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Pro CSS for High Traffic Websites

Available from Apress and published in mid-2011, this book explores the challenges of working in large teams, on websites that receive considerable traffic.

Rather than focusing on the latest and flashiest techniques for image replacement or cross-browser rounded corners, it is concerned with improving the performance of your website (both for your users' and your organisation's benefit), making it easy for newcomers to teams to easily comprehend and add to existing code and for CSS within your infrastructure to be considered from the outset and built in a sane and performant manner.

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Contents at a Glance

  1. Chapter 1: The Value of Process
  2. Chapter 2: CSS Style Guide
  3. Chapter 3: Fundamentals
  4. Chapter 4: Frameworks and Integration
  5. Chapter 5: Brand Implementation
  6. Chapter 6: CSS and Accessibility
  7. Chapter 8: Performance
  8. Chapter 9: Dynamic CSS
  9. Chapter 10: Testing and Debugging
  10. Chapter 11: Creating Your CSS
  11. Appendix 1: CSS Standards Guide
  12. Appendix 2: Accessibility Guidelines
  13. Appendix 3: Browser Support Guidelines
  14. Appendix 4: Development Process

The authors

Antony Kennedy

Antony Kennedy currently describes himself as a senior front-end engineer. He has worked on many high-traffic sites for companies such as the BBC, BSkyB, Tesco, Disney, and Channel4. He is an advocate of good processes and agile development, and writes (infrequently) about them and web development on his blog Zeroed and Noughted. He has released an album on iTunes, which is in absolutely no danger of threatening the charts any time soon.

Antony particularly enjoys arguing, fixing broken processes, and demonstrating that you can be agile in a waterfall business environment. His doorbell tweets him pictures of people that ring it. He is very difficult to buy presents for.

Inayaili de León

Inayaili de León is a London-based web designer from Portugal who currently works for Canonical (the creators of Ubuntu). Self-taught when it comes to web design, Inayaili has a degree in Communications Design.

Working on content-heavy web applications is a challenge and a pleasure that she will happily take on, transforming what could easily look like a mess into user-friendly designs. Clean, semantic, and efficient HTML and CSS are a must when converting those designs into the Web, and it is a subject that she is passionate about.

Inayaili speaks at conferences when she can and writes for 24 Ways, Smashing Magazine, and .net magazine as well as on her own blog, Web Designer Notebook.

Example website

Igloo Refrigerator Parts Inc.' website

In order to demonstrate the suggestions and tips put forward in the book, an example website for the fictional company Igloo Refrigerator Parts Inc was created. In this example site, all the book's chapters are put to practical use.

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Photography kindly provided by Paddy Donnelly.