Books to get us through
I have been working on a few interface changes around here. I have found two books to be very helpful today. Cascading Style Sheets: Separating Content from Presentation, which has been helpful with the interface foundation tweaks. The three writers really knocked themselves out to put together an incredible resource. Normally I turn to the Web to find the answers, but to have a book that has a few bookmarks in it at the time of coding, was quite a change and very nice.
The other book, Usability: The Site Speaks For Itself has been bedside reading for a couple months while we were going through our move. This was one of the few books I kept careful track of as it has been great downtime inspiration. This book, unlike the "Guru" usability books, teaches you how to approach Web interface design and development with the user in mind. The hard fast rules some espouse do not always work well with our own users. This book does a wonderful, teaches us how to think through the process and provides examples of six varied sites and their developers approaches to creating usable sites for their audiences. This books is a joy to look at as well as read. There are many nuggets tucked in the pages that make it worth the price. When building Web sites the one constant is "it depends" and we can always use help learning how to think through these situations.