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The CSS Anthology: 101 Essential Tips, Tricks, and Hacks
The CSS Anthology: 101 Essential Tips, Tricks, and Hacks
by Rachel Andrew
Edition: Paperback

55 of 56 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I enjoyed reading the CSS Anthology, 25 Jan. 2005
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.
Learning CSS is something complex and achieving a good level of competence in this field requires a lot of time-consuming online-research, something which can be avoided by reading this book, which covers all important areas for web design, with concrete and practical solutions. Finally I would like to say that, although I am not a native English reader, I found it easy to read the book. It is really a "readable book" and worth reading.

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