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Thanks and Praise

Thanks and Praise

I wrote this book, but many hands guided mine.

I am indebted to Jennifer Eberhardt at New Riders. Without her patience and persistence, this book would have stalled many times. Michael Nolan brought me to New Riders in 2000, for which I am grateful, and played a supporting role in the creation of this book. Chris Nelson encouraged me, and David Dwyer cleverly suggested I write this book when I had proposed instead a treatise to be called The Little Orange Book of Web Design.

In revising the text, I relied on the insights of two gifted technical editors. J. David Eisenberg is a teacher, a member of The Web Standards Project, and the author of SVG Essentials (http://www.oreilly.com/catalog/svgess/). Eric Meyer is a force behind Netscape's standards evangelism and the author of Eric Meyer on CSS (http://www.ericmeyeroncss.com/), whose title still embarrasses him. Both men are also my friends. You should be so lucky.

My thanks to the partners and colleagues with whom I was able to try out many of the techniques described in this book: Brian Alvey, Leigh Baker-Foley, Hillman Curtis, Nick Finck, Dennis James, Jamal Kales, Erin Kissane, Bruce Livingstone, Tanya Rabourn, Brad Ralph, Ian Russell, and Waferbaby. My gratitude also to Happy Cog's clients during the year I wrote this book, especially Steve Broback, Don Buckley, Eric Etheridge, Andrew Lin, Alec Pollak, and Randy Walker. Thanks for seeking the kind of work we do, indulging the occasional failed experiments, and paying those invoices.

Anything I've gotten right is largely due to Tantek Çelik, Joe Clark, Todd Fahrner, and (again) Eric Meyer. They know more than I ever will but think no less of me.

Without George Olsen and Glenn Davis there would not have been a Web Standards Project, and without the Project by now we would be coding every site fifteen ways. Thanks, gents, for helping to change the world.

I am grateful to every member of the Project's steering committee but wish to especially thank Tim Bray for the wit, Steven Champeon for keeping it on a higher plane, and Dori Smith for keeping it real. Thanks, too, to Rachel and Andrew for working so well with Macromedia and with its user community.

Jeffrey Veen may not realize it, but he helped me learn to relax as a public speaker and that enabled me to more effectively spread the message of web standards.

I learned from every supporter of The Web Standards Project and gained even more from its detractors, for it was their concerns that demanded an answer and their objections that helped shape the group's strategy between 1998 and 2002.

Thanks to the browser engineers who have worked so hard over the past three years, overcoming great odds and small budgets to truly deliver on the promise of web standards.

Thanks also to Janet Daly, Karl Dubost, Håkon Lie, Molly Holzschlag, Meryl Evans, and Michael Schmidt. And to Douglas Bowman, Owen Briggs, Chris Casciano, Eric Costello, Todd Dominey, Craig Saila, Christopher Schmitt, Mark Newhouse, and Waferbaby for pioneering CSS layouts. And to hundreds of web designers whose work invigorates and inspires us all. This book would double in size if I tried to list and thank you all, but you know who you are.

Special thanks to those designers whose work orbits a different planet from the one described in this book—people like Warren Corbitt, Joshua Davis, Matt Owens, and Lee Misenheimer. Your work challenges me to think twice about everything I do and believe as a web designer. There is room for both our visions.

I want to thank my father Maurice for co-authoring me and to wish him and his bride Katherine continued health, love, and happiness.

This book is for Carrie. I love you, Baby.

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