CSS Mastery: Advanced Web Standards Solutions

ISBN: 1590596145
ISBN 13: 9781590596142
By: Andy Budd Cameron Moll Simon Collison

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This book is your indispensable guide to cutting-edge CSS developmentall you need to work your way up to CSS professional. You'll learn how to: - Plan, organize, and maintain your stylesheets more effectively- Apply the secrets of liquid, elastic, and hybrid layouts- Create flickr-style image maps, remote rollovers, and other advanced CSS features- Lay out forms using pure CSS- Recognize common browser bugs, and how to fix themWhile CSS is a relatively simple technology to learn, it is a difficult one to master. When you first start developing sites using CSS, you will come across all kinds of infuriating browser bugs and inconsistencies. It sometimes feels like there are a million and one different techniques to master, spread across a bewildering array of websites. The range of possibilities seems endless and makes for a steep and daunting learning curve. By bringing all of the latest tips, tricks, and techniques together in one handy reference, this book demystifies the secrets of CSS and makes the journey to CSS mastery as simple and painless as possible. While most books concentrate on basic skills, this one is different, assuming that you already know the basics and why you should be using CSS in your work, and concentrating mainly on advanced techniques. It begins with a brief recap of CSS fundamentals such as the importance of meaningful markup, how to structure and maintain your code, and how the CSS layout model really works. With the basics out of the way, each subsequent chapter details a particular aspect of CSS-based design. Through a series of easy-to-follow tutorials, you will learn practical CSS techniques you can immediately start using in your daily work. Browser inconsistencies are the thorn in most CSS developers' sides, so we have dedicated two whole chapters to CSS hacks, filters, and bug fixing, as well as looking at image replacement; professional link, form, and list styling; pure CSS layouts; and much more. All of these techniques are then put into practice in two beautifully designed case studies, written by two of the world's best CSS designers, Simon Collison and Cameron Moll. Summary of Contents: - Chapter 1: Setting the Foundations- Chapter 2: Visual Formatting Model Recap- Chapter 3: Background Images and Image Replacement- Chapter 4: Styling Links- Chapter 5: Styling Lists and Creating Nav Bars- Chapter 6: Styling Forms and Data Tables- Chapter 7: Layout- Chapter 8: Hacks and Filters- Chapter 9: Bugs and Bug Fixing- Case Study 1: More Than Doodles- Case Study 2: Tuscany Luxury Resorts

Reader's Thoughts

Seven Minaya

Great book for a deep understanding of CSS, but a bit outdated. I do still strongly recommend it to get started with CSS, since you will understand concepts much clearer than with other books.

Nicki Hutchens

Very helpful. Need to read it again since it has been a while.


Overall, I thought it a very handy reference tool for a barely CSS literate person like myself. My only complaints are that is seems to be getting a little out dated. He mentions things such as CSS 3 and how it was supposed to come out later that year (2006). He also spends a lot of time talking about bugs associated with IE, especially 5.X which from my understanding is rarely used these days with the release of IE 7.0 (which he can't mention). Other than that, it was a good eye opener into my future possibilities with CSS.

Seth Kenlon

Excellent book. It has taught me nearly everything I know about basic CSS; combined with some help from some online friends and good old fashioned practice (it makes perfect, you know?) I'm a competent CSS coder.

Theresia Tre

still siting in my e-lib


Very good, although a bit out of date as IE7 wasn't out yet. Would benefit from a revision. Explores some concepts more widely than Bulletproof Web Design, although I must say that it doesn't demonstrate the markup and markup changes as well as the other. Both books overlap in large areas, but each has its own strong point.


This book has really fine tuned my arsenal and widely broadened my understanding of CSS. The book has several nicely organized sections and comes with files that allow you quick references and opportunities to play with the code for a better understanding. Case studies at the end of the book are a great companion for putting all the things they throw at you too. My favorite part of this book was the CSS organization files that are ingenious. To sum up the book in a few words, CSS galore!Not a fast read and the coding can become somewhat difficult to understand if you're not willing to stop and think through it. But come out of this book with half your sanity still intact and you'll be creating websites like the pros. Well, I can't guarantee you that much, but at least it gives a better understanding of bugs and hacks so you wont have a headache when testing across multiple browsers. That alone is worth much more then thirty bucks.Requirements: Before you pick this up, make sure you have a basic understanding of XHTML and CSS 2.0 or higher (the book concentrates on 2.1). A little Javascript (not a must) wouldn't hurt for a few files they throw out to you at the end.Didn't give this five stars because it's in black and white. Come on, this is supposed to be a coding book for a visual art, no excuses for it not being in color.

Kal Ström

The book suffers from sloppy editing, which is particularly unacceptable since it's a revised edition. Also it's much too noticeable when the authors change between chapters both in coding style and in language. An overall editor is sorely missed.That said the coding techniques covered is nice and useable, however not that much CSS Mastery as I expected.

Rachel Nabors

A perfect follow-up to Friends of Ed's "yellow CSS book" which is more basic (but whose title escapes me).This is not a beginner's CSS book. You should at least read the yellow book or "Bullet Proof Web Design" before tackling this one, which builds heavily off the core concepts you should have already learned.It covers everything from layouts, to browser hacks, even showing you how to add little icons at the end of external links. Nifty, huh!This book is absolutely necessary if you are in web design or development. But make sure you've got a good core foundation in CSS and structured markup before diving in.


I loved this book so much I bought it after returning it to the library. All the cool CSS layout tricks and hacks in one volume, written in plain, friendly English.

Will Meurer

Strengthened my knowledge of CSS. This book makes sense of layout, box, and other nebulous topics.

Nick Carter

THE CSS book for anyone looking for a practical guide that will also help in planning, bug squashing and cross-browser issues

Mai Moustafa

I love it just like the first version

Mark Niland

A great guide for beginners and advanced users of CSS. Andy Budd demonstrates his mastery of the art of CSS styling throughout the book, in bite size simple to understand and combine chunks. A must read for all web enthusiasts.

Darrin Hawe

When I was trying to learn CSS, this book had some really good ideas for development. Book presents topics well and understandably.

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