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WSS Update

Since the release of Web Standards Solutions, positive feedback has been received–some in the form of online reviews that I’ve been collecting.
Related to the book, just today friends of ED has published an interview where I not only talk about the book–but more important topics like the relationship between typefaces and seminal bands, robots, monkeys and more.
<tooting type="one's horn">And to top it off, I’ve just learned last week that a second printing of Web Standards Solutions is already in the works.</tooting>
I feel fortunate, humbled, and unexpectedly amazed by the success of the book thus far, as well as thankful for the kind words from those that have read and enjoyed it.

And the Winners Are…

Whoa. When I intitially planned the book giveaway, I envisioned myself writing each comment number on a sheet of paper, ripping them into little squares and drawing three winners out of a hat (a baseball cap of course, likely embroidered with a “B”). What I didn’t anticipate was the 485 comments that were entered in a mere 48 hours.

Writing 485 numbers was out of the question. Ryan suggested I write or use a script to randomly generate the three winning numbers. A great idea. I even took an easier route — employing the use of a random integer generator that completed the task through a simple web form.

And so it went. I entered the range (1-485) and number of random numbers desired (3) and clicked the “Get Numbers” button.

The Winning Numbers

Congratulations to:

  • 76 (Chantal Ide)
  • 222 (Peter)
  • 342 (Chris Luebbe)

Kindly send me your mailing addresses so that friends of ED can send you the goods.

A Bundle of Links

First of all, a big thank you to all those that entered. I wish I could give you each a free book. The flip-side to this is that we’ve amassed a gigantic list (naturally there are several repeats) of quality articles on the topic of web standards.

I’d love to convert the comments to a nice n’ tidy list at some point (volunteers? :-) — as I think it’ll be a wonderful bookmark filled with some indespensable info.

Thanks again for participating. And I of course must mention that if you didn’t win, the book can still end up in your hands by way of more traditional methods.

The Great Book Giveaway Contest

To celebrate the launch, and now availability, of Web Standards Solutions, I’m running a little book giveaway contest.

How to Enter

Add a comment (1 per person, anonymous comments will not be counted) to this entry with a link to your favorite article or weblog entry regarding web standards. The topic is wide open — markup practices, CSS tips and tricks, general web standards thoughts, etc. The idea here is twofold. Hopefully we’ll have a nice collection of links for people to browse, while at the same time we’ll have a pool of entries in order to pick a winner.

How to Win

To keep things fair, and to give everyone an equal chance to win, I’ll be drawing three numbers out of a hat (or some such device) — pure BINGO style. Each number corresponding to the number that’s automatically (and sequentially) assigned to each comment.

Entries must be received before 11:59pm EST on Friday June 18.

Update: The contest is now closed. The winners will be chosen and announced soon. Thanks to all who entered!

The Prizes

t-shirt and bookEach of the three winners will receive one free copy of Web Standards Solutions and one friends of ED T-shirt from the publisher. Did I mention that both were free? Delivered to you.

Good luck to all!

Pressed and Ready

I received word from a former neighbor that I had a UPS package delivered to our old address. Today I picked it up (luckily just a few blocks away), and it turned out to be my author copies of Web Standards Solutions.

stack o' booksBeing able to physically thumb through the book is very surreal. The results of a better part of a year are finally printed and ready for consumption. I couldn’t be happier with the way everything turned out. And I’m sure this means they’ll be shipping any day now from Amazon, and will hopefully start appearing in bookstores.

A single book can never be all things to all people, but I have high hopes for this little book. I hope that people enjoy it, as well as find it useful. It was fun to write and a gigantic learning experience.

As a teaser, here are a few of my favorite (yet corny and ridiculous) subheadings from the book:

  • Wrapper’s delight
  • Totally tabular
  • Worth its (font-)weight in bold

There are more of course… some better, mostly worse.

So if you haven’t ordered yet, now’s a good time to do so, as the wait won’t be long at all.

Web Standards Solutions: The Markup and Style Handbook

I’m excited to finally announce something that I’ve been working on for the last several months. I’ve written a book, titled Web Standards Solutions: The Markup and Style Handbook to be published by the fine folks at Apress, under their friends of ED series.
Book coverIt’s due to be released this spring, and is now available for pre-order at Amazon.
The book was inspired by the format of the SimpleQuiz — where the comparison of multiple methods leads to valuable knowledge that you can then apply to making your own informed decisions. After the comparison, many chapters include an “extra credit” section that goes on to an advanced related markup or CSS topic or technique.
The goal: to show not only how anyone can benefit from using web standards — but also why certain methods of markup and style work better than others. And it also serves as a culmination of sorts for many of the tips and tricks I’ve learned while building sites with web standards.
Much more about the book will be talked about here as the release date approaches, and I’ve set up a new section of this site, curiously named “book“, to collect it all. At present, there’s not a whole heck of a lot there — simply a description, link to pre-order and a few promotional buttons that you could use with your own referral account to get the word out on the book’s release.
It’s nice to finally talk about something that’s been occupying most of my time and energy for a long while now. Stay tuned.

Perhaps a Book

Rally Cap
Rally cap by web

Stemming from the SimpleQuiz, I’m looking rather seriously into putting the question and answer concept into a book. The scope would most likely be more of a “web standards FAQ” — with topics on structured markup as well as CSS tricks and tips and anything related.

What I’m looking for is a little help…

  • What topics would be important to you in this type of book?
  • What are common questions that one would come up against when diving into standards-compliant design/development?

The format is looking to be much the same as the Quiz: a series of topics each with a question posed, followed by exploration of available options, summary and extra tips based on the topic.

I’m open to hearing any and all suggestions. Feel free to email me directly as well. Thanks, fine people.