Jens Oliver Meiert

New Book: The Little Book of Website Quality Control

Post from September 27, 2016 (↻ April 19, 2020), filed under .

The hallmark of a professional is not the pursuit of activity, but the expertly pursuit thereof. What’s worth doing is worth doing well; and what’s done well exemplifies quality. A professional website is no exception. Sometimes it’s hard to tell, objectively, what’s done well, but then there are criteria and tools to help. What criteria and what tools I just sketched in another Little Book: The Little Book of Website Quality Control.

If you guess that the book relates to my quality efforts at Google as well as my work on tools collection, you’re right on both counts.

Format and Price Ebook (EPUB, MOBI, PDF), free
Paperback, not available
Extras Foreword by Kevin Khaw
Length 47 pages (PDF)
Language English
ISBN 978-1-4919-6633-4


The cover of “The Little Book of Website Quality Control.”

Why bother with quality control when building a website? Simple. Quality control (QC) helps you determine whether your site meets your own expectations and, more important, whether it meets professional best practices. Without QC, you have no way of telling whether your site is any good prior to unleashing it upon the world. QC can save you time, money, and a lot of anxiety.

This short book covers QC for several website aspects—such as security, functionality, and code quality—and provides links to many useful tools that can help you in each of these areas. Author Jens Oliver Meiert also explores important areas of QC in practice, which requires training and is dependent on team mindset, automation, and enforcement.

Due to key differences in approach, this ebook focuses specifically on quality control for websites rather than web apps.

This ebook covers:

  • Security
  • Accessibility
  • Usability
  • Performance
  • Functionality
  • Maintainability
  • Semantics
  • Validation
  • Design consistency and layout
  • Typography
  • Code quality
  • Coding standard compliance

Jens Oliver Meiert is a former senior developer and tech lead at Google, Aperto, and GMX, where he architected internal frameworks that married fast development with high quality code. He’s the author of several books, including The Little Book of HTML/CSS Frameworks and The Little Book of HTML/CSS Coding Guidelines (both O’Reilly).

❧ Special thanks, slightly extending the acknowledgments presented in the book, go to three teams: The 2001–2003 team of Open Knowledge, the 2008–2013 Google Webmaster Team, as well as the 2016 editors and production team of O’Reilly. Thank you; you all have been and you all are wonderful.

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Jens Oliver Meiert, on April 29, 2020.

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Perhaps my most relevant book: CSS Optimization Basics (2018). Writing CSS is a craft. As craftspeople we strive to write high quality CSS. In CSS Optimization Basics I lay out some of the most important aspects of such CSS. (Also available in a bundle with Upgrade Your HTML and The Web Development Glossary.)

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