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Sites

A List Apart
Explores the design, development, and meaning of web content, with a special focus on web standards and best practices.

Boxes and Arrows
Devoted to the practice, innovation, and discussion of design

Site Navigation Stress Test
Subject your site to this simple test to see if your site passes.

useit.com: Jakob Nielsen's Website
The guru of Web site usability speaks.

Web Design and Usability Guidelines
Research-based, punchy pointers to making your site as easy to use as possible.

Web Pages That Suck | Bad Designs
Two of of Jakob's favorite sites. Laugh while you learn.

Web Style Guide (Yale, 3rd edition -- also available in print)
Help with everything from planning your site to compressing your images.

Webmonkey 
Includes tutorials and cheat sheets for HTML, CSS, and more

Zen Garden | The Beauty of CSS Design
Sample sites using a variety of different style sheets against the same content demonstrate the power of style sheets.

Books

Designing with Web Standards by Jeffrey Zeldman and Ethan Marcotte
Designing web pages for modern browsers and tomorrow's Internet.

Designing Web Usability: The Practice of Simplicity by Jakob Nielsen
From content and page design to designing for ease of navigation and for users with disabilities, how to connect with any web user, in any situation.

Don't Make Me Think by Steve Krug
A fun, insightful read you can get through in one evening.

Homepage Usability: 50 Web Sites Deconstructed by Jakob Nielsen & Marie Tahir
Fascinating, very visual analysis of the best sites around -- and their flaws.

HTML, XHTML, and CSS by Elizabeth Castro
Handy for beginners and well-rated by hundreds of Amazon users

Web Style Guide by Patrick J. Lynch and Sarah Horton
Elegant print version of the web site. (See Web Site section)

The Zen of CSS Design: Visual Enlightenment for the Web by Dave Shea and Molly E. Holzschlag
Supporting book for Zen Garden Web site on the power of using style sheets.

Training

Training for MCPS Webmasters

Montgomery College

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