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Product Details

  • Paperback: 656 pages
  • Publisher: Wrox; 2 edition (June 12 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470096977
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470096970
  • Product Dimensions: 18.8 x 3.4 x 23.4 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 Kg
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From the Back Cover

The power to build visually stunning web sites is now at your fingertips. This comprehensive introduction clearly shows you how to combine Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) with HTML, XHTML, or XML to create rich, aesthetically compelling web designs. It follows a browser-neutral point of view so you can easily develop sites that are compatible with IE6, IE7, Firefox 2, Opera 9, and Safari 2.

Packed with detailed examples in syntax-colored code and showing the resulting web pages in color, the second edition will help you discover how and why CSS works. It first guides you through the principles of sound CSS-based web design and the properties for manipulating the presentation of a document. You'll then find out how to take your sites to a higher level with CSS concepts such as multi-column layouts and centering positioned elements vertically.

What you will learn from this book

  • All about the CSS Level 1, 2, 2.1, and 3 specifications
  • Ways to manipulate text and select effects for your fonts

  • Bugs and workarounds for IE6 and IE7

  • How to control the flow of your document layout

  • Tips for enhancing your design using backgrounds

  • The four different types of positioning: static, relative, absolute, and fixed

  • How to change the behavior of elements in an XML or HTML/XHTML document

Who this book is for

This book is for beginning web developers and designers who want to use CSS for better, faster design and markup. Basic familiarity with HTML is required.

Wrox Beginning guides are crafted to make learning programming languages and technologies easier than you think, providing a structured tutorial format that will guide you through all the techniques involved.

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About the Author

Richard York is a web application developer for Trilithic, Inc., a company specializing in test equipment for the telecommunications industry. He wrote his first book, Beginning CSS: Cascading Style Sheets for Web Design (Wrox Press), in 2004.
Richard began his web development career taking courses at Indiana University–Purdue University Indianapolis. Since college, he has continued a self-imposed curriculum, mastering various technologies used in web development including HTML/XHTML, CSS, JavaScript, PHP, and MySQL. An avid supporter of open source software, he has written an open source webmail application for PHP PEAR and is currently working on an open source PHP library and framework called Hierophant, which he hopes to release in 2007.
Richard maintains a personal website at where you can learn more about his professional and personal interests.

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4 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars good book for a patient reader March 20 2008
By clue - Published on
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this is a good book for the beginner who likes a lot of repetition and hand holding. there is A LOT of overviews, introductions, transitions, summations, and examples to reinforce the concepts being taught. as you might guess, there is A LOT of overlap when the writer and/or editor chooses this type of writing style.

i did learn a lot from reading it, and i did retain the information. however, i might bravely suggest that i could have done this anyway, even if the book contained prodigiously less reiteration.

i would have unreservedly given the book at least 4 stars if it had been more condensed. but that's how bad the repetition was in this book. it got pretty exhausting at times, for the reader.

for a future edition, i would recommend to the writer and/or editor to cut out all of the needless verbosity.
20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful July 26 2007
By Todd Hawley - Published on
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I've read several books about CSS over the last three or four years, but this book has to be the most complete I've seen. Not only does Mr. York obviously know this material quite extensively, he does it in a way that makes total sense. And this book is not just for beginning web developers either, there's quite a bit of information that more experienced developers can learn about. I also liked the various code examples in color. It helps to make the specific code stand out much more when it's in a different color than the code around it. This of course helps the reader to understand and remember it more effectively.

The author also takes time to talk about the differences in browsers and how each one presents the code. There are few things more aggravating to a web developer than having to deal with the various quirks of each browser. What looks great in IE may not look so hot in Firefox or Safari. And vice versa. The author cites various examples of this throughout the book, as well as "workarounds" for each "issue."

Another thing that makes this book so enjoyable is how the author goes through step by step instructions on how to achieve a particular style. This is one way to show how styles affect presentation.

It's amazing how powerful CSS has become over the last few years. There's a lot you can do with styles and Mr York has shown all web developers ways we can take advantage of this power.
13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Everything I was looking for in just one book May 18 2008
By Amazon Customer - Published on
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When searching for a technical manual, I usually am able to narrow the field down to just 2 or 3 that together will cover my needs.

I sat down with a stack of about 15 books on CSS, including the most popular listed on Amazon, and started thumbing through them to evaluate their content, organization, reference material, indexing, etc. I eliminated several books, and had a tall stack of possible books to one side when I opened this book. I was first struck by the simple beauty of the book layout. The material in this book is presented in an exceptionally pleasing manner, easy to read, and well punctuated with examples and graphics. Code is colorcoded so the reader can easily pick out the portions being described in the text, and followed by color photos of the actual screens resulting from the code.

The book is logically organized and includes the best and most comprehensive reference section of all the books I considered.

The topics are easy to read and clearly presented. There are exercises to do which allow the reader to actually test-drive the techniques described and accompanying code files are available on the website to go along with the book.

I was surprised to find one book that contained everything that I look for in a technical manual. Hurray! I didn't have to buy 2 or 3 books to cover all the bases.

Thank you Richard York.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Beginning CSS May 30 2009
By Tyson J. Randall - Published on
Format: Paperback
This is one of the best CSS books I've come across. The author is very understandable and the majority of the examples in the book are very useful and informative, although a handful of them could have been left out without detriment to the reader or content-flow of the book. However, after reading through the book only once and actually working through the examples for myself I have become rather confident in using CSS and have designed a number of rather professional websites. I would recommend the book with full faith that any reader interested in honestly learning CSS could do so with a little time and careful attention to the presentations in the book.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pretty Good Book Jan. 10 2010
By E. Montalvo - Published on
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The book does cover from the easier parts of CSS as well as parts that only relate to Internet Explorer. I don't think that this book is a beginner's book and it does provide good coverage of the CSS as it relates to the browsers that work and Internet Explorer -- which we call Mr. Alzheimer for many reasons.

I use the book to develop some of the newer sites that I am working on because I don't have the time to search the Internet for an answer. There is a lot of trial and error involved when it comes to web development and books like this one help reduce this trial and horror.