Favorite Web Development And Design References


While at lunch today, we got on to the conversation of web design and web development resources.  I have sitting on my desk at all times, well, unless I’m using them at home:

I’ve got a few other books that I keep handy, though I’m noticeably missing an HTML book, and a copy of the W3C CSS 2.1 spec. 

I’ve got a few websites that I like to keep an eye on for resources, for example, color charts, HTML escape sequences, and such.

What about you, what are your favorite sites/books?  What’s sitting on your desk?

Comments (3)

  1. Lenny says:

    Here’s a good website for creating drop down CSS Menus and Flyout Menus that seem to work in Firefox/ie6/ie7

    http://www.cssplay.co.uk/menus/menu_builder_flyout.html

  2. Jay Dobson says:

    I keep the ASP.NET 2.0 Unleashed on-hand at all times.  I call it my big orange Bible.  I find the Unleashed books great.  When I purchased the .NET 1.1 version some of the binding was coming out, so I e-mailed the company to let them know that their book was great, but there were some binding issues.  Less than a week later I had a brand new book at my door…

  3. thacker says:

    A couple of rather different resources that I use and have bookmarked–

    One is the obfuscation of e-Mail addresses by coding them in hex code.  It is simple and fubars e-Mail harvesters while still allowing Web visitors the convenience of using a genuine e-Mail address from within the content:

    http://www.u.arizona.edu/~trw/spam/spam2.htm

    The others deal with accessibility issues.

    The Trace Project from the University of Wisconsin has a unique tool, recently introduced this year, for checking Web content, video, Flash, et al for possible issues that may trigger photosensitive seizures:

    http://trace.wisc.edu/peat/

    Vischeck is a resource for colorblindness.  They have available an excellent plug-in for Photoshop.

    http://www.vischeck.com/index.php

    Another interesting section of the Vischeck Web site is their Daltonize algorithm.  

    http://www.vischeck.com/daltonize/

    Including this algorithm within IE.NEXT would provide colorblind users the ability to have Web content automatically adjusted for colorblindness.  Or, perhaps, as a control for Orcas, integration into the Expression product line?

    As far as hard copies — The Visibone Laminated Browser Book is a handy quick cheat-sheet.

    http://www.visibone.com/products/browserbook.html

    For a hardcover guide on Accessibility issues:

    http://www.hisoftware.com/uaccess/Index.html

    Miscellaneous:

    The Zen of CSS Design by Holzschlag and Shea.

    Every new client must purchase and read Zeldman’s book:

    Designing with Web Standards.