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10 July 2012 0321823729 978-0321823724 1
This book teaches how to use CSS3 to build cool, responsive user interface features that are feasible for use in real-world projects today. Readers will appreciate the author's approachable style and will catch on quickly with this easy-to-follow, practical guide. Well known and respected CSS3 expert Chris Mills devotes much of the book to creating fallbacks for older browsers, so that the content will still be accessible and usable.

Each chapter begins with a quick reference sheet with all the syntax, fallbacks, backward compatibility, and browser support (including mobile). The author clearly explains what the CSS features do and why they are useful. Then he demonstrates a simple design that illustrates usage, followed by more complex variations. The chapter then covers appropriate fallbacks/shivs for older browser support and problems that currently exist for that feature. Topics include CSS3 typography, bling boxes, navigation buttons, animated effects using CSS3, using CSS3 to implement icons, CSS3 layout chops, adaptive layouts and responsive design, fluid layouts and percentages, and styling media. The book's companion website offers a PDF of each chapter's cheat sheet, as well as sample code used in the book, available for free download and updated regularly.

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  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Peachpit Press; 1 edition (10 July 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0321823729
  • ISBN-13: 978-0321823724
  • Product Dimensions: 7.3 x 9 x 0.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 512,923 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Chris Mills (Manchester, UK) is a web technologist, open standards evangelist, and education agitator currently working at Opera Software on the developer relations team. He writes articles about cutting-edge web standards for (, .net mag, A List Apart, and other publications, and he speaks at universities and industry conferences.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Get off my lawn 9 Sep 2012
It's been a while since I wrote anything, but I've just spent the day with Practical CSS3: Develop and Design, by the amazingly Wookiee-like Chris Mills. Aside from having my name in it, this is a pretty essential book. Aimed at developers that aren't stupid but don't know much CSS, this book will allow you to hit the ground running and annoy your fellow front-end developers as you stomp all over their turf - just make sure it's not MY turf. I prefer to do fairly in-depth reviews, so here we go.

CHAPTER 1: Introduction to CSS3 and Modern Web Design

Back in the day, this web design lark was rather convoluted. If you wanted rounded corners, you used images. Chris reminds you of many of these old-fashioned traits in this introduction chapter, and then slowly introduces you to these new-fangled "spangly web innovations" that make everything so much easier. You get a nice little round-up of all the CSS3 Modules, a quick run through of things like vendor prefixes, pseudo classes, and a handy CSS Selectors Reference.

CHAPTER 2: Building a Solid Cross-Browser Template With HTML5 and JavaScript

If you use Dreamweaver or some other fancy IDE all day, you might not spend much time writing the basics; instead, clicking things that generate your code for you. In his second chapter, Chris walks you through a basic HTML5 template from the ground up. I'm a huge believer in hand-coding markup, so I think everyone should know how to do this without relying on tools. Once you know the how and why, then it's okay to use things like Dreamweaver. Also covered here and the newer elements, coding styles, and even JS libraries to plug the gaps for the older browsers (commonly known as polyfills).
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent and easy read full of useful stuff ! 6 Sep 2012
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CSS3 is the upcoming standard for designing the look and feel of web pages and Chris Mills book is the standard for learning the new features that CSS3 introduces.
Chris's book starts out by explaining the ethos behind the standard, the difference between progressive enhancement and graceful degradation and how the standard helps web authors to implement these paradigms. The book goes on to explain the tools you should be using to be a modern web developer and the importance making your website accessible to all. After that it's a whistle stop tour of the new features you'll get access to in CSS3, such as Fonts, Boxes, animations, Icons and grids. Nice to see Responsive and adaptive design get a chapter all to itself.

Chris's style is easy to read and the emphasis is on practical examples you can take away and build on. As with any emerging standard there are problems with browser support which Chris readily acknowledges and explains; nothing is hidden and despite the fact that Chris is closely associated with the Opera browser does not get in the way of the facts. Nor is there any unnecessary browser bashing going on! The examples give are fun (if you're a Python or Metal fan at least) but are practical. I recommend the book to anyone doing web development work: it's a handy reference and an easy read. I'm certainly going to recommend it to any students I'm teaching Web Development.
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5.0 out of 5 stars excellent resource 3 May 2013
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This is the best little book on CSS I've bought in ages - a great update on the foundation texts from the likes of Meyer and Cederholm. Well worth adding to your library.
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2.0 out of 5 stars seems to be hastily put together. 2 April 2013
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I did not learn anything from this book. The author already assumes you have a working knowledge of HTML5 and CSS( which I do) but fails to expand on that knowledge, making the book surplus to requirements. It uses printed extracts of code but fails to explain what their purpose is. Especially when the code is just taken out of context. The are numerous references to javascript, so if you dont have a knowledge of javascript and the way it is incorporated into HTML 5 then you will be lost. Numerous use of acronyms and strange words such as 'KLUDGE? with no explanation as to what they are. There are also numerous references to URLs( web site) addresses which are out of date so dont work, especially the dev.opera ones. The problem with relying on URLs for further information (which this book does heavily) is that they are very quickly not usable because they are dependant on the referenced web site not changing the various file locations, again making lots of parts of the book a bit pointless.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very useful and practical book for Web Devs 12 Oct 2012
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This is a welcome addition to the developers canon on CSS. Chris wears his expertise lightly and has an enjoyable and breezy writing style which makes the substantial content easy to digest. The book is full of practical examples and code references and the author takes a nice 'real world' approach to the subject matter. He isn't superficially enamored with the 'new' as he always has an eye on how our design and development decisions will effect other users in terms of Website accessibility, usability and so on. He also points out how to make new CSS features more backwards compatible and there are some excellent online resources referenced within. Recommended.
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