Liquid or fluid layouts change width based on the user's unique device viewing size. These types of layouts have always been possible with tables but offer new design challenges as well as opportunities when built with CSS. This book, for experienced Web designers with some CSS experience, outlines how to do this successfully.

Designers will learn the benefits of flexible layouts and when to choose a liquid, elastic, or hybrid design. They will learn not only how to build a liquid layout from scratch using standards-compliant and cross-browser compatible (X)HTML and CSS, but will also learn how to design and slice their graphic comps in a way that makes flexible design achievable. This book will show designers that flexible layouts do not have to be visually boring or difficult to build when planned and built correctly. Even those who do not intend to build liquid layouts can use the concepts and techniques taught in this book to improve their fixed-width CSS designs, because they will learn how to design for the inherent flexibility of the web medium, instead of the rigid qualities of print media or table grid-based layouts.

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"Not A Great Book" - by Vikram on 01-FEB-2013
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This is not a great book for learning Flexible Web Design. It does present some concepts and ideas for creating flexible  web pages. It also points to a lot of example websites. But since this is an old book many of these websites have changed their design or no longer exixt.

The worst part of this book is that it does not show CSS codes for achieving flexible layout. It also does not discuss CSS problems and traps one can fall into and their solutions.

I will not recommend this book.

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"Flexible Web Design" - by netstat123 on 11-JUN-2012
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    Another strike out for me and a slow walk back to the search folder dugout. This book was not what I expected from my reading of its overview.
    The author gave me paragraph after paragraph of text explaining how wonderful Flex web design is and how it can be used: but only a few stingy pages with mark up examples of how to produce it.
    I can go to W3C and get more.
Once again I am stuck with a book I don't like on my 5book shelf. If I could get a book that helped maybe I would  turn a profit at web design and upgrade my Safari
    One more thing, page 27 is not needed, page 9 covered the same topic already.

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