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Since its introduction in 1996, Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) has revolutionized web page design. Now, in 2004, most web pages use CSS, and many designers base their layouts entirely on CSS. To do so successfully requires a good understanding of how CSS works. The purpose of this book is to describe how designers can take full advantage of CSS 2.1, which is the newly released update of the specification.
CSS's journey from an idea to a specificationand then on to a specification designers can rely onhas been long and arderous. The creator of the CSS Zen Garden (described in Chapter 12, "From HTML extenstions to CSS") describes it this way:
Littering a dark and dreary road lay the past relics of browser-specific tags, incompatible DOMs, and broken CSS support. Today, we must clear the mind of past practices. Web enlightenment has been achieved thanks to the tireless efforts of folk like the W3C, WaSP and the major browser 1 creators.
Indeed, we believe the web is a more enlightened place now that CSS have matured to a stage where it can be used for advanced layouts in a range of browsers. This book will tell you all you need to know to start using CSS.© Copyright Pearson Education. All rights reserved.
In this updated edition to their original best-selling classic, the co-creators of CSS clearly, logically, and painlessly explain the hows and whys and ins and outs of the visual formatting language that is their gift to us. The Web would be a poorer place without Messieurs Bos and Lie. Your shelf will be richer for the addition of this book.
Rely on it. Study it. Savor it.
The Indispensible CSS Tutorial and ReferenceStraight from the Creators of CSS
Direct from the creators of CSS, this is the definitive guide to CSS, today's indispensable standard for controlling the appearance of any Web or XML document. This book doesn't just show how to use every significant CSS 1 and 2.x feature; it carefully explains the "why" behind today's most valuable CSS design techniques. You'll find practical, downloadable examples throughoutalong with essential browser support information and best practices for building high-impact pages and applications.
Cascading Style Sheets: Designing for the Web, Third Edition covers every CSS 2.1 improvement and fix, from new height/width definitions in absolutely positioned elements to new clip property calculations. Clear, readable, and thorough, it's the one must-have CSS resource for every Web developer, designer, and content provider. Coverage includes
Mastering essential CSS concepts: Rules, declarations, selectors, properties, and more
Working with type: From absolute/relative units to font size and weight
Understanding CSS objects: Box model, display properties, list styles, and more
Exercising total control over spacing and positioning
Specifying colors for borders and backgrounds
Managing printing: Margins, page breaks, and more
Implementing media-specific style sheets for audio rendering, handhelds, and other forms of presentation
Moving from HTML extensions to CSS: Five practical case studies
Making the most of cascading and inheritance
Using external style sheets and @import
Integrating CSS with XML documents
Optimizing the performance of CSS pages
Includes a handy CSS Quick Reference printed on the inside covers
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