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Chris Casciano

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Oct. 13 2010 0321732278 978-0321732279 1
CSS is a language for describing the presentation of elements in a document marked up in HTML. It enables you to rapidly create Web designs that can be shared by multiple pages, accelerates development time, and is the essential tool for building standards-compliant sites. This low-priced pocket guide works as a concise introduction to CSS3 and serves as a handy reference. In it readers will learn
  • The core concepts of CSS
  • How to format text with CSS
  • How to apply CSS style rules to markup
  • How to build multicolumn layouts without using tables
  • And much more
This pocket guide along with the HTML Pocket Guide and the JavaScript Pocket Guide make creating standard-compliant websites a breeze. Learn core concepts or skip to the parts you need to solve an immediate problem. They're exactly the resource that every Web designer needs.

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About the Author

Chris Casciano started building web sites professionally in 1997 when web development meant working with tables and font tags, sticking to a "web safe" color pallette, and worrying about load times for those using dial-up modems. He is now working as freelance web developer, spending the last 9 years in the trenches architecting and building web sites for digital agencies and their clients. Throughout his career Chris has explored ways to implement emerging technologies like HTML5, CSS3 and JavaScript in practical ways -- balancing the bleeding edge with the responsibilities of serving a diverse audience. His personal projects and writing have inspired industry leaders with projects like "Daily CSS Fun" in 2002 serving as inspiration for the popular "CSS Zen Garden". Since 2003, Chris has been an advocate for adoption of standards as a member of the Web Standards Project.

His personal web site, Place Name Here (, now home to a blog covering both web development and his other passion of digital photography, has been online since 1998.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Concise and to the point Feb. 28 2011
By A2life - Published on
I am laying a totally different view for this book from the previous reviewer. This is a good book. if you have had a casual exposure to CSS by creating HTML web pages and/or viewing many pages in FireBug or IE's development tool, this book is an excellent reference book to decipher and learn CSS. I had read several CSS books and website tutorials while learning HTML, CSS plus some Javascript in DYI way. This book have most clearly explained how to create a multi-column layouts with "relative","absolute","margin offset" and "fixed" display property technique. Although these tequnique may be less important when all browsers start endorsing CSS table properties (for some reason, this book only talks about them in a few paragraphs, tacked at the end of "table"chapter where the author talks about mostly about html table tags) I finally understood why my pages looked a little odd and was able to correct problems.

You will need a knowledge about HTML tags before reading this book by the way. The author casually uses HTML tags such as <article> and <header> introduced in HTML5 so it could through you off if you only knew about pre HTML5 tags.
5.0 out of 5 stars Great little reference March 18 2014
By jmloftus13 - Published on
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I am new to web design and a bit thrown off by CSS so I frequently have to look up how to use selectors. Especially useful the night I was trying to get radio buttons on the same line... highly recommended! Caveats.. introduction states that it only covers parts of CSS3 and I'm not sure which parts so check the TOC for yourself. It also does not have full code examples it's more of a reference in that sense but that is what it claims to be.
5.0 out of 5 stars This is a great pocket book. Dec 3 2013
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This is a great book for anyone working in programming or web design. I would definitely advise this book for anyone in that field. I was very pleased with the size and detail.
5.0 out of 5 stars Just What I Expected Aug. 19 2013
By GregD - Published on
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Sometimes there is just no beating a simple pocket sized reference book on your desk when you can't remember the right syntax for your coding. These books take little space and fit nicely on the shelf next to my desk. They're jammed pack with useful clear and concise information. If you're looking for a handy reference guide in book form, you won't be disappointed in these.
4.0 out of 5 stars Fine Small Reference Volume Aug. 2 2012
By Jack Bowyer - Published on
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I was looking for a small, brief-entry CSS reference volume to use at my workstation while developing web applications. The standard definitive texts are simply too cumbersome to quick-scan comfortably. This fine volume fills that bill perfectly.

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