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  • Paperback: 282 pages
  • Publisher: John Wiley & Sons (1 July 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0764579851
  • ISBN-13: 978-0764579851
  • Product Dimensions: 18.8 x 1.8 x 23.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,005,113 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Here′s how to make CSS work the way it should

Cascading Style Sheets, the technology meant to bring order out of chaos by letting you update Web sites effortlessly, just doesn′t always work. You recognize that when you discover your graphics, perfectly positioned in Firefox, throw your page out of whack when viewed in Explorer. The solution? This cutting–edge collection of hacks, tweaks, and filters—a one–stop resource for tailoring CSS to solve the problems you face every day. From pacifying those ancient browsers to achieving accessibility, these tools can bring CSS′s promise back online—Web sites without worry.

  • Filter CSS for older browsers and hide it from newer ones
  • Use CSS to enhance graphics and media
  • Sample a selection of ways to resolve CSS display issues
  • Script your own Document Object Model and JavaScript hacks
  • Debug and troubleshoot CSS
  • Make the most of CSS and implement CSS hacks in Dreamweaver®
  • Create CSS–savvy Dreamweaver templates
  • Apply CSS hacks to create accessible sites
  • Code server–side solutions with ASP, PHP, or ColdFusion®

About the Author

Joseph Lowery is the author of the Dreamweaver MX 2004 Bible (Indianapolis, IN, Wiley Publishing, 2004) and the Fireworks MX Bible (Indianapolis, IN:Wiley Publishing, 2002), as well as Design and Deploy (San Francisco: Macromedia Press, 2004) and Joseph Lowery’s Beyond Dreamweaver (Berkeley, CA: New Riders Press, 2002). In recent years, he co–authored Dreamweaver MX 2004 Web Application Recipes (Berkeley, CA: New Riders Press, 2003) with Eric Ott and the Dreamweaver MX Killer Tips book (Berkeley, CA: New Riders Press, 2003) with Angela Buraglia. His books are international bestsellers, having sold more than 400,000 copies worldwide in nine different languages. As a programmer, he has developed numerous extensions for the Dreamweaver community, both free and commercial, including FlashBang! and Deva Tools for Dreamweaver. He also has presented at MacDesign in Chicago, Seybold in both Boston and San Francisco, and Macromedia MAX conferences in the U.S. and Europe.

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12 of 21 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 28 Aug. 2005
Format: Paperback
I am a hand-coder, but have to teach students DW MX. I want them to learn to use CSS from the start, so was leafing through the previews thinking of buying this book when I noticed this error in Chapter 1, Page 3. The text states: "here's the minimum code it takes to place a sentence on the page in the common HTML container, a font tag" but the example shows a table cell with no font tag in sight. In the above extract, "a font tag" should read "a table cell". I'm still thinking of buying, but don't have time to proof-read before handing over to students!
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34 of 35 people found the following review helpful
Useful for intermediate Web designers 25 Oct. 2005
By C. Robin - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
As Joseph Lowery states, "The CSS community enjoys a wealth of information. Unfortunately, the sheer amount of information can also be a detriment: finding the right fix often requires significant digging." Enter CSS Hacks and Filters: a book intended to save readers some time googling their CSS/cross-browser compatibility problems by compiling the most common solutions all in one location.

For the beginner, it covers some of the basics, such as why use CSS at all, the notorious box model, the tan hack and the workarounds for floats. For the more advanced user, it covers some familiar ground, but goes into more detailed topics, including advanced layouts, navigation structures and using server-side solutions (ASP, PHP and ColdFusion) to control CSS. For Macromedia users, there are two chapters devoted to using CSS with Dreamweaver MX 2004 and Contribute 3. While now a version old with the release of Dreamweaver 8, most of the information is still relevant.

Lowery also overviews a few topics that can be used in conjunction with CSS, including JavaScript. One that caught my eye in particular was the section on scalable flash replacement, which automatically generates flash headings to replace CSS-styled text for those users with Flash Player 6 or later. As with most of the topics covered in the book, he provides links to the original sources of the information on the Web to supplement the explanations provided in the book.

In such a recent book, I was surprised to find an entire chapter devoted to hacking Netscape 4 (with a section concerning IE 3 and 4), considering that the only thought most designers give to Netscape 4 nowadays is pitying the poor fools still stuck using 9-year-old software.

While probably not the best book for the absolute beginner with no CSS experience or the very advanced Web developer for whom these hacks have become second nature, it's a useful resource for those of us in the middle... particularly for those who prefer checking an index in the back of a book as opposed to sifting through a few thousand Google hits.
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Great Resource 30 Jun. 2005
By A. Duszynski - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I know that all of this information is available online, but it is nice to have it collected between two covers. As far as I can tell, Lowery gives full credit to those CSS pioneers who've discovered these hacks, so I tip my hat to him for that. My only complaint is that he doesn't go into more detail about other options available for some of the examples. Links are provided to go straight to the source for most of them though, so you can read more if necessary.

Another great, useful book from Joseph W. Lowery. Not a book for beginners, but a book for those frustrated by the sometimes bizarre implementation of CSS by modern browsers. It came in handy the first day. What greater praise can I give?
14 of 18 people found the following review helpful
You-GOTTA-get-this-one!!! 1 Sept. 2005
By Calvin C. Mcgaugh - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
I already have at least 5 very good books on CSS, but this one

really takes the cake! It's probably THE most important CSS book

I own.

It's got more nitty-gritty info than any other...things like differences between browser versions & how to work around them... Or why we can't write off NetScape4 (yet)....it's still out there like herpes.

I also like his style of writing....short concise paragraphs

and sentences with a wry sense of humor. He's "been there, done

that". Very readable.....even the intro.

I've only recently bit the bullet & started to concentrate on learning to use CSS for layout, navigation, etc... not just for text styling. This book gives me confidence I'm going to succeed.

Thanks,Joe, from all of us!

Cal McGaugh
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Achtung! 3 May 2007
By Joshua K. Briley - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Want to add another layer of complexity to your already complex web projects? Add Hack Management. This book will teach you to write hacks that are being overcome through valid techniques almost daily. True, some hacks are still necessary. Most are not - at least not an entire book's worth.
25 of 35 people found the following review helpful
Great book - But beware of CSS positioning 5 Aug. 2005
By Kab00m - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
I'm working on my first "Pure" CSS site.

It's very frustrating to work for hours to get a page laid out correctly in one browser and then open it in another and see your layout mangled. Thus, the purpose of this book.

While I'm thankful for the hacks/filters discovered and for Mr. Lowery's collection, the need for such a book demonstrates the poor state of CSS implementation in today's browsers.

Still, CSS is a very useful technology. You need this information for CSS issues. This book is a must. Buy it!
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