CSS Cookbook

ISBN: 0596005768
ISBN 13: 9780596005764
By: Christopher Schmitt Nathan Torkington Tatiana Diaz

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Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) are a powerful way to enrich the presentation of HTML-based web pages, allowing web authors to give their pages a more sophisticated look and more structure. CSS's compact file size helps web pages load quickly, and by allowing changes made in one place to be applied across the entire document, CSS can save hours of tedious changing and updating.But to leverage the full power of CSS, web authors first have to sift through CSS theory to find practical solutions that resolve real-world problems. Web authors can waste hours and earn ulcers trying to find answers to those all-too-common dilemmas that crop up with each project. The "CSS Cookbook" cuts straight through the theory to provide hundreds of useful examples and CSS code recipes that web authors can use immediately to format their web pages.The time saved by a single one of these recipes will make its cover price money well-spent. But the "CSS Cookbook" provides more than quick code solutions to pressing problems. The explanation that accompanies each recipe enables readers to customize the formatting for their specific purposes, and shows why the solution works, so you can adapt these techniques to other situations. Recipes range from the basics that every web author needs to code concoctions that will take your web pages to new levels.Reflecting CSS2, the latest specification, and including topics that range from basic web typography and page layout to techniques for formatting lists, forms, and tables, it is easy to see why the "CSS Cookbook" is regarded as an excellent companion to "Cascading Style Sheets: The Definitive Guide" and a must-have resource for any web author who has even considered using CSS.

Reader's Thoughts


Good reference of how to do various popular techniques. Not for reading straight through, just look up the things you want to do.

Will Smith

Its more of a reference, but I'm always reading it to get new ideas. The only problem i have with this book is- because I'm learning on my own and this is second edition - it assumes i know a lot more than i actually do, so i have a hard time understanding some of its concepts


رغم أن نسخة الكتاب قديمة (2007) إلا أني تعلمت الكثير من المعلومات و استطعت تأكيد الكثير مما تعلمته بالتجربة مع السي إس إس. أعجبني منهج الكتاب المتبع: قسم الكتاب على فصول، في كل فصل يتناول جانب من جوانب السي إس إس، و بدلا من تقدم المعلومات بأسلوب شرح ممل و نظري، لجأ إلى طرح "مسائل" و "مشاكل" قد يواجهها المصمم و التي تتعلق بالفصل، ثم يقدم الجواب للمسألة مع شرح الأساسات المتعلقة بها. فـ تعلمت الأساس النظري في محيط عملي. كان ممتعا جدا. هناك الكثير الذي أود تدوينه، لكن وقتي لا يسعفني. و أريد الانتقال لكتب أخرى. لذا لن أستطيع تدوين كل ما أود الاحتفاظ به من الكتاب. لكن، مبدئيا:* أعجبتني كثيرا مسألة تحديد تنسيق الأشياء بشكل أكثر تفصيلا. بمعنىli {}تحدد معالم كل نقطة بشكل عام. لكن حين نستخدم التالي:li+li{}يقوم بتحديد معالم النقاط التي تسبقها نقطة أخرى. يعني ينطبق على النقطة 2 و 3 و .... و لا ينطبق على النقطة 1. و المثل للفقرات و الأشياء الأخرى. هذا مفيد جدا. <- استخدمته فور تعلمي له* و أيضا أعجبتني كثيرا خاصة تحديد التنسيق بناء على المتحوى في الروابط. مثل:a[href="wa7di.com":]{}تنسق الروابط التي تشير لمدونتي بشكل حصري!. خاصية مبهرة يمكن استخدامها بطرق متعددة.و حين يكتب على شكل:a[title~="happy":]{}أي رابط يحوي عنوانه هذه الكلمة، يتم تنسيقه بهذا. أما حين نكتبه مثلا:a[href|="digital":]{}ينسق الروابط التي تحوي تلك الكلمة مع -. إذن الفكرة العامة:a [attribute=val:]{}(^بدون النقطتين. :/! الجودريدز بشكل تلقائي يضيف نقطتين لهذا النوع من الأقواس.)*و لكي أتذكر، الأشياء التي تلحق الرابط:a:link, a:visited, a:hover, a:active*أيضا تعلمت أنه يمكن أيضا التحكم بشكل أكبر بتنسيق الفقرات. من خلال استخدام:p:first-letter{} ينسق أول حرف!p:first-line{} ينسق أول سطر!* positions: كنت أجد صعوبة في فهم منطقها، لكن الآن فهمت.- absolute: position based on window rather than element's default position. - relative: position modified based to its natural position as rendered by the browser. * لم أجرب بعد، لكن يقول الكاتب أنه يمكن استخدام أكثر من خلفية في أمر الخلفية. مثال:background: url(x.jpg) center no-repeat,url(y.gif) top center no-repeat,url(x.gif) 40% 24px no-repeat;*coloring the scrollbar: body, html{scrollbar-shadow-color:;scrollbar-face-color:;scrollbar-highlight-color:;scrollbar-3dlight-color:;scrollbar-track-color:;scrollbar-darkshadow-color:;scrollbar-arrow-color:;}*ممكن إضافة محتوى للأشياء من خلال السي إس إس!. مثلا:li:before{content: ">> ";}li:after{content:".";}*media="print, screen"types: all, handheld (mobiles), print, projection, screen.or: in css, @media print{}, @media scree{}

Ezequiel Delpero

The best thing about this book is the way to explain you things.

Mo Tipton

I found this to be a great quick-reference, and with my last project I pulled a number of ideas from the book, such as styling the first line of a paragraph and swapping bullet points for images in an unordered list. The book is organized in a problem/solution format, so if you're looking for a comprehensive list of CSS syntax, hacks, etc., I'd go for something more along the lines of SitePoint's CSS: The Ultimate Reference, but if you're looking for different ways to approach problems, like centering images, creating flexible layouts with floats, or styling forms, this book is worth picking up. CSS Cookbook does assume a basic, and in some cases intermediate, knowledge of CSS, so it might not be ideal for beginners.

Caryl Westerberg

Lots of CSS examples to wrap your mind around. I think there must be some errors, or some of the examples just do not make sense. I wish some of these examples were more fleshed out. The CSS is given with no HTML usage or example of the effect. Since I'm still learning CSS, this make it challenging.

Sooraj Raju

Part of starting the new business.

John Chilton

This book succeeds in some places and gets fairly bogged down in others. I cannot hold that against it too much though, I read it straight through, but it probably is much better as a reference. Despite some flaws, this book has some real strengths. Unlike a lot of technical book, this book is rooted deeply in the practical. It mentions JavaScript solutions where they are useful. It has lots of links to blog posts and websites with additional information. Some books are written by people paid to write books, other books are written by practitioners who have learned from experience and have something to say. This book definitely strikes me as the latter. I think used as an actual cookbook, this book definitely deserves a spot on your bookshelf.

Meryl Evans

Disclaimer: I helped behind the scenes in this book.

Caryl Westerberg

Cool to learn all sorts of fun ways to use CSS.

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