My Review of Values, Units, and Colors

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By Jim Schubert from Richmond, VA on 11/25/2012


5out of 5

Pros: Easy to understand, Helpful examples, Well-written, Concise, Accurate

Best Uses: Expert, Intermediate, Novice, Student

Describe Yourself: Developer

I am reviewing “Values, Units, and Colors” as part of the O’Reilly Blogger Review program. I have had about a 6 month hiatus from full-time web development, so I thought I’d be able to offer a somewhat fresh perspective of this book’s content.

It’s a short, quick read. It’s also well-worth the price. There were quite a few things I didn’t know (or hadn’t considered), such as some odd behavior in older versions of Internet Explorer and certain times a value may mean something different depending on the order of values and keywords.

I especially loved the explanation of HSL versus RGB. I had always avoided HSL and HSLa, because RGB and RGBa seem more intuitive to me. This book explains the two very well, in a way I think someone more familiar with HSL than RGB would gain an equally better understanding as I have.

The book also covers some relative length units which I’ve never used or seen used (ex, rem, ch).

Usually, I’m not very impressed with short books of this nature. I think it’s fairly difficult to get *enough* information in so few pages. I think the subject matter in this book is focused enough to cover it quickly and concisely in less than 50 pages. I’ll admit, I didn’t expect to say aloud while reading this, “Huh, now that makes sense.”

I’d definitely recommend this book to fellow web developers, or anyone interested in tweaking the styles of their own website. I will definitely reread this book in the future.