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Cascading Style Sheets: The Definitive Guide [Hardcover]

Eric A. Meyer
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  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: Tandem Library (May 2000)
  • ISBN-10: 0613912632
  • ISBN-13: 978-0613912631
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
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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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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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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
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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