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Wanted: CSS Luminary

Recently, I had a conversation with an editor at a relatively well-known and respected publisher about a CSS book concept they’re pursuing.  I don’t want to give too much away about the book itself, since it’s their idea and not mine, but I will say that the concept more or less requires that the book’s author be a recognized name in the CSS and Web design community.

For various reasons, I’m not able to take on the project myself, so we were bouncing around various names of other people who might be a good fit.  I shared some of my ideas, but I felt like I was struggling, and after we hung up I felt like I hadn’t really been a big help.  That bothered me, so I’m going to put this to you, dear readers: tell me who would automatically make you take a CSS book seriously and consider buying it just on the strength of the name alone.  (Remember, I’m not able to take this project, so don’t say, “Why, yours, Eric!” unless you want to be derided as a pointless suck-up.)  You should probably list a couple of names, just in case you all pick one person as your primary and he or she isn’t available to do the book, either.  After a week or so I’ll pass the results on to the publisher.  Even if someone else has already named your top choice(s), list them again.  The most commonly-listed names will be the ones who are at the top of the list.

So the floor is open.  Let’s hear some names!

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    • Mon 5 Jul 2004
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    Nick Fitzsimons wrote in to say...

    Looks like Tantek might be freeing up some time right now…

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    John Y. wrote in to say...

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    • Mon 5 Jul 2004
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    Isofarro wrote in to say...

    Dave Shea (I do hope he was one of the guys you initially mentioned!). Patrick Lauke (aka redux) – his stuff is very impressive.

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    • Mon 5 Jul 2004
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    DH wrote in to say...

    Dan Cederholm, perhaps a somewhat obvious choice, but his site is invaluable (and as soon as amazon care to deliver it – his book will be too, I’m sure). Andy Budd is another who I think is very knowledgeable as well as always being clear and sensible. Hope this helps.

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    • Mon 5 Jul 2004
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    Matt Pennell wrote in to say...

    Shea or Bowman. Andy Budd too.

    Paul O’Brien definitely knows his stuff too, although you wouldn’t know it from his site.

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    • Mon 5 Jul 2004
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    Faruk Ates wrote in to say...

    Forgetting time-issues on all authors, I’d say:

    Dan Cederholm – simplebits.com;
    Dave Shea – mezzoblue.com;
    Jeffrey Zeldman – zeldman.com;
    Douglas Bowman – stopdesign.com;
    Andy Budd – andybudd.com;
    D. Keith Robinson – 7nights.com/asterisk;
    Andrei Herasimchuk – designbyfire.com

    A book by one of them would certainly interest me far more than a book by someone NOT one of them (excluding yourself, Eric – does that count as being a suck-up? ;))

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    • Mon 5 Jul 2004
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    Philippe wrote in to say...

    Yet another book about CSS ? I wouldn’t let the designers speak, at least no upfront. Something that goes more to the core, as an extension to The definiteve Guide ? Something like, what is possible now, what can be done, but need a little help for IE… Project lead by Tantek Çelick, with some input from Dave Hyatt (Safari), Ian ‘hixie’ Hickson; add Simon Willison or Patrick Griffiths for that little help for IE (js).

    • #13
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    • Mon 5 Jul 2004
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    Jonathan Batchelor wrote in to say...

    Dave Shea, Douglas Bowman and Jeffrey Zeldman are the 3 that come to mind other than you.

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    • Mon 5 Jul 2004
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    ACJ wrote in to say...

    Tantek Çelik
    Bert Bos
    Ian Hixie
    Dave Shea
    • Me. :p

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    • #16
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    • Mon 5 Jul 2004
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    Dave Marks wrote in to say...

    Some of these people might not be CSS Guru’s as such, but given that i read them regularly via their blogs, I would defintly buy anything released by them

    Doug Bowman
    D Keith Robinson
    Dave Shea
    Dan Cederholm
    Cameron Moll
    Mike Davidson

    Presumably someone at 37 Signals does CSS – i’d buy anything by them

    • #17
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    • Mon 5 Jul 2004
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    Christopher wrote in to say...

    I’m biased, but I would suggest Christopher Schmitt. ;-)

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    • Mon 5 Jul 2004
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    Trev Morris wrote in to say...

    Dave Shea, Jeffrey Zeldman & Andy Budd.

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    • Mon 5 Jul 2004
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    Oli wrote in to say...

    All of the above, plus Petr Stanicek (Pixy) and John Allsopp.

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    • Mon 5 Jul 2004
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    Simon Willison wrote in to say...

    I’ll second John and Holly.

    • #21
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    Greg K Nicholson wrote in to say...

    Shea, Bowman, Herasimchuk, Zeldman

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    • Mon 5 Jul 2004
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    Robert Lofthouse wrote in to say...

    Andy Budd
    Jeremy Keith
    D Keith Robinson

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    • Mon 5 Jul 2004
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    Malarkey wrote in to say...

    How about a group effort, perhaps a pack of young and hungry Brits (about time stuff like this crossed the atlantic ;) )…

    My vote goes to Andy Budd, Simon Collison, Jon Hicks, Dunstan Orchard and Jeremy Keith.

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    Malarkey wrote in to say...

    How about a pack of young-and-hungry Brits in a group effort?

    My vote goes to Andy Budd, Simon Collison, Jon Hicks, Dunstan Orchard and Jeremy Keith.

    About time some of this stuff crossed the Atlantic ;)

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    • Mon 5 Jul 2004
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    Laurens Holst wrote in to say...

    Shea, John and Holly…

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    Karl Ove Hufthammer wrote in to say...

    H

    • #27
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    • Mon 5 Jul 2004
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    Oliver Roick wrote in to say...

    1. Douglas Bowman
    2. D. Keith Robinson
    3. Dave Shea

    • #28
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    • Mon 5 Jul 2004
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    nasu wrote in to say...

    Zeldman, Shea, Cederholm, Budd, Bowman

    • #29
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    • Mon 5 Jul 2004
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    Michael wrote in to say...

    I second Paul O’Brien.

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    • Mon 5 Jul 2004
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    Shane Shepherd wrote in to say...

    I’m pretty new to CSS. I really enjoyed Molly Holzschlag’s book “Cascading Style Sheets, The Designer’s Edge”…being the book I bought before I discovered Eric!

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    • Mon 5 Jul 2004
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    Joseph Lindsay wrote in to say...

    Dan Cederholm
    Andrei Herasimchuk
    D. Keith Robinson
    Dave Shea

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    David Heacock wrote in to say...

    My vote is for Molly Holzschlag. Ive struggled with a bunch of books on this topic and found her writing, organization and style to be the best. And I have two of your books to compare, but please take no offense.

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    esworp wrote in to say...

    Patrick Griffiths – htmldog.com – another Brit.

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    • Mon 5 Jul 2004
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    Adrian Lee wrote in to say...

    Dave Shea, Dave Shea, and, ah, Dave Shea.

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    • Mon 5 Jul 2004
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    Glutnix wrote in to say...

    Tantek, Hixie, Zeldman… Need I say more?

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    • Mon 5 Jul 2004
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    Sergi wrote in to say...

    no one said Russ Weakley ???????

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    • Mon 5 Jul 2004
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    lala wrote in to say...

    My votes would be for:

    D. Keith Robinson

    D. Keith Robinson

    D. Keith Robinson

    D. Keith Robinson

    D. Keith Robinson

    and maybe D. Keith Robinson or D. Keith Robinson and D. Keith Robinson, but not D. Keith Robinson
    .

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    • Mon 5 Jul 2004
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    Alberto Patelli L. E. wrote in to say...

    Layout with fixed ‘width’? …I prefer the fluid and proportional layouts, where all columns have an elastic ‘width’. In my opinion, Cameron Adams is the best web designer of the moment, despite one of the columns has always a fixed ‘width’. I see his site very well under WinXP with Gecko, Opera and IE 6: with this browser, the 1 pixel border of Meyerweb.com between the content-layer and the menu is quite *wrong*. I would suggest Eric to bring the cellular phone and give Cameron Adams a ring… :-)

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    • Mon 5 Jul 2004
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    mjh wrote in to say...

    1. Zeldman
    2. Holly and John
    3. Cederholm

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    • Mon 5 Jul 2004
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    Gordon Currie wrote in to say...

    I think I would probably nominate Big John (John Gallant) at Positioniseverything.net. He has a great understanding of CSS and most important he participates on most of the CSS discussion groups and is very focused on making things work.

    I might also recommend Peter Gifford at Universal Head. He’s very talented and his work ethic is awesome. He’s very much in demand so time might be an issue.

    Andy Budd would be a good choice as well.

    I might have suggested all the big guns (Dave Shea, Zeldman, Boweman etc ) but these guys are all very busy and I don’t know if they would have time to do a book right now.

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    • Mon 5 Jul 2004
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    Lachlan Hunt wrote in to say...

    I would have to say Dave Shea. I find both his writing and design skills second to none, and would definatley buy his book.

    It will be interesting to find out what the concept for the book is — it’s a shame you couldn’t give us more information. Oh well, I guess we’ll just have to wait and see.

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    Nick Cowie wrote in to say...

    Depends on the project:

    If it is more of technical biais, ie converting the reader’s or other designs to CSS – Big John and Holly.

    If it has a more creative biais, taking a concept and creating a good CSS based design from that concept – Patrick Griffiths, Cameron Moll or Dave Shea.

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    • Tue 6 Jul 2004
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    Kevin H. Stecyk wrote in to say...

    My vote is for Stu Nicholls. You can view his excellent CSS site called Cutting Edge CSS”. If you haven’t already viewed his site, then you should have a look as it is well worth the effort.

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    • Tue 6 Jul 2004
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    mike burnard wrote in to say...

    Cederholm, Shea, Storey, Zeldman

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    Devon wrote in to say...

    H

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    • Tue 6 Jul 2004
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    David McCreath wrote in to say...

    It would depend on the thrust of the book. For an advanced book about pushing the limits, I’d vote for Doug Bowman. Dave Shea and Dan Cederholm would be close seconds in that category. For nuts and bolts “how to deal with this stuff”, I think Holly and John would be great. For a holistic “using CSS in the process of building a great web site”, I’d go with D. Keith.

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    • Tue 6 Jul 2004
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    Chris Rollins wrote in to say...

    If its about the ins and outs of CSS then I’d say Simon Willison, Patrick Griffiths, Russ Weakley, John Allsopp or maybe Ann van Kesteren. If it’s more about creating stunning designs then just look through the Zen Garden for names (Mike Pick, Jon Hicks, Shaun Inman and (obviously) Doug Bowman jump to mind).

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    • Tue 6 Jul 2004
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    Manu wrote in to say...

    John and Holly for the skillful explanations… Andy Budd comes to my mind too.

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    • Tue 6 Jul 2004
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    Ben de Groot wrote in to say...

    Dave Shea, Cameron Adams, Dan Cederholm, Doug Bowman, Andrei Herasimchuk, Didier Hilhorst, Egor Kloos, Jon Hicks, Andy Budd, Jeremy Keith, Kevin Davis, Russ Weakley, Holly Bergevin

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    • Tue 6 Jul 2004
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    Phoat Spyro wrote in to say...

    I think I should be considered to write the book! :P

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    • Tue 6 Jul 2004
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    Dan wrote in to say...

    Dave Shea or, stay with me now, Danny Goodman.

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    Gabe wrote in to say...

    Doug Bowman, Dave Shea, or Dan Cederholm

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    AndyT wrote in to say...

    Dave Shea gets my vote.

    Also Jeffrey Zeldman and Douglas Bowman.

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    • Tue 6 Jul 2004
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    Matt wrote in to say...

    I’d say Dave Shea or Tantek. Howzabout me? :P

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    • Tue 6 Jul 2004
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    Matt Heerema wrote in to say...

    hmm… no one mentioned Mike Davidson? Or is he being blacklisted for his anti-validation badge… :)

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    • Tue 6 Jul 2004
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    Jeff wrote in to say...

    Dave Shea, Doug Bowman, Christopher Schmitt

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    • Tue 6 Jul 2004
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    Simon Collison wrote in to say...

    I’m all for a collective Zen Garden-esque approach. I suppose that isn’t the brief, but it’s a book I’d like to see. It’d be interesting to see how a group pool their ideas in print – and yes Malarkey, maybe us Brits could meet the task – Clarke, Orchard, J Keith, Hicks, Budd Rutter and, erm…me.

    If not, then Bowman gets my vote. This is all a bit speculative without knowing the gist of the idea though…

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    • Tue 6 Jul 2004
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    Anthony Bosio wrote in to say...

    Dave Shea or Dave Shea or Doug Bowman

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    • Tue 6 Jul 2004
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    Kelly wrote in to say...

    Aaron Gustafson’s done some great corporate and educational work (Bertucci’s Restaurants, Mystic Aquarium’s Immerison Project, ride4ever.org, and Liberty Bank).

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    • Tue 6 Jul 2004
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    Andrew Hume wrote in to say...

    Molly, surely. I’m surprised more people have not mentioned her.

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    • Tue 6 Jul 2004
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    Kenan Malak wrote in to say...

    Tantek Celik or Jeffrey Zeldman

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    • Tue 6 Jul 2004
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    Keith Burgin wrote in to say...

    You know what would be interesting would be a book of seperate chapters – each written by a different person, each reflecting that particular guru’s speciality. Perhaps one could get 10-12 CSS Luminaries to each write about a pet project that illustrates the varying uses of CSS and the troubles that had to be overcome.

    Just a thought.

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    • Tue 6 Jul 2004
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    Michael Pierce wrote in to say...

    For the standard, heavy-hitters:
    Zeldman, Bowman and Shea get my vote.

    New folks, for me at least:
    Andy Clarke, Richard Rutter and Cameron Adams might also work…

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    bennion wrote in to say...

    Blake Scarbrough

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    • Tue 6 Jul 2004
    • 1510
    Keith Davisson wrote in to say...

    Dave Shea

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    • Tue 6 Jul 2004
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    Matt Burris wrote in to say...

    I’ll add my vote for Molly Holzschlag too. She has an uncanny knack of explaining things in a manner that makes it easy to digest, and she has helped a lot of people with countless books over the years. She would be well-suited for this kind of project.

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    • Tue 6 Jul 2004
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    Toxikk wrote in to say...

    MOLLY!! She is the best ever.

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    • Tue 6 Jul 2004
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    Joe Clark wrote in to say...

    It’s true, we really do need more information. There are a lot of CSS authorities with specific expertise from whom to choose, and many of my favourites have not been listed above (and seem to be unknown to typical standardistas).

    Plus, since we are talking about writing a book, talent is an asset.

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    • Tue 6 Jul 2004
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    mBoszko wrote in to say...

    1. Dan Cederholm (SimpleBits)
    2. Cameron Moll (Authentic Boredom)
    3. Dave Shea (Mezzoblue, CSS Zen Garden)
    4. Jeremy Hedley (Antipixel)
    5. [Not Eric Meyer]

    And numerous others, but those are my top five.

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    • Tue 6 Jul 2004
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    Mike D. wrote in to say...

    Thanks Matt, but no books for me. Major time commitment!

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    • Tue 6 Jul 2004
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    Christine Ladner wrote in to say...

    David Shea is the most recognizable name to me. I am a novice, so I only buy books from the most recognizable names, like you & David.

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    • Tue 6 Jul 2004
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    Joe Kaczmarek wrote in to say...

    “…who would automatically make you take a CSS book seriously and consider buying it just on the strength of the name alone.” … first thought: Dave Shea.

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    • Tue 6 Jul 2004
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    compuwhiz7 wrote in to say...

    As Dan Cederholm and Jeffrey Zeldman have already written books, I think that perhaps Tantek Celik, David Shea, or Douglas Bowman should step up to the plate.

    Not that I’d say no to a third Eric Meyer book, though.

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    • Tue 6 Jul 2004
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    Tim wrote in to say...

    christopher schmitt
    surprised no one listed him

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    • Tue 6 Jul 2004
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    Gilbert Lee wrote in to say...

    I say John Kerry; if not him, maybe George W. There you go. Serious!

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    • Wed 7 Jul 2004
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    Curtis Clark wrote in to say...

    Big John and Holly

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    • Wed 7 Jul 2004
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    Keith wrote in to say...

    Wow, thanks to the folks who mentioned me! A CSS book though? Me? Nah. Not unless it’s titled “Learn CSS Through Trial and Error!” ;)

    In my mind Shea, Tantek or Bowman jump to the front when we’re talking about CSS. Maybe Cederholm could do another, I just started “Web Standard Solutions” and it’s great. I also like the idea of a group book…those are always fun reads.

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    • Wed 7 Jul 2004
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    Andrew Stevens wrote in to say...

    I’d buy anything written by Todd Fahrner or Owen Briggs.

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    • Wed 7 Jul 2004
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    Dave Stevens wrote in to say...

    I’d recommend Dave Shea, the guy is a legend. I’m not sure of Derek Powazek’s CSS knowledge specifically but his thinking would surely be of help, and his book “Design for community” is one of the best I’ve read in that field.

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    • Wed 7 Jul 2004
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    plagiats wrote in to say...

    dave shea. no doubt.

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    • Wed 7 Jul 2004
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    Jimi wrote in to say...

    Dave Shea or Jeffrey Zeldman. But i’d be surprised if they could tell me anything that isnt already in your books. Unless it’s a book about getting standards to play ball on all browsers.

    *glares balefully at IE and Safari*

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    • Wed 7 Jul 2004
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    Ross wrote in to say...

    David Shea, Andy Budd or Jeffrey Zeldman

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    • Wed 7 Jul 2004
    • 0928
    Nathan wrote in to say...

    Big John! Over a year ago, I begged Big John to write a eBook similar to what http://www.projectseven.com has done, but focusing soley on all the hacks needed today. Details how and when to implement them, in step by step fashion. The info is out there, but it’s all over the place. I want a convient reference guide, as I stumble through webdesign trying to make my site look right in any flavor!

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    • Wed 7 Jul 2004
    • 0929
    Nathan wrote in to say...

    I am refering to Big John from http://www.positioniseverything.net, who is active and exceptionally helpfull on the CSS-discuss forum.

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    • Wed 7 Jul 2004
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    Sarah wrote in to say...

    Aaron Gustafson, outstanding work!

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    • Wed 7 Jul 2004
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    Paul wrote in to say...

    Dave Shea, absolutely.

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    • Wed 7 Jul 2004
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    Keith wrote in to say...

    My vote would go to either Dan Cederholm or Douglas Bowman. Both have a very good writing style.

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    • Wed 7 Jul 2004
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    Russ wrote in to say...

    Dave Shea, Dan Cederholm or Douglas Bowman.
    I know I go one right :)

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    • Wed 7 Jul 2004
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    Alex wrote in to say...

    Dave Shea or Jeffrey Zeldman.

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    • Wed 7 Jul 2004
    • 1637
    David wrote in to say...

    Daniel Glazman

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    • Wed 7 Jul 2004
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    Lea wrote in to say...

    I second Russ Weakly. Those -tutorial series in Max Design have been the most thorough, approachable, and easiest to understand writings on the web. He splits every section into managable chunks with diagrams!Russ

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    • Wed 7 Jul 2004
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    Shelley wrote in to say...

    I also recommend Molly. I would like to add Meryl Evans, Meg from Mandarin Design, and Makiko Ito, just off the top of my head.

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    • Thu 8 Jul 2004
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    Jean wrote in to say...

    My vote goes to Sue Sims and Jeffrey Zeldman

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    • Thu 8 Jul 2004
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    david gee wrote in to say...

    Tantek Celik is the only person I’d really be interested in as the author of another CSS book. There are plenty of “light” CSS books out there which are really design books with an emphasis on CSS. I’d like to have something more along the lines of a “comprehensive reference” available, and the only person I’d trust with that task is Tantek (or Molly, but she’s already written a book, no?). Not to say all the other folks listed aren’t great, mind you…

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    • Thu 8 Jul 2004
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    Alex Aguilar wrote in to say...

    Dave Shea or Douglas Bowman

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    • Thu 8 Jul 2004
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    Sander wrote in to say...

    Hixie

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    • Thu 8 Jul 2004
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    Sebastian wrote in to say...

    Eric Costello

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    • Thu 8 Jul 2004
    • 0919
    Marcello Cerruti wrote in to say...

    Here is my list: some people that, as far as I know, have never written a book (though they should):

    * Patrick Griffiths
    * Russ Weakley
    Because of their ability (above all Russ) to write the most clear, comprehensive and in depth articles.

    * Dave Shea
    * Simon Willison
    * Peter-Paul Koch
    Do they need any presentation?

    * Ian Hickson
    * Tantek Çelik
    Same as above (do they need any presentation?), furthermore an insight from the W3C CSS Working Groups

    * Holly Bergevin
    * John Gallant
    These guys should be a must for any serious CSS book, because of their deep knowledge of CSS, bugs and bugfix: real world CSS guaranteed!

    * Literary Moose (don’t know his name)
    * Seamus Leahy
    Pushing CSS to their limits. A touch of their examples is best showcase of CSS power

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    • Thu 8 Jul 2004
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    Matt wrote in to say...

    Christopher Schmitt, for many reasons one of which being he has the coolest t-shirts.

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    • Thu 8 Jul 2004
    • 1411
    Andy wrote in to say...

    Molly‘s Cascading Style Sheets – The Designer’s Edge is the most accessible CSS introduction out there. If you want a complex subject explained so that it suddenly clicks with the reader, she’s the one to do it!

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    • Thu 8 Jul 2004
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    Josh S wrote in to say...

    Didier Hilhorst, of course!

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    • Thu 8 Jul 2004
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    Michael Romero wrote in to say...

    After reading “Web Standards Solutions”, I would definately reccomend Dan Cederholm. I happen to like his approach to CSS. I think, honestly, that it is a lot more real world than some of the other people I have read (I think he respects its place as a tool in the real world of design rather than the be all end all you’re stupid if you’re not using it attitude that some might take), and I think that makes him ideal for an author in the real world of CSS useage.

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    • Thu 8 Jul 2004
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    Lucian wrote in to say...

    Bill Gates. It might just force him to “get it”.

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    • Fri 9 Jul 2004
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    Nevel wrote in to say...

    A book by Tantek would be great, and I’d say Zeldman, although he already published a nice piece of work already.

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    Best at CSS
    Well ‘the List’ is floating around the net and I might as well chime in.
    But really, how the hell would I know? If I consider the question carefully I realise


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