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Old June 28th, 2007, 03:30 PM
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Default Color printing

I was fortunate enough to receive one of the first copies of the second edition of Beginning CSS. So far, it looks like a huge improvement over the first edition. The color screenshots from different browsers are really nice.

Unfortunately, I have encountered one issue which detracts significantly from the usability of the book.

The code samples which are printed in all-black are perfectly readable. The new color-coded code samples, however, appear to be anti-aliased screen captures, which simply doesn't look good on a printed page. The notes and illustrations which relate to the code suffer from the same anti-aliasing problem. I would really recommend finding a workaround for this for future printings. It just doesn't look professional.

In addition, some of the screenshots appear to suffer from odd resizing artifacts. (For example, compare Figure 8-8c to Figure 8-8d.) I don't know whether this is a registration problem. As another example, in my copy of the book, the title bar in Figure 12-15 is fairly readable, but the title bar in Figure 12-16 is very blurred.

Again, this book looks like a big improvement, and I look forward to going through it more thoroughly.

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Hi Designbot,

I'm glad that you're enjoying the new book and thanks for your feedback. We realize there are some issues with some of the color bits; I'm working with Wiley to get those fixed. This was the first color book for Wrox, so we've had some bugs to get ironed out, on both my end and theirs. I only hope that doesn't detract too much from the material itself.

Please let me know if you notice anything else that's off so I can get it taken care of, or any other feedback you might have.


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While I respect designbot's opinion I have to write that I personally like the color-coded samples a lot. In fact, this full color print was a true seller for me when I had to choose from about 10 different CSS books at Borders.

I'm a color guided guy in the first place; hence, this color printing style appeals to me greatly and hope Wrox will continue this style.

designbot's point is true that some of the screenshots appear to be suffering odd resizing artifacts. Regardless, that does not bother me a bit since I can see the point made.

Just my humble opinion concerning the new full color print.

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