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Cascading Style Sheets: The Definitive Guide, 2nd Edition

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A book by Eric A. Meyer

Cascading Style Sheets can put a great deal of control and flexibility into the hands of a Web designer--in theory. In reality, however, varying browser support for CSS1 and lack of CSS2 implementation makes CSS a very tricky topic.Cascading Style Sheets: … see full wiki

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Author: Eric A. Meyer
Publisher: O'Reilly Media
1 review about Cascading Style Sheets: The Definitive Guide,...

A solid reference manual...

  • Apr 15, 2004
Target Audience
Web developers who need a comprehensive guide on the use of CSS1 and CSS2 technology.

This book is an extensive guide on cascading style sheet technology, specifically the CSS1 and CSS2 specifications.

The book is divided into the following chapters:

CSS and Documents; Selectors; Structure and the Cascade; Values and Units; Fonts; Text Properties; Basic Visual Formatting; Padding, Borders, and Margins; Colors and Backgrounds; Floating and Positioning; Table Layout; Lists and Generated Content; User Interface Styles; Non-Screen Media; Property Reference; Selector, Pseudo-Class, and Pseudo-Element Reference; Sample HTML 4 Style Sheet; Index

Most of my development work is not concentrated on the user interface. To date, I've been able to live with just a minimal amount of HTML and JavaScript knowledge. But more and more I'm being drawn into web design work, and CSS is playing a significant part in that. In order to have the information I need to do my job, I got a copy of this book and I'm glad I did.

Meyer does a nice job in balancing the material between code examples, reference to cover all the parameters, and example output to show what the code will do. I think the last part is very important, as it allows you to visualize the type of effects a certain command will have, and from there you can start to apply it to your own web site. I am undecided as to whether this would make a good first tutorial for someone just learning CSS. For me, it's a better reference guide once you have some basic CSS understanding.

There is one formatting decision that the author made in the second edition that some might find irritating. He decided that to keep the book from growing too large, the information about which browsers support which features would be dropped from the print version. You can get that information from the online web site, so it's not like you're left in the cold. But if that information is important to you and you want one-stop reading, this book might not be what you want.

A solid reference manual on CSS that you will use for coding examples, parameter reference, and visual examples of the effects you can obtain.

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