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  • Paperback: 280 pages
  • Publisher: Apress; 1 edition (Feb. 8 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1590596145
  • ISBN-13: 978-1590596142
  • Product Dimensions: 19 x 1.6 x 22.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 581 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews
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About the Author

In October 2006 Simon started Erskine Design—based in Nottingham, UK—that grew to become an eight-strong team of creative web designers and developers who are afraid of nothing. Some people say they're one of the best agencies out there, and their clients include major magazines, government stuff, software companies—and polar explorers.

Moons ago, he was a successful visual artist, and founded an independent arts org and annual arts festival, putting his degree to some use at least. Then he caught the interwebs bug.

As lead web developer at Agenzia from 2002 to 2006, he worked on numerous web projects for major record labels (such as Poptones, Universal) and bands (including The Libertines, Dirty Pretty Things, Beta Band), visual artists and illustrators (Jon Burgerman, Paddy Hartley, Lucy Orta, NOW Festival), businesses, community, and voluntary sector orgs, passionately ensuring everything was accessible and complied with current web standards.

He does a bit of public speaking here and there, and will generally do anything for a biscuit and cup of tea, but prefers hard cash.

He has lived in many cities, including London and Reykjavik, but has now settled back in his beloved Nottingham, where the grass is green and the girls are pretty. He also drives a 31 year old car, and has a stupid cat called Bearface.

Andy Budd is one of the founding partners at User Experience Design Consultancy, Clearleft. As an interaction design and usability specialist, Andy is a regular speaker at international conferences like Web Directions, An Event Apart, and SXSW. Andy curates dConstruct, one of the UK’s most popular design conferences. He’s also responsible for UX London, the UK’s first dedicated usability, information architecture, and user experience design event.

Andy was an early champion of web standards in the UK and has developed an intimate understanding of the CSS specification and cross-browser support. As an active member of the community, Andy has helped judge several international design awards and currently sits on the advisory board for .Net magazine. Andy is also the driving force behind Silverbackapp, a low-cost usability testing tool for the Mac. Andy is an avid Twitter user and occasionally blogs at

Never happier than when he’s diving in some remote tropical atoll, Andy is a qualified PADI dive instructor and retired shark wrangler.

Cameron Moll has been designing meaningful web interfaces that harmonize utility and presentation since the late 1990s. His work or advice has been featured by HOW, Print, and Communication Arts magazines, Forrester Research, National Public Radio (NPR), and many others. He speaks on user interface design at conferences nationally and internationally, and he is also the author of Mobile Web Design.

Cameron is the founder and president of Authentic Jobs Inc., a targeted destination for web and creative professionals and the companies seeking to hire them. He is also the proprietor of Cameron Moll LLC, whose products include letterpress typography posters available for purchase at And amid all this craziness, he still finds time to play ball with each of his four boys.

You can also find Cameron online at,,, and

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This book felt incomplete. There are other books on the topic that are more descriptive, complete and that help the reader to master CSS better.
The book is weak on the visual side. Not enough figures.
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5.0 out of 5 stars You will learn CSS and learn it WELL! Aug. 24 2008
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After giving a reputable online college a chance, I found myself frustrated with their teachings of xHTML in a class called "WWW Fundamentals" which talked about CSS and I didn't learn what I needed to know about writing CSS code for the web. I decided to look through's extensive list of books and came across CSS Mastery, by Andy Budd. This book taught me more in a single week than what my class at the Art Institute taught me in 6 weeks. Through this book I have successfully kicked the habit of "table based design" and now I'm designing web standard based custom web pages using <div> tags and CSS.
Tables is for tabular data now and I find I can get more control over my web pages using CSS. This book also teaches you how to overcome the most dreaded browser of all time- Internet Explorer 5.5 and 6.0 (although I don't hack for 5.5 since it's now a dinosaur) due to it's loose interpretation of CSS standards. Anyone looking to get more control of their web designs should pick up this book and read it several times. From it, you will finally understand important fundamentals such as: The Box Model, Redefining Tags, Class, and Pseudo-Class, Floats, and positioning.
I have been recommending this book to everyone who is looking to better their skills in CSS and you can see most of my work online:
This may be the best money spent on a book if you are a web developer.
As of 2010 I now own an advertising agency ( [...] ) and I still find myself using this book from time to time. I even recommend this book to my employees!
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Most Important CSS book to own in your Library. July 20 2007
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There are just so many positive things that I have to say about this book I'm not quite sure where to begin. First, I really wish I came across this book last year when I began learning about designing Websites with standards based CSS and HTML.

In that time, I spent countless hours on all kinds of different reference and CSS group sites reading articles and copying suggested fixes and CSS solutions. I accumulated a dozen authoritative links, some with handfuls of links themselves, to reference CSS solutions, fixes to particular quirks and of course hacks and filters. However, amidst the sea of information you still really end up experimenting yourself to determine the particular merit of one solution to another... all of which adds up to a pretty high learning curve which is why some experienced veteran designers still use tables to some extent for layouts.

However, with this book. Andy Budd lends an authoritative, straightforward and experienced voice to the elements, quirks and challenges that you'll face as a CSS designer. Plus he steps you through the solutions without weighing you down with unnecessary technical discussions and jargon. Here is a problem, here is a damn good solution. Some other reviewers have gone more indepth about this book and many suggest only intermediate level designers should use it but even as a beginner you should have this in your collection.

Else, you'll find yourself like me in hindsight wishing you had it a long time ago.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars You haven't mastered CSS until you've read this book. Oct. 10 2006
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After going through a round of book buying on Amazon (mainly Ajax and PHP books), I originally decided that this would be a 'glancer' at Barnes and Nobles. Having spent over a year designing full CSS w3c-compliant sites, I though there wasn't too much more I could learn on the subject. A day later I spent over an hour at B&N reading this book and then decided to purchase it. It's that great.

This book doesn't just tell you about CSS, it shows you how to do it right, in both a standards-supporting approach and a clean, efficient, code-consolidating way. While it's not necessarily for beginners (it doesn't discuss basics) it should eventually be read by anyone who thinks they've mastered CSS or would one day like to.

Among other things here are some things in the book that I found useful:

-The CSS box model and how it works. [Including why margins collapse on one another.]

-CSS Image maps, drop-shadow methods, and rounded corner methods - [All fascinating and useful.]

-Using CSS with dynamically created content [One tip in particular that really helped me out.]

-Creating icon links via padding-left, nesting absolute divs inside relative divs, and other creative ideas.

I plan on getting my work to purchase a copy of this book and make it mandatory reading for any future web designers we have. Do yourself a favor and pick it up. It's half the price then what you'd find at the regular bookstore and you'll definitely get your $20 worth.
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5.0 out of 5 stars a must-have for designers June 18 2006
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In my small opinion this is a must-have book for designers wanting to learn CSS. It's probably not for the hard-core coders but more for the massive number of designers who do web as part or all of their service who want to step up their skills.

As well as an excellent foundation explanation, the book shows perfect examples of pretty much all the key elements you would want to know (multiple list styles, image usage, navigation methods to name only a few).

I found this book lit a lightbulb above my head several times about things that I just couldn't get my head around before as well as made me understand the foundations well enough that I could jump online and find solutions (that I could understand - not just cobble together) to more advanced techniques.

I've bought a few CSS books in my search over the last year or so and can honestly say that nothing else has come close to what this book offers in every respect.

also, as a small note: it made a change to use a book made for designers that actually used great design in both the book and the examples shown. Too many other books are written by people who call themselves designers yet use terrible examples and methods. This may seem unimportant but it's not. How can someone teach you design tips when they may not know the right angle of approach.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book July 6 2006
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Great book. This covers more advanced topics like hack management and teaches frontend developers to work around known browser bugs. Andy Budd does a great job explaining the "hasLayout" issues and proposes workable solutions. One thing of interest was the remote rollovers that use CSS - the CSS version of image maps.

He also does a great job keeping "code" consilidation as an ongoing, underlying premise throughout the book. He uses a few examples of combining classes, which help keep the (X)HTML and CSS bloat factor down to a minimum.

The idea of fluid or liquid layouts is taken one step further than other books on CSS. He focuses on making all elements within the site fluid, not just the text and parent containers. With the methods taught in this book, your images will also respond to the size of the browser window. Nice touch.

He discusses advanced topics in a manner that are easily digestable. We saw a British Invasion in the 60's with the Beatles. It looks like we may have another British invasion now - in the world of web design and web standards. He is one of many outstanding developers/authors from England who are rising up in the web arena.