Jens Oliver Meiert

On Updating a Book (Webdesign mit CSS, 2nd Edition)

Post from May 3, 2007 (↻ October 4, 2017), filed under and .

I’m still working on the second edition of Webdesign mit CSS (in German, estimated release in August). And I can say: I like this work, though updating a book’s more challenging than starting from scratch. It looks like less work at first, but that work’s different.

Some changes in the next edition:

If that’s no outlook for an updated CSS design book.

Sometimes I would have loved to start all over again as it’s more difficult to change the path once you’re moving (and we entered the highway more than two years ago). This affects certain didactic things and several designs but also minor things like coding guidelines—but what’s the cost of problem of personally “undesired” uppercase color values? From time to time I’ve also liked to write more about information design, information architecture, or usability but that’s out of scope and not really critical in a CSS book.

The book will continue to promote a consistent, clean, and straightforward approach towards web standards. So while I still debate all things perfectionist, let’s look forward to the new Webdesign mit CSS! [And there it is.]

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Jens Oliver Meiert, photo of April 19, 2019.

Jens Oliver Meiert is a technical lead and author (sum.cumo, W3C, O’Reilly). He loves trying things, including in the realms of philosophy, art, and adventure. Here on meiert.com he shares and generalizes and exaggerates some of his thoughts and experiences.

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