The book is broken up into two major portions:
- The first chapter discusses the building of the Zen Garden, as well as meat-and-potatoes topics like proper markup structure and designing for flexibility.
- Within the second part, which makes up the bulk of the book, there are six major chapters. Each examines six great Zen Garden designs and ties them together with a common theme revolving around a major design concept, such as typography. By exploring the challenges and problems solved within these 36 designs, you will learn major Web design principles as well as the CSS layout techniques they employ.
How Should I Use This Book?
The average Web site has a starting point, otherwise known as the home page; from there you can jump anywhere into the site by selecting a major section and browsing through the content it contains. Or you can use the search function to find the specific content you’re after. Or you can just click at random and see what sorts of goodies you can find deeper in.
This is the model we’ve chosen for the book; there is no right or wrong way to use it. You might choose to start at the beginning and read it cover to cover, or you might jump to a chapter that feels particularly relevant and use it as a starting point. You may read this book as non-linearly as you wish, and approach each design in any order you choose.