- Paperback: 252 pages
- Publisher: O'Reilly Media; 4 edition (2 Aug. 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1449399037
- ISBN-13: 978-1449399030
- Product Dimensions: 10.8 x 1.5 x 17.8 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 109,277 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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CSS Pocket Reference (Pocket Reference (O'Reilly)) Paperback – 2 Aug 2011
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"If you need a small reference for CSS, you'll want this pocket reference. It does exactly what you would expect of a pocket reference, and does it well." - Sam Smith, news@UK --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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The early part of the book covers basic rules and there is an index at the back. In between, starting a third of the way down page 33 and ending on page 120, you'll find all the selectors with their pattern, a brief description and brief examples. The information is presented in a clear and easy-to-understand manner but you certainly couldn't use this as a training guide. You might spot one or two unfamiliar things that look as if they could be useful but you're not sure. In such cases, you might need to surf the net or look up a full-sized book to find out more.
As a quick reference guide, this pocket-sized guide is ideal, but don't expect any more of it than that. There are plenty of other CSS books, including some from the same publisher, that give much more extensive coverage. Those books can tell you a lot more but they won't fit in your pocket.
Note that since I bought this book, a revised third edition has been published.
AS a concise condense reference tool it's all in there but compared to the pocket HTML guide this ain't so easy reading. The Basic Concepts opening chapter is probably the briefest intros I've ever seen and whilst in fairness covers all you need to know I came away struggling from it's description of inline boxes. This isn't a book that will teach you how to do fancy 3 column layouts etc. but it doesn't bill itself as that. The layout isn't great. This (4th edition) separates the property refence section into 3 group which makes it a pain if you are trying to look something up alphabetically. But every property, value, selector, pseudo class options etc are listed & explained as are the rules.
I'd certainly avoid if you are wanting to learn CSS (try CSS: The missing manual) or wanting to learn how to do certain tasks. But it does succinctly list every CSS attribute and if you know your box model from your font-family and want a pocket reference book this should be up your street
Then comes the CSS 1,2 and 2.1 properties reference, with the properties, values and their meaning. A very brief example is given for the property but it is only a snippet showing a selector using that property, nothing more. It is easy to search and, is small enough to be carried anywhere without causing much hassle.
It has the 10% that allows to do 90% of the work and is extremelly usefull to have around when writing Style Sheets.
There are problems with this. It took a long time to update to cover CSS2 - but you may choose to stick to CSS1 for compatibility. It hasn't got an index but it's so short you can probably find most things with a quick browse. It won't teach you CSS - but it doesn't claim it will. If you accept those limitations and need CSS but not the tutorial then keep this book to hand.
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I carry this in my rucsac all the time to brush up on my CSS. Not bang up to date, but not stale.Published on 11 Feb. 2013 by Mr. L. Baker
This was purchased as a replacement to my older and much abused copy of this reference. Indispensable! A must have on the desk.Published on 15 Jan. 2013 by kmpw
No way am I accepting this book! i was totally mislead by all the guys at work who said that they knew the most famous boxer in the world as a good mate. Read morePublished on 20 Nov. 2012 by Frank Conway