Professional CSS: Cascading Style Sheets for Web Design, 2nd Edition
Focusing on the best-practices aspect of web development, this full-color book is revised to reflect the changes to cascading style sheets (CSS) development procedures since the first edition was published. Featuring examples from real-world web sites, each chapter provides easily digestible CSS tips and techniques that were used for a specific site. The chapters document the designer's process from start to finish and provide insight as to how the designers overcame each site's unique set of challenges as well as ways they would have done things differently.
Offering a hands-on look into designing standards-based, large-scale, professional-level CSS web sites, this unique book presents understandable solutions to common problems and offers an intelligible approach to effectively developing CSS-enabled designs at a professional level.
What you will learn from this book
Best practices for using XHMTL with CSS
How to orchestrate a new look and feel for a blog
The ins and outs of designing a site that is relied upon by millions of users
Techniques for including drop shadows, drop-down menus, and embedded Flash® content into a web site
Tips for tackling browser-compatibility issues as well as developing functional navigational structures
Ways to customize a web site through CSS coding
How to create HTML e-mail templates, basic HTML table layouts, and how CSS plays a role in both
The importance of grids and layouts in design
Who this book is for
This book is for web developers who are looking for a clear understanding of how to use CSS to create professional-level web sites.
Wrox Professional guides are planned and written by working programmers to meet the real-world needs of programmers, developers, and IT professionals. Focused and relevant, they address the issues technology professionals face every day. They provide examples, practical solutions, and expert education in new technologies, all designed to help programmers do a better job.
Christopher Schmitt is the principal of Heatvision.com, Inc., a new media publishing and design firm based in Tallahassee, Florida. An award-winning Web designer who has been working with the Web since 1993, he interned for both David Siegel and Lynda Weinman in the mid-1990s while an undergraduate at Florida State University pursuing a Fine Arts degree with emphasis on graphic design. He is the author of The CSS Cookbook (O’Reilly, 2004) and Designing CSS Web Pages (New Riders Press, 2002). He is also the co-author (with Micah Laaker) of Photoshop CS in 10 Simple Steps or Less (Wiley, 2004) and contributed four chapters to XML, HTML, & XHTML Magic by Molly Holzschlag (New Riders Press, 2001). Christopher has also written for New Architect magazine, A List Apart, Digital Web, and Web Reference. In 2000, he led a team to victory in the “Cool Site in a Day” competition, wherein he and five other talented developers built a fully functional, well-designed Web site for a non-profit organization in eight hours. Speaking at conferences such as The Other Dreamweaver Conference and SXSW, he has given talks demonstrating the use and benefits of practical CSS-enabled designs. Also helping to spread the word about Web design, he is the list mom for Babble (www.babblelist.com), a mailing list community devoted to advanced Web design and development topics. On his personal Web site, www.christopherschmitt.com, he shows his true colors and most recent activities. He is 6'7" tall and does not play professional basketball, but he wouldn’t mind a good game of chess.
Mark Trammell of Gainesville, Florida, directs the Web presence at the University of Florida.
Ethan Marcotte of Boston co-founded Vertua Studios (vertua.com), a Web design shop focused on creating beautiful, user-focused sites. A steering committee member of the Web Standards Project, he is a leading industry voice on standards-based Web design. Ethan is also the curator of sidesh0w.com, a popular Web log that is equal parts design, coding, and blather.
Dunstan Orchard of Dorset, UK, and San Francisco is Senior UI Engineer at Apple’s online store. He is a member of The Web Standards Project, a silent developer for the popular open source blogging platform Wordpress, and an occasional contributor to his own site at http://1976design.com/.
Todd Dominey of Atlanta founded Dominey Design (domineydesign.com), an interactive Web development and design studio that has produced original work for Budweiser, The Washington Post, Google, Winterfresh Gum, and others. He is also a Senior Interactive Designer at Turner Sports Interactive, designing and developing Web destinations for major PGA tournaments (including the PGA Championship and The Ryder Cup).--This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.