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CSS: The Definitive Guide
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
Its a hefty book, but I think if you want to commit to using CSS as the powerhouse web code it is, than invest in it.

I don't recommend it for people looking at CSS for the very first time. Its introduction is wordy and may discourage. To start, I recommend "HTML, XHTML and CSS Visual Quickstart Guide" by Elizabeth Castro for the basics in a quick to read format. But that book can't go into detail what it really takes for cross browser layout, floating,quirk modes, etc.

Enter "CSS: The Deifinitive Guide". Written in Meyer's usual humour, it does in depth to explain HOW CSS works, not just 'type in this code and you get the following.' I think that is a very important, because unless you understand why CSS does what it does, you end up wasting time fiddling with the code till it looks right.

But the code is present for your eyes for each example he distribs and he often offers up results to what can happen if you do the code incorrect.

If you just want to use CSS to style text and basic elements in CSS, then this book is more than you need. But if you are interested in Standards and using CSS for liquid design, but find other resources claiming 'Liquid design, the EASY WAY!' is bull, then this book is for you!

It -is- the 'Definitive guide' because Meyer leaves no stone unturned.
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on May 27, 2015
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on March 21, 2009
Since CSS is used in browsers, i would have welcome a comparative comparison of browser support between the different CSS functionality. This book look more like a CSS designer's guide : what they tough when designing the language. So it's browser agnostic and could have been more useful for the day to day programming.
Update: I realize that what I wished for was the other book from Mr Meyer : CSS Pocket Reference.
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