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Eric Meyer
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Book Description

March 20 2001 0072131780 978-0072131789 1
The most authoritative quick reference available for CSS programmers. This handy resource gives you programming essentials at your fingertips, including all the new tags and features in CSS 2.0. You'll get concise information on designing and deploying complex style sheets as well as details on browser support.

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Improve Web Design and Delivery with this Useful Programming Language!

Make your Web design and development more potent by using Cascading Style Sheets to define and deliver your pages. Attach CSS to structured documents to influence presentation without adding new HTML tags or sacrificing device independence. Build cohesive pages from multiple sources using CSS ordering to help eliminate conflicts. Structure and offer consistent content using STYLE attributes of individual element tags, LINK elements, and imported style sheets. Let this Programmer's Reference be a tool for quick and accurate access to CSS 2.0 specifics, and realize the Web's ideal of separating presentation and content.

  • Design and deploy CSS effectively with this concise reference
  • Utilize the most direct means of presenting Web content as you intend it to be viewed
  • Understand the properties and values of CSS, including visual, paged, and aural media styles, plus selectors, pseudo-elements, pseudo-classes, at-rules, and more.

About the Author

Eric A. Meyer (Cleveland, OH) has been working with the Web since late 1993. He is currently the Internet Applications Manager for the OPAL Group, an information technology firm in Cleveland, Ohio. Eric is an Invited Expert and member of the W3C CSS&FP Working Group, and he is responsiblr for coordinating the creation of the W3C's CSS Test Suite. Eric continues to remain active on CSS newsgroups and edits Web Review's Style Sheets Reference

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This is a reference book.
It says that in the title but some of the negative reviews on this book seem to have overlooked that. It is NOT a turorial. It is NOT going to be a magic book to give you all your ideas so you don't have to think and have good design skills.
What it is...
A really good, thorough, reference book on CSS2. This guy knows his stuff and presents it clearly and without any clutter. It is laid out so you can easily find every element, property, and atribute there is. Sure you could go to the World Wide Web Consortium's web site for the info, but when you're in the middle of coding - a good REFERENCE book is still tops for getting info fast. And in my opinion, the layout of the book makes more sense than the w3's web site (though it is valuable too).
To those just starting with CSS-
This book may be hard to grasp at first. Buy it anyway. Find a few web sites to get the basics down because this will be the book you'll want to have after your first week, when what you need is a reference and not a dumbed down overworded tutorial with examples that don't fit your application anyway.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Essential Reference to an Essential Tool March 5 2003
If you are ready to make your web design life easier and commit to using style sheets (CSS), then this volume belongs on your desk. Even using GoLive or Dreamweaver, the time comes when you need to tweak things yourself and pick out the exact formatting tags and know their implications for difference browsers your readers may use. Every book I've seen on LEARNING CSS is not comprehensive the way Meyer's "Reference" volume is.
Of course, it IS a reference volume - not an introduction. Therefore (as some reviewers note) even the introductory material is not sufficiently elementary for the novice. The word REFERENCE is in the title, however, so I don't fault this book for not providing what it didn't promise to provide. So, beginners, feel free to buy the book now - because you'll want it to refer to. But get your grounding in a more basic book. Meyer's 2000 "Cascading Style Sheets: The Definitive Guide" could use its second edition, but is a great way to begin when you have this "Reference" volume to check the latest info on CSS and browsers supported.
And, if you're need persuading to minimize your HTML and move forward with Style Sheets, at least skim the first couple chapters of Owen Briggs. et al.'s "Cascading Style Sheets: Separating Content from Presentation" (ISBN 1904151043 ) They quickly helped me see why not to waste time and power on mere HTML when I'm involved in a complex web site - especiallly when growth and adaptations are planned over the years.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Best CSS2 quick reference I have Feb. 23 2003
Now this is my kind of book, a well stocked reference without all the fluff that usually comes with the explaination of each new idea or concept. You know the sort, a book that you can refer to again and again after learning the basics because it is well organised and laid out. Of course, the reference only style of Cascading Style Sheets 2.0: Programmer's Reference is not really suited to those that are completely new to the topic. Having said that, those familiar with the idea of style sheets might be able to put something together if they mix and match the numerous examples.
Unfortunately there are very few illustrations or screen shots to help you grasp difficult ideas, which sometimes results in long and wordy descriptions of the various properties. I found myself skimming over such busy paragraphs because I knew the idea they were trying to describe, but anyone unfamiliar with the ideas may find themselves getting frustrated trying to work out exactly what it is that is being said. A few more well placed illustrations would have made it easier to use.
Another thing that annoyed me was the repetition of paragraphs while detailing the properties. While I can understand the need to repeat the paragraphs (after all, it is a reference book!), it did get rather tired, particularly when looking up related properties or attributes.
Despite these little annoyances, it makes an ideal quick reference book. The headings and text are clear, the pages easy to scan and alphabetical ordering makes it easy to find attributes by name. There is no obvious distinction between CSS1 and CSS2, but important differences in implementation of the two are pointed out when relevant.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Unreadable Nov. 17 2002
Granted, I'm not a real programmer, but I have learned basic HTML pretty well, so I thought it was time I'd move on to more sophisticated stuff. Bought this book read the first two chapters on a plane and couldn't make heads or tails of it. I really don't think it is how dumb I am or how difficult the language is, just how badly structured the book is.
My two biggest complaints are that 1) he doesn't define his terms well before he uses them in context and 2) the book has virtually no examples of what it's talking about.
Chapter 1 is called "Basic CSS Concepts," but rather than laying out a whole framework and big-picture vision of how CSS works, he just plunges straight into specific commands immediately and stays at that granular level of detail throughout the book. It was terribly annoying that essential terms and concepts weren't really explained clearly up front; he just starts using terms specific to CSS without adequately defining them. It may become clear several pages later, but I found myself constantly wondering what the heck he was talking about.
Visual examples would have helped tremendously, but there are virtually none. It's a pretty hard to learn what is essentially a language for visual display in purely conceptual examples of lines of code. No screenshots anywhere in the book of how the effects that he's describing will be rendered in a browser. For that matter, he rarely even has large blocks of code so you can see how a series of commands he's talking about flow and function when strung together. Instead, it's just individual samples of commands, one line of code at a time. I don't know how I missed this when I flipped thru the book at a bookstore.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Good for reference
This book is by no means an easy read and I would recommend it for reference only. In his writing, a lot of terms are not clearly explained (if at all) and I got lost many times... Read more
Published on April 19 2004 by M. Donohoe
4.0 out of 5 stars Useful Information, But Definitely Not For Beginners
Since I've gotten this book, I've used it constantly as a reference for what I'll need within my detailed style sheets for my websites. Read more
Published on Jan. 28 2004 by Kindle Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Reference? Yes. Good? Yes!
I normally don't write reviews, but recently this book has been helping me out a lot so I thought I'd share. Read more
Published on Dec 23 2003 by M. Riddle
5.0 out of 5 stars Works for me
Brief, clear, complete - just what I need. I used this to write my first style sheets, from no knowledge at all, in just a few minutes. Read more
Published on Nov. 14 2003 by wiredweird
5.0 out of 5 stars A must have...
To all you newbies, here's what you do. Go buy "Designing CSS Web Pages" by Schmitt at your local Barnes and Noble first. It's excellent. Read more
Published on Nov. 2 2003 by Justin Lowrie
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful pocket reference (not quite pocketsized though)
Simple and sweet - good refence, easy lookup structure, fast answers. Anyone dealing with CSS should have this close by.
Published on June 24 2003 by J. Osborn
5.0 out of 5 stars The best reference guide to CSS2
I bought this book several months ago when I first started out using Cascading Style Sheets. I had come across Eric Meyer's work when I visited his web site (meyerweb. Read more
Published on Dec 13 2002 by Simon Jessey
1.0 out of 5 stars A Book - about sums it up......
The book is for the really, really just starting beginner. I bought this book thinking that it may answer some of my questions concerning CSS. Read more
Published on Sept. 10 2002
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent reference, but a bit cryptic though.
My respects to Mr. Meir, he really knows his stuff. Could use some more examples to illustrate simple rules, and less theory. But nonetheless, an excellent reference. Read more
Published on April 22 2002 by Valentin Secades
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