader, Reef-Edapta       http://www.reef.com/
Chief Technologist, Idyll Mountain Internet   http://www.idyllmtn.com/
Contributor, Special Edition Using XHTML     http://kynn.com/+seuxhtml
Unofficial Section 508 Checklist           http://kynn.com/+section508
Received on Friday, 22 December 2000 17:07:47 UTC

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