|isn't this cover lovely?|
Reading is a wholly visual process, and Duckett takes full advantage of that by making his pages a graphic treasure. The liberal use of negative space helps me from feeling overwhelmed, and on the more informationally dense pages, he utilizes light and dark grays to ease me in.
|from duckett's booksite.|
I have read many code books ( and textbooks! ) where the information is simply spewed out in long paragraphs. It is as if the author is rushing to the finish, expecting us to keep pace and understand it as well as he does. Duckett refrains from such a practice. Instead, he takes his time, is methodical and thoughtful in the way he presents his information.
|a type cheat sheet i made for myself back when i first read this book :D|
did you know oblique and italic are not the same thing?! my mind was blown.
Programming books like this can very easily stray into "cure for insomnia" category: they become increasingly dense and dry as the chapters progress. But, this book is one of the few exceptions. It is consistently fresh and bursting with color, while giving a great foundation in HTML & CSS ( especially if one is a newbie, like I was ).
Speaking of color, anyone who has coded anything knows just how powerful color schemes are. It makes reading and understanding what I write so much easier. Not only that, in the right environment, it makes my code pretty. :)
|a project i'm working on now. not html based. ^^|