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5.0 out of 5 stars My understanding of CSS has taking a flying leap forward
I have been using CSS for two years now for my professional work. More recently I have been employing XHTML and have got on fine. However, there were some areas that left me puzzling: box model hacks; image replacement; positioning stuff in table cells; margins at the top of the borwser window; font sizing; the intricacies of inheritance...
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Published on 4 July 2004 by Marten Gallagher

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34 of 36 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good, but could have been so much better
I've read the whole book once, and several sections a couple of times; and my impression is that - although good - it doesn't really seem to know what its target readership is. At times, it's very academic, going into the history of CSS and HTML development, explaining the theory of document analysis, and drawing comparisons between print and on-screen typography. The...
Published on 17 Jun 2002 by David Powers


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34 of 36 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good, but could have been so much better, 17 Jun 2002
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David Powers (London, United Kingdom) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Cascading Style Sheets: Separating Content from Presentation (Tools of the trade) (Paperback)
I've read the whole book once, and several sections a couple of times; and my impression is that - although good - it doesn't really seem to know what its target readership is. At times, it's very academic, going into the history of CSS and HTML development, explaining the theory of document analysis, and drawing comparisons between print and on-screen typography. The theoretical parts are all very interesting and well worth reading, but I found it a bit odd that a 10 chapter book took until chapter 5 before actually getting on to how to write CSS rules.
The chapters on typography (more precisely, text styling) and boxes (the CSS concept of how things are arranged on screen) are very good, and probably worth the price of the book alone. In spite of the academic tone of the opening chapters, the book deliberately roots itself in the real world. It states from the outset that it doesn't intend to cover every rule in CSS, only ones that work in today's browsers. It highlights the problems with N4 - and offers suitable workrounds. It also emphasizes that there's no single answer to design issues - it's a matter of experimentation until you achieve what looks right for you in a variety of browsers.
Because the book is relatively short (280 pages) and the chapters are well laid out, it's easy to find things you want to go back to. Surprisingly, though, there's no quick reference list of the rules covered, so it's impossible to see at a glance the areas the book actually covers. One striking omission is in the section on the shorthand version of font. It says "it first takes values for each of font-style, font-variant, and font-weight", but nowhere in the book could I find a definition of font-variant.
It's a pity that what could have been a very good book has got such flaws. Newcomers to CSS would learn a great deal from it, but may be put off by the approach.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My understanding of CSS has taking a flying leap forward, 4 July 2004
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Marten Gallagher (Annery Kiln Web Design, Devon, England) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Cascading Style Sheets: Separating Content from Presentation (Tools of the trade) (Paperback)
I have been using CSS for two years now for my professional work. More recently I have been employing XHTML and have got on fine. However, there were some areas that left me puzzling: box model hacks; image replacement; positioning stuff in table cells; margins at the top of the borwser window; font sizing; the intricacies of inheritance...
One scan through this book and my questions are answered and explained with just the right amount of history and with sufficient technical explanation to go with the straighforward examples of code and the browser results.
This has been the best value book I have bought in a long time. I suspect it would be a little daunting to those new to CSS and XHTML but for those that have cut their teeth, this book takes those with a little knowledge and understanding onto the next plane of web standards design.
If your a professional designer - why is this not already on your bookshelf?
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5.0 out of 5 stars Learning xhtml and CSS for the first time? - This is for you!, 1 May 2009
This review is from: Cascading Style Sheets: Separating Content from Presentation (Tools of the trade) (Paperback)
I am a web designer who first read this book 4 years ago. I sat down and in one day read cover to cover. I already sort of undertood css and enough to get by but was wanting to go 'tableless' in my web design.
Since then this book has been regularly referenced. It showsgood practice which will allow you to write code once and not have to keep writing hacks so that it displays the same across different browsers (although that is shown here too).
With more and more customers wanting 'Content Management Systems' - this has become all the more useful. It gives you the fundemental understanding as to how to style a site (and make accessible) while allowing the content to be a seperate issue.
I have recommended this book several times - to other web designers and those starting out. When you read this you WILL understand css, and no matter how good a web designer you think you have been, you will realise you can be better!
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