The Good: Websites are not the same as brochures, catalogs, videos, etc, but many people try to force such paradigms onto their websites, and the result is "bloat." The author presents a lot of ideas and standards with which you (or your web designer) can simplify and make your website more functional and practical.

The Bad: A pet peeve of mine is bad editing, and this book has its share of errors - misspellings, wrong syntax, etc. There is simply no excuse for a book to not be reviewed properly and have these errors fixed before publication. Other problems have to do with the formatting/layout, and other publishing decisions. For example, all of the illustrations are Black and White, and they really need to be in color to pick up the point of the illustrations. Many illustrations are not on the same page as their associated explanations, so there is a lot of unnecessary page flipping. Each page has a rather wide margin that is sometimes used for sidebars. I think all of the sidebars could have been included inline (again, more unnecessary page flipping). That would enable the illustrations to be much larger (i.e. full width of the page) - some illustrations are simply too small to be useful.

The Bottom Line: Most of what the author presents is in line with my philosphy of keeping things simple and usable for the greatest number of visitors. There are some items on which we disagree. However, it's difficult to actually say that, given that the author allows for many exceptions, which, of course, must be used very carefully in most instances. I have managed to pick up a couple more things from these pages to try with my own websites. I think this is a good read for both web designers and those tasked with working with web designers. Suck it up and visit the sites with your own browser if you want to really see what the illustrations are talking about.