Pro CSS Techniques

Apress wrote this book to provide you with a collection of proven, modern techniques that you can refer to every day to get the most out of the time you put into your web development projects, from start to finish. You know the basics of CSS, and you don't need a guide to evangelize the merits of web standards-based development - you already know it all. Instead, we wanted to focus on context, and how each of the techniques we present fit into the lifecycle of a real-world professional project.

CSS Cascading Style Sheets for Web Design

Product Description:
This book provides a good introduction to CSS. The Web markup standard that allows Web designers and developers to easily make a style change to one CSS template and then change formatting across several pages. IT covers the current CSS standard versions (CSS 1 and CSS 2) with notes and comments where appropriate on the CSS 3 standard in development. It includes a quick reference on CSS at the end of the book as well as integrated reference coverage throughout. The book teaches by using an example-oriented approach and includes exercises at the end of each chapter, with sample solutions provided in the appendix.

Should you buy it?
The books structure is very clear and the book contains a lot of useful information.
The examples are very clear but the graphics of the book are a bit dull, the book would be much more fun to read if they just added more and better graphics. Although informative the text is very dry to read as well. But that doesn't break down the fact that this book will teach you almost everything there is to know about CSS, after reading this book you should have learned a ton of information about using CSS. So it all comes down to your preference; if you don't mind the absence of fancy graphics and if you are looking for a good, huge reference on CSS you should buy this book, otherwise look for another solution.

The Zen of CSS Design: Visual Enlightenment for the Web

Proving once and for all that standards-compliant design does not equal dull design, this inspiring tome uses examples from the landmark CSS Zen Garden site as the foundation for discussions on how to create beautiful, progressive CSS-based Web sites. By using the Zen Garden sites as examples of how CSS design techniques and approaches can be applied to specific Web challenges, authors Dave Shea and Molly Holzschlag provide an eye-opening look at the range of design methods made possible by CSS (Cascading Style Sheets).

By the time you've finished perusing the volume, you'll have a new understanding of the graphically rich, fully accessible sites that CSS design facilitates. In sections on design, layout, imagery, typography, effects, and themes, Dave and Molly take you through every phase of the design process--from striking a sensible balance between text and graphics to creating eye-popping special effects (no scripting required).

More Eric Meyer on CSS
Eric Meyer on CSS is renowned as a classic book in this area; unsurprisingly (and pleasingly for the rest of us) Eric is back with another 10 carefully crafted CSS-based projects which walk us through the steps we need to take to build beautiful standards based, cross-browser designs.

The projects cover such topics as covering an HTML-based design to a pure CSS one, using background images to achieve cross browser translucency effects and creating drop-down menus without using JavaScript.

The climax of the book is where Eric describes the creation of a design for the CSS Zen Garden web site – a fantastic resource that has shown the power of CSS to the world, and showcased some incredible talent along the way.

DMXzone has reviewed More Eric Meyer on CSS here.

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The CSS Anthology:101 Essential Tips, Tricks & Hacks

Prolific writer, CSS heroine and DMXzone contributor Rachel Andrew has been busy at her keyboard this summer! This time round Rachel is sharing her CSS knowledge in the form of a tips and tricks book. The CSS Anthology: 101 Essential Tips, Tricks & Hacks is now available from Sitepoint.

This volume promises to supply you with tried and tested real-world solutions to your Web design problems. With tutorials that will give you an insight into font control, Web page navigation controls, design for alternative browsing devices including smart phones and screen readers for the blind AND download access to all the code samples used throughout the book so you can plug them right into your own Web page designs this is sure to be a hit. An overview of the book can be found here, and sample chapters are available here.

Note that Sitepoint books are primarily sold direct from their website – so to purchase The CSS Anthology: 101 Essential Tips, Tricks & Hacks follow this link to the order form >>

The CSS Cookbook

Using the 'house' style for O'Reilly Cookbooks, this new release by Christopher Schmitt is sure to be a great help to Web developers striving to use CSS in their designs, and needing tips and tricks to get them over the occasional hurdle.

The style of the book is to identify a specific issue (say setting a background image) and then tackle it using the Cookbook style Problem – Solution – Discussion approach to setting out the information needed. The concise format of the first two sections allows quick identification (or reminder) of issues and provides focussed code snippets. The discussion portion gives space for a rounded explanation, and furnishes the reader with the understanding they need to customise the code for their own purposes.

This book covers CSS2.1 with chapters covering topics such as Web Typography, Links and Navigation, Forms, Hacks and Workarounds and Designing with CSS.

Oh, and it features a grizzly bear on the cover!

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Web Standards Solutions, The Markup and Style Handbook

Web Standards Solutions, The Markup and Style Handbook is a neat little book by Dan Cederholm (of SimpleBits fame) and makes a good addition to the burgeoning friends of Ed catalogue. 

The book is divided into two parts; firstly nine chapters on markup then secondly, six chapters covering CSS related matters with a final chapter on resources.

To quote the author "Each chapter answers a specific question, oftentimes presenting multiple methods to achieve the same results. We'll look closely at each method, noting the good and bad of each."

You can read a sample chapter here.

Web Standards Solutions The Markup and Style Handbook

Part One: Get Down with Markup

  • Chapter 1: Lists
  • Chapter 2: Headings
  • Chapter 3: Tables are Evil?
  • Chapter 4: Quotations
  • Chapter 5: Forms
  • Chapter 6: <strong>, <em>, and other phrase Elements
  • Chapter 7: Anchors
  • Chapter 8: More Lists
  • Chapter 9: Minimizing Markup

Part Two: Simplebits of Style

  • Chapter 10: Applying CSS
  • Chapter 11: Print Styles
  • Chapter 12: CSS Layouts
  • Chapter 13: Styling Text
  • Chapter 14: Image Replacement
  • Chapter 15: Styling
  • Chapter 16: Next Steps
Cascading Style Sheets: Separating Content from Presentation, Second Edition

CSS is one of the trio of core client-side web professional skills: HTML for markup, JavaScript for dynamism, and CSS for style. All web professionals who want to take their page design to the next level, with all the advantages that CSS brings, will need this book.

This book is a focused guide to using Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) for the visual design of web pages. It provides concise coverage of all the essential CSS concepts that developers need to learn (such as separating content from presentation, block and inline elements, inheritance and cascade, the box model, typography, etc.). It also covers the syntax needed to effectively use CSS with your markup document (for example CSS rules, how to structure a style sheet, linking style sheets to your (X)HTML documents, CSS boxes etc).

Cascading Style Sheets: The Designer's Edge&#8482;

CSS is finally supported by all modern web browsers, empowering Web designers to do what they've been hungering to do for years: control layout more precisely, use color more effectively, and expand typographic options beyond the frustrating limitations of the past. So where to begin? Where can you get design-focused instruction on CSS while learning the technical details?

Cascading Style Sheets: Separating Content from Presentation

This book is a focused, no-fluff coverage of the how to use CSS and XHTML for the visual design of web pages. Its practical techniques will give you core CSS skills, as well as showing how to apply them in today's browsers.