4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Tells you exactly how CSS is meant to work,
This review is from: Cascading Style Sheets: The Definitive Guide (Paperback)
If you want to know how CSS is meant to work, according to its specification, this is the book for you. As with all the O'Reilly "Definitive Guide" books, it's intended as comprehensive documentation of CSS, and it succeeds: it includes detailed, very readable explanations of complicated features like the inline box model and floats. CSS is not a simple language, and a book like this is necessary if you want a deep, proper understanding of how it works, without having to wade through the specification itself.
As such, it's not an "introduction to web design" book: it's a book for people who want to actually understand CSS, a language that, in parts, is a lot more complicated than people give it credit for. The book is also not a guide to CSS bugs in popular browsers like Internet Explorer. That subject could easily support a whole book in itself, and is wisely excluded here (although it highlights major areas of CSS not supported by Internet Explorer).
As a reliable, complete reference to CSS, it's superb: clear and readable, comprehensive, accurate, up-to-date, and well-structured.