A Book Apart, and living in the future

If you aren’t aware, the fine folks who give you A List Apart and An Event Apart, have launched their own small book imprint. Amazingly enough, it’s called A Book Apart. The aim of their books is to have short, digestible and focused books on web development topics that can get the reader up to speed quickly.

Their second title is called CSS3 for Web Designers by Dan Cederholm. He’s been the author of a number of books on CSS, and have largely informed my approach to front end development. I looked forward to this book eagerly, and bought the epub version to read on my iPad.

The book is available from the iBooks store as well, but do purchase from them directly. Yeah, it’s Paypal, so it’s a pain, but they get their full cut that way and that’s a good thing!

The other reason you should buy the epub version of the book directly from A Book Apart is because they include the bonus ‘video’ version.

Once you get that loaded up in your iPad, and open it in the iBooks app, you will see sprinkled throughout the book embedded videos. They’re usually 8 seconds or so, and only serve to demonstrate the various CSS3 techniques discussed in the book. What they really bring, though, is clarity in explanation.

You get to see CSS animations take place in a book on CSS animations.

I tell ya, we live in the future.

I also have to commend A Book Apart for their judicious use of embedded video. They only included it where it truly helped the content, and didn’t go overboard. I’m not sure I would have been capable of the same restraint.

The ebook is only $9 – go check it out!

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Web Fonts – Who will blink first?

So apparently the new Google Fonts project does not include the SVG font format. What does that mean?

The beautiful custom web fonts won’t work on the iPad, iPhone or iPod touch.


All that means is that users on those devices willl see you fallback fonts instead.

This saddens me, as I’ve lately been doing more and more of my casual surfing on an iPad. I think that the web is about to become a much more visually interresting place, and I’ll be missing out on it.

So the question is: who blinks first? Apple and Google are becoming cutthroat competitors, so I’m not sure if there will ever be a happy solution for users.

Ultimately, I’d like to see Apple add the support to their mobile Safari browsers than the other way around. I think that is better for the development community at large, and will benefit the users the most in the long term.

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