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Cascading Style Sheets: The Definitive Guide [Paperback]

Eric A. Meyer
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28 Mar 2004

Simply put, Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) is a way to separate a document's structure from its presentation. The benefits of this can be quite profound: CSS allows a much richer document appearance than HTML; CSS saves time--you can create or change the appearance of an entire document in just one place; and its compact file size makes web pages load quickly. Eric Meyer, a member of the CSS&FP Working Group and an internationally known expert on HTML and CSS, tackles the subject with passion and delivers a comprehensive and thorough update to his groundbreaking book.All readers will benefit from both the depth and breadth of his experience and his clear and honest style. Cascading Style Sheets: The Definitive Guide, 2nd Edition is a thorough review of all aspects of CSS2.1 and a comprehensive guide to CSS implementation. The book includes new content on positioning, lists and generated content, table layout, user interface, paged media, and more. It explores in detail each individual CSS property and how it interacts with other properties, and shows how to avoid common mistakes in interpretation.If you're ready to take the next step with your HTML coding and incorporate CSS or are already a CSS code warrior, you'll find Cascading Style Sheets: The Definitive Guide, 2nd Edition is the book you've been craving.

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  • Paperback: 528 pages
  • Publisher: O'Reilly Media; 2 edition (28 Mar 2004)
  • Language: French
  • ISBN-10: 2952143412
  • ISBN-13: 978-0596005252
  • ASIN: 0596005253
  • Product Dimensions: 22.6 x 17.8 x 2.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 624,152 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Eric A. Meyer starting working on the web in late 1993. A past member of the CSS Working Group, he is the author of several acclaimed CSS books as well as many articles on CSS and web standards. More recently, he co-founded the conference series An Event Apart with Jeffrey Zeldman and speaks about web standards all over the world. In recognition of his work, he was inducted into the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences in 2006.

A longtime resident of Cleveland, Ohio--which is a much nicer city than you've been led to believe--Eric used to be a weekly radio presence on WRUW 91.1-FM with a show covering the Big Band era. He now spends most of his free time reading, searching out great dishes, and playing with his wife and daughters.

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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, indeed. Cascading Style Sheets: The Definitive Guide is a comprehensive text that shows you how to take advantage of the benefits of CSS while keeping compatibility issues in mind.

The book is very upfront about the spotty early browser support for CSS and the sluggish adoption of CSS2. However, enthusiasm for the technology spills out of the pages, convincing even the most sceptical reader to give CSS a whirl and count on its future. CSS1 is covered in impressive depth, not only the syntactical conventions but also more general concepts such as specificity and inheritance. Frequent warnings and tips alert the reader to browser compatibility pitfalls.

Entire chapters are devoted to topics such as units and values; visual formatting and positioning; and the usual text, fonts and colours. This attention to both detail and architecture helps readers build a well-rounded knowledge of CSS and equips them for a future of real-world debugging. Cascading Style Sheets honestly states its reasons for avoiding an in-depth discussion of the still immature CSS2, but covers the general changes over CSS1 in a brief chapter near the end of the book.

When successfully implemented, Cascading Style Sheets result in more elegant HTML that separates form from function. This fine guide delivers on its promise as an indispensable tool for CSS coders. --Stephen W. Plain,

Topics covered:

  • HTML with CSS
  • Selectors and structure
  • Units
  • Text manipulation
  • Colours and backgrounds
  • Boxes and borders
  • Visual formatting principles
  • Positioning
  • CSS2 preview
  • CSS case studies
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Cascading Style Sheets - The Definitive Guide 26 Aug 2004
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I purchased this book because I had previous experience of O'Reilly books and found them to be to the point with very little in the way of flannel. This book is in that style.
The book is best suited to someone with some experience of programming, as it can be a hard read in places (some of the diagrams could be better). It (2nd Ed.) is comprehensive in it's explaination of how things work, but doesn't give many real world examples.
Overall if you want to know how CSS works and are willing to 'get your hands dirty and experiment' it does what is required. If you want quick fixes to specific problems this is not the book for you.
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This book has been a very good lesson in how incapable browsers are in rendering CSS. I knew it was bad, but that it was this bad I never suspected. I will be much more careful when using stylesheets from now on.
The book is a very good reference when it comes to CSS1 selectors. I really liked the CSS support chart in appendix D, which is a consise guide to what CSS properties each browser supports.
But the book should have had more real life examples on how to build stylesheets that will work for both Internet Explorer as well as Netscape Navigator (Opera already supports most of the CSS1 anyhow). And I also missed a few working examples of advanced stylesheets.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The title says it all... 23 Mar 2006
This book is the reference to anyone who wants to make good use of CSS for webdesign.
I didn't have much knowledge of CSS when I started reading it but found it quite easy to understand. Every property is covered in detail and, although Eric doesn't focus on browser support, it mentions compatibility issues on the most relevant properties and behaviour of different browsers.
The Box model and the inline layout are heavilly covered. This is the part where I found the book a little harder to follow. Floating rules are very well explained.
Through the book, Eric throws in some very simple examples to illustrate the use of one or another property. Don't expecting anything like a cookbook, though.
If you prefer the recipe type of book, this book isn't for you, CSS Cookbook would be a better choice. If you like to experiment as you go and check the results, then this is definatelly your ultimate resource.
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