Free! - CSS Cascading Style Sheets for Web Design review and competition

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.

Beginning CSS competition! The friendly people of Wiley are giving away 5 books. All you need to do to enter the competition is to download the extract (press read more and then download sample PDF on your right), which is all about Document Standards and answer the following question:

  • What is the oldest markup language?

To be in the second DMXzone book draw of 2005, send your answer to this e-mail address before Wednesday 23rd of March 2005.

Good Luck!


From the Back Cover
Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) is a standard for Web site presentation that allows Web developers to define styles for all the visual aspects of a Web document. This example-packed book provides you with necessary information that will enable you to combine CSS with HTML, XHTML, or XML to create rich, aesthetically powerful designs.

You'll start by reviewing the background of CSS, followed by a discussion of the tools required to create and test Web pages, a look at the basic syntax used in CSS, and an examination of how CSS comes together with markup to create a Web page. Then you'll examine how CSS controls different aspects of markup in a Web document. Along the way, you'll end each chapter with exercises and sample solutions that will help you grasp the CSS level 1, 2, 2.1, and 3 specifications.

What you will learn from this book

  • How to choose the right document for a project
  • Why the Document Type Declaration (DTD) is important to the CSS designer
  • Ways to manipulate the presentation of fonts
  • Ways to manipulate text and fonts
  • The four different types of positioning: static, relative, absolute, and fixed
  • Various ways of styling for tables, XML, print, and handheld devices
  • Techniques to make a CSS design compatible with Internet Explorer

Who this book is for This book is for beginning Web developers and designers who want to use CSS for better, faster design and markup. Basic familiarity with HTML is helpful, but not required.



Chapter 1: Introducing Cascading Style Sheets.
Chapter 2: Document Standards.
Chapter 3: The Basics of CSS Anatomy and Syntax.
Chapter 4: Data Types, Keywords, Color, Length, and the URI.
Chapter 5: CSS Selectors.
Chapter 6: Pseudo-Element and Pseudo-Class Selectors.
Chapter 7: Inheritance and the Cascade.
Chapter 8: Text Manipulation.
Chapter 9: Font Manipulation.
Chapter 10: Liquid Design and the CSS Box Model.
Chapter 11: CSS Buoyancy: Collapsing Margins, Floating, and Vertical Alignment.
Chapter 12: Styling Lists and the User Interface.
Chapter 13: Backgrounds: Setting the Scene.
Chapter 14: Positioning.
Chapter 15: Styling for Handheld Devices and Print.
Chapter 16: Styling Tables.
Chapter 17: Styling XML.
Chapter 18: Cross-Browser Compatibility.

Appendix A: Exercise Answers.
Appendix B: CSS Reference.
Appendix C: CSS Colors.
Appendix D: Browser Rendering Modes.



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