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The CSS Anthology: 101 Essential Tips, Tricks, and Hacks [Paperback]

Rachel Andrew
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11 Nov 2004 Anthology

Note: A new edition of this book has been released. Please look for "The CSS Anthology, 2nd Edition" (ISBN: 097584198X)

A practical guide on CSS (Cascading Style Sheets) for professionals and novices, that can be used both as a tutorial and read cover-to-cover or as a handy and practical reference book to common problems, solutions and effects.

The Question and Answer format makes it easy for readers to solve their problems and learn more about common pitfalls and workarounds.

CSS has been growing steadily in its adoption as a technology. CSS gives the developer complete control over how an HTML page looks without using cumbersome HTML tags- truly separating content from presentation. Many major organizations have been adopting CSS technology e.g. www.wired.com.



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  • Paperback: 376 pages
  • Publisher: SitePoint; 1 edition (11 Nov 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0957921888
  • ISBN-13: 978-0957921887
  • Product Dimensions: 23 x 18 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 868,318 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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If you’ve been struggling with building Web sites using Web standards and CSS, you really must buy this book. -- Digital Web Magazine

The CSS Anthology is a great book to get someone started on actually implementing CSS. -- Lowter.com

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86 of 87 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very, very useful. 8 Sep 2005
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
This book is quite simply the most useful book on CSS I own, and it's great for several reasons.
Firstly, it addresses real world problems (for example, two-pane layout, three-pane layout, navigation tabs, footers, tabular data, drop-down menus, calendars).
Secondly, there is minimal fluff: the introduction is only 10 pages long (and still contains some technical information), and the first "How do I ...?" starts on page 11; compare this to some books that pad endlessly with pontification about The Bad Old Days of HTML and cross-browser incompatibility.
Thirdly, the recipes are presented in an extremely approachable, standalone format; typically:
1. The question (for example, "How do I create tabbed navigation with CSS");
2. The solution, usually a complete XHTML page (from DOCTYPE to </html>);
3. A screenshot of the result, sometimes in different browsers;
4. A discussion of the technique used.
More complicated recipes will build up the solution bit by bit, showing screenshots of the intermediate solutions to illustrate precisely what problem next needs to be addressed.
Lastly, the author really seems to "get" how important web standards and accessibility are; she exhorts the web designer to test in text-only browsers like Lynx to ensure web sites are accessible to blind and disabled people, and frequently points out Internet Explorer's poor compatibility, and even knows about "minority" browsers like Konqueror.
Compare this to "CSS Web Design For Dummies", which glibly says:
"Some incompatibility issues still exist, but this book deals with them only occasionally ... you need not write complex workaround code to take into account an audience so small that ... many Web pages simply ignore them. [...] History has elected Internet Explorer as the standard ... Just relax and assume that your Web page visitors [are] using IE."
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5.0 out of 5 stars I enjoyed reading the CSS Anthology 25 Jan 2005
Format:Paperback
I have enjoyed reading the CSS Anthology because it is one of those (rare?) computer books which gets directly to the point, explaining things in a clear and straightforward manner, from the first to the last page.
Learning how to use CSS for website-building is certainly a difficult task. While it is easy to get a basic grasp of that language from many online-tutorials, I found it very complex to learn how to use CSS for more advanced topics like, how to position elements on a web page. Therefore, I was glad having bought this book.
The title of the book: "The CSS-Anthology - 101 essential tips, tricks and hacks" describes the content of the book very well, since it is exactly that - 101 ways about how to achieve different tasks divided in to nine chapters covering the following topics: 1. Getting Started with CSS, 2. Text Styling and Other Basics, 3. CSS and Images, 4. Navigation, 5. Tabular Data, 6. Forms and User Interfaces, 7 Browser and Device Support, 8. CSS Positioning and Layout, 9. Experimentations, Browser Specific CSS and Future Techniques.
Each and everyone of the 101 tips and tricks comes with an explanation, the respective source code and a discussion part in which the author explains how the CSS-code works and why. It is really like participating in a course, or a workshop and I realized that every tip and trick is based on practical experience and proficiency with CSS. Therefore, I was not surprised to see that Rachel Andrew, the author of the book, works as a professional web developer. Since the same CSS-code can lead to different results in different browsers (depending on the level of CSS implementation in the respective browsers) Rachel Andrew provides also many workarounds and hacks to make sure that one website looks the same, in different browsers.
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41 of 43 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Book 13 Nov 2006
By Martin
Format:Paperback
This book was recommended for a course I took on Advanced Web Design and CSS.

I have developed three web sites using it, each one using more and more adventurous and clever little CSS techniques from this book.

I'd recommend it highly. It's very hands on and tackles many of the day to day problems that any beginner or intermediate designer trying to build a web site will inevitably run into pretty quickly.

I've seen quite a few IT books in my time and, let's face it, lots of them are far too 'techie' and so full of information that you don't know where to start on them. Many of them make you want to groan out loud just looking at them.

I found this book refreshingly down to earth and practical and not bogged down with loads of information that the average web designer isn't going to use ever anyway.

If you buy this book, don't forget to go to Sitepoint's web site where you can download all the examples used in the book.
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Quite possibly the best CSS book you can buy 13 Oct 2006
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If you do a bit of web design on the side, part of a course (like me) or for your living this book will be a godsend. If you're like me and are fairly good at web design - you know HTML well, CSS, some JavaScript maybe and some PHP perhaps, but you're useless at the visual design aspects then this book will again be a godsend.

The book will serve as a handy reference for when you forget those tags which we all do from time to time, failing that it will give the power to produce complete page layouts like a three column layout with links on the left, content in the middle and further images/text on the right, and without a table in site!

This book is perfect for the beginner aswell as it starts from the ground up. Highly recommended.
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This is a very useful book for someone with a basic knowledge of CSS. It is full of examples which can be picked up and used at any time. I started using it straight away. Read more
Published on 1 Jun 2011 by ronwooduk
4.0 out of 5 stars Easy to read and put into practice
I bought this book due to the strength of the other reviews and because I needed just that little bit more confidence in CSS. Read more
Published on 3 May 2011 by Mr. Alan Clark
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touted by most reviews as the best CSS book out there... well, haven't read much of it as I already had CSS background. But from the looks of it is one of good ones for sure. Read more
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Published on 5 Dec 2009 by Tami Brady
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent reference book
This book was very useful to me, although it should be clearly stated that it doesn't pretend to teach you CSS. Read more
Published on 28 Nov 2009 by Barbara Vaughan
5.0 out of 5 stars Very useful little reference book, not a teach yourself book.
I'm self taught in CSS and this book is very useful for clarifying a lot of gaps that I missed from not learning formally. Read more
Published on 25 Jun 2009 by Doberman
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic!!
it's definitely the best CSS book I've come cross - easy to follow, well organized and has a nice touch and beautiful page layout. Done with basic CSS??! Read more
Published on 22 May 2009 by Imad Mousa
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent for beginners
I've never done CSS before and now have to do it as part of my university course. It wasn't taught very well so I decided to get a book to help me along. Read more
Published on 13 Mar 2009 by A. Teo
5.0 out of 5 stars The next step in understanding css
Excellent companion book to Build Your Own Website The Right Way Using HTML & CSS, 2nd Edition. Easy to follow, well illustrated and emphasis on web standards and accessibility. Read more
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