Top critical review
Well written but really showing its age.
on 26 July 2015
Whilst this book contains a few little gems, it's already very long in the tooth. Perhaps you might find it useful if you are stuck supporting ancient browsers, but if you work with modern browsers, there isn't much to recommend it.
From the title, you might expect it to concentrate on layout, and although its best section does deal with layout, there is a lot of other more general CSS content ranging from very basic, to antiquated.
All this isn't to say it's badly written or put together – Meyer is undoubtedly an expert and a good writer – it's just that this book suffers like so many technical books from being outdated very quickly. If you are pretty new to CSS there is definitely some good content here and even the legacy hacks are of interest, however it is in bad need of an update and would have been a far better book if it had concentrated exclusively on layout, which is the most complex and volatile part of CSS.