Authors: Thomas Fuchs and Amy Hoy
- Concise, easy-to-follow advice with good examples
- Some overlap with other treatments of the same subject, such as posts on Ajaxian or the Steve Souders books, which reinforces the learning
- Download includes the DOM Monster bookmarklet, which assesses a given page for conformance with the book’s recommended techniques
- Casual, breezy tone in the prose which is hard to tolerate for very long
- Idiosyncratic landscape format for page layout; difficult to read onscreen, terrible for printing out
More problematic is the book’s visual design. I’ve looked several times at the landscape-oriented pages, trying to understand why they aren’t given the conventional portrait format. I think the intention is that each page’s content falls “above the fold,” and the reader won’t need to scroll down to read it entirely. However, on my monitor, this perfect layout only arrives when I reduce the page size in Acrobat Reader to 75%, which also reduces the fonts below my preferred level. In any case, thinking of alternate presentations for this material is a needless distraction from it.