Make no mistake, this is Dave Shea's germination of a website, but he has let it be a community
effort and everyone has their own special fruits and vegetables to grow and display. Molly
H0olzschlag bring sin her master gardening techniques from years of design experience from
preparing the web soil to harvesting the fruits of their web based labors. The Zen balance is there
working in the background instead of up front in the content.
They take ordinary to extraordinary! And they know what works and doesn't depending on
which Browser is being used at any given time. They show when to plant to avoid the early
morning killing frost of misbehaving browsers, yet demonstrate how best to water without over
watering or plant without overcrowding or under weeding.
This is not a beginner's book, but it is a must have keeper once you have started CSS gardening
on your own and have migrated from Styrofoam cups to acre plots.
It took me a while to get through this book, because each page is rich with information that
absorbs the mind. There are 7 chapters on source, design, layout, imagery, typography, special
effects and reconstruction with each chapter pages a different pastel color and attention to detail.
Much like the authors of the Logo books, even the masters share what they have learned along
the way and suggest how even what they did can be improved and even show how browser
obstacles can be overcome. Oh, and there are sidebars aplenty, with links for digging deeper too.
I became engrossed in font sizing, fixed vs. elastic design, image replacement techniques and the
last part on reconstruction goes from planning to final deliverable with notes along the way.
Why garden when you can go to the store? Why not learn from the masters, so you too can
become a master CSS Gardener! Hey, it's all in how it is presented, isn't it?
MPN, LLC 2005 macCompanion
August 2005, Volume 3 Issue 8