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


  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:


    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:


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


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


    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.


    For a hardcover guide on Accessibility issues:



    The Zen of CSS Design by Holzschlag and Shea.

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

    Designing with Web Standards.