Please accept our sincere apologies for the amount of time this book has been in beta. It’s not our usual practice to have a book take this long, but as with software projects, sometimes unexpected delays take hold.
But we’re finally headed to the printers now, which will take a little longer than usual as this is a color book. We expect to start shipping paperback copies around the end of November / beginning of December or so.
We’d like to thank you for your patience, so if you login to your account, you’ll see we’ve added a coupon for 35% off anything in our store (excluding titles we don’t publish, such as the original The Pragmatic Programmer and the SitePoint titles).
Thank you, and we hope you continue to enjoy the book!
In this beta we’ve rounded out the site building process by adding a chapter on making a printer friendly version of your page. After that it’s time to prepare for the launch. You’ll find five new chapters that describe everything from Accessibility and usability to Search Engine Optimization. We’ll look at strategies for testing and improving your site and you’ll look at the issues involved in supporting different browsers. You’ll also learn to build a favicon. There are six new chapters in this beta. We look forward to your comments.
In the last beta you finished the design of the website and started to use XHTML to build the structure. In this beta we add four chapters to take you through the rest of the build process. You’ll learn to slice up your design and add the graphics to your site. You’ll style your site with CSS. You’ll learn a technique for preserving the type for your headings so that they remain accessible and searchable.
Thank you for all of your feedback in the forums and through submitting errata. This beta has addressed all of the errata and has added three new chapters. You’ll start to add content to your design mockup. Although these elements are not functional, you’ll mock a tag cloud, a searchbox, and the main content. You’ll learn to create a search icon and buttons for allowing your users to log in to your sight and signup for feedback.
With your design mockup complete, it’s time to start building the site. We’ll begin with a look at XHTML and how to structure your home page using web standards. You’ll create the framework for the homepage and start adding components to it.