CSS Mastery: Advanced Web Standards Solutions
About this book
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
When I was trying to learn CSS, this book had some really good ideas for development. Book presents topics well and understandably.
To be honest, I had no idea what I was doing with CSS until I read this book. Got me quickly up to speed on the basics and then learned all the advanced techniques. Important areas that always confused me such as floating and positioning are completely clear now. And now I understand how to work with different browsers as well. Great book!
In my case, this book was literally life-changing. It filled in a lot of gaps in my CSS knowledge, and gave me the right start towards my web design/development career.
One of my favorite books in the world.
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.
One of the better beginners CSS books I've come across. If you are just starting CSS and feel like you're not making enough progress, definitely check this book out.
Again, I haven't had the time I'd like to start this book. I'm looking forward to it though.
THE CSS book for anyone looking for a practical guide that will also help in planning, bug squashing and cross-browser issues
Outdated (2006). This is what happens when you leave a web dev book on the shelf unread for too long... ;-)
the best intro css book
This is one of the better introductory CSS books out there. As with most, the information is available on the Net if you want to spend the time hunting it down. Andy Budd goes beyond many such online resources by providing insight into common problems and several tips on how to optimize solutions for some common CSS approaches. Overall, worth the money to have on your reference shelf.
I love it just like the first version
Equally good for bed-time reading and reference. Very easily read and understood.
An excellent introduction to CSS, but with enough high-level tips to keep up with standards-based web development now.
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.