HTML Utopia

ISBN: 0975240277
ISBN 13: 9780975240274
By: Rachel Andrew Daniel Shafer

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HTML Utopia: Designing Without Tables Using CSS, 2nd Edition is for web developers looking to create websites using Cascading Style Sheets for layout, which allow for faster page downloads, easier maintenance, faster website redesigns, and better search engine optimization.HTML Utopia covers all aspects of using Cascading Style Sheets in Web Development, and is a must-read for Web Developers designing new sites or upgrading existing ones to use CSS layouts.This book includes one of the most comprehensive CSS2 references on the market. Jeffrey Zeldman, web design guru and co-founder of the Web Standards Project, says "After reading this book, you will not only understand how to use CSS to emulate old-school, table-driven web layouts, you will be creating websites that would be impossible to design using traditional methods".The second edition of this popular book includes brand new coverage of Internet Explorer 7, Firefox 1.1, new CSS Solutions, and greatly expanded coverage of popular, cross-browser, CSS layout techniques.From The Back Cover "Now You Too Can Easily Create Modern 'Table-free' Websites Using CSS from scratch" Rachel Andrew and Dan Shafer's book is a comprehensive guide to learning and applying the principles of CSS to your Website.This book will teach you how toWrite faster loading, dramatically smaller pagesSpeed up site maintenance by separating the content from the layoutCreate flexible 3-column designs with easeWrite device-independent CSS that will work on everything from a PC to an internet refridgeratorWrite search engine friendly pages that can actually be understood by search enginesDesign sites that are standards compliantAccomodate older Web BrowsersAnd much more...

Reader's Thoughts

Ahmad Alfy

Well I picked up this book and thought It will be about layouts with CSS mainly. I was wrong; It goes through a long introduction about CSS basics. It's useful and contain a comprehensive rich appendix worth to check! Found some of the properties I never heard of before. It also explain the inheritance and the selectors clearly. Recommended for anyone with basic knowledge looking to take his skills a smaller step forward before digging into the hardcore CSS


I read this book thinking I knew a good deal about CSS. I quickly discovered that I was wrong. I was able to design a site with no tables whatsoever using this book, and started learning the fine art of content separated from style.

Craig Cecil

I had high hopes for this book. After finishing Eric Meyer's latest CSS book, I was ready for something completely dedicated to teaching me everything I needed to know about creating a site without using a single table tag for layout. Although the book does explain how to do this, I was still disappointed. After a brief introduction about CSS (yet again), section two of the book explains how to create layouts without using tables. In all, seventy pages of 500 are centered on this topic. Half the book is a CSS reference. The other sections talk about fonts, colors, etc. Clearly, the book is mis-titled. This remains a good book for someone new to CSS, so they can avoid bad habits from the start. However, I would recommend Eric Meyer's book for advanced CSS users.

Raymond Timberland

CSS. Don't be a web poser, be an auteur.


This book is good for anyone who would like to learn to design a website. It shows numerous ways to style your layout with CSS.I would recommend it to any designer that already knows web as a reference book. I have not been able to get myself to read the rest of the book, since I know most of it all ready, but I do use it as a reference when I get stumped with Internet Explorer.

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