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Great introduction to unlocking the power of CSS,
This review is from: Eric Meyer on CSS (Voices (New Riders)) (Paperback)I read this book after gobbling up Jeffrey Zeldman's Designing with Web Standards. That book had truly converted me to Web Standards and I was keen to expand my knowledge of CSS to fully embrace standards. Since Eric Meyer is regarded as THE CSS guru his book was the first I went for.
The book is certainly a good introduction to unlocking the power of CSS. Meyer takes you through various short projects, explaining step by step how he styles each document. His writing is easy to follow and although the example pages aren't jaw droppingly beautiful, they don't have to be to illustrate just what you can do with CSS. One thing to be aware of is that you'll need a decent grounding in CSS before picking up this book. This isn't a reference, more a hands on tutorial in how to use CSS. Try Eric's "Cascading Style Sheets the Definitive Guide" published by O'Reilly if you're a complete CSS newbie.
From a personal point of view, I found the book a little too basic. CSS isn't hard to pick up and much of the book was going over things I already knew. But nearly every chapter featured a little nugget of information that made me say "ahhhh, that's interesting...." so for that alone it was worth reading.
It wasn't until the final few chapters on mutli-column layouts, absolute positioning and fixed backgrounds that I started to learn something brand new. But that just shows there's something in this book for everyone and if your new to CSS then I highly recommend it.