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Cascading Style Sheets 2.0 Programmer's Reference Paperback – Apr 10 2001
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From the Back Cover
Improve Web Design and Delivery with this Useful Programming Language!
Make your Web design and development more potent by using Cascading Style Sheets to define and deliver your pages. Attach CSS to structured documents to influence presentation without adding new HTML tags or sacrificing device independence. Build cohesive pages from multiple sources using CSS ordering to help eliminate conflicts. Structure and offer consistent content using STYLE attributes of individual element tags, LINK elements, and imported style sheets. Let this Programmer's Reference be a tool for quick and accurate access to CSS 2.0 specifics, and realize the Web's ideal of separating presentation and content.
- Design and deploy CSS effectively with this concise reference
- Utilize the most direct means of presenting Web content as you intend it to be viewed
- Understand the properties and values of CSS, including visual, paged, and aural media styles, plus selectors, pseudo-elements, pseudo-classes, at-rules, and more.
About the Author
Eric A. Meyer (Cleveland, OH) has been working with the Web since late 1993. He is currently the Internet Applications Manager for the OPAL Group, an information technology firm in Cleveland, Ohio. Eric is an Invited Expert and member of the W3C CSS&FP Working Group, and he is responsiblr for coordinating the creation of the W3C's CSS Test Suite. Eric continues to remain active on CSS newsgroups and edits Web Review's Style Sheets Reference
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Of course, it IS a reference volume - not an introduction. Therefore (as some reviewers note) even the introductory material is not sufficiently elementary for the novice. The word REFERENCE is in the title, however, so I don't fault this book for not providing what it didn't promise to provide. So, beginners, feel free to buy the book now - because you'll want it to refer to. But get your grounding in a more basic book. Meyer's 2000 "Cascading Style Sheets: The Definitive Guide" could use its second edition, but is a great way to begin when you have this "Reference" volume to check the latest info on CSS and browsers supported.
And, if you're need persuading to minimize your HTML and move forward with Style Sheets, at least skim the first couple chapters of Owen Briggs. et al.'s "Cascading Style Sheets: Separating Content from Presentation" (ISBN 1904151043 ) They quickly helped me see why not to waste time and power on mere HTML when I'm involved in a complex web site - especiallly when growth and adaptations are planned over the years.
The opinions expressed above are personal and do not represent Mr. Sobkoviak's employers or clients.
Eric's experience in the application of this advanced technique and his participation in the Web community is expressed in the organization and clarity of this book. No hand-holding tutorials here, just the facts and the context which gives those facts meaning.
And if that is not compact enough for you, Chapter 8 "CSS2 Quick Reference," condenses the material even more. Also handy is the lengthy chart on browser compatibility.
I can only fault the book for not going beyond its purpose. That is, the book covers the CSS specification properties only. In particular, styles implemented by Internet Explorer, which may be extremely handy yet not officially approved, are not covered.
Unfortunately there are very few illustrations or screen shots to help you grasp difficult ideas, which sometimes results in long and wordy descriptions of the various properties. I found myself skimming over such busy paragraphs because I knew the idea they were trying to describe, but anyone unfamiliar with the ideas may find themselves getting frustrated trying to work out exactly what it is that is being said. A few more well placed illustrations would have made it easier to use.
Another thing that annoyed me was the repetition of paragraphs while detailing the properties. While I can understand the need to repeat the paragraphs (after all, it is a reference book!), it did get rather tired, particularly when looking up related properties or attributes.
Despite these little annoyances, it makes an ideal quick reference book. The headings and text are clear, the pages easy to scan and alphabetical ordering makes it easy to find attributes by name. There is no obvious distinction between CSS1 and CSS2, but important differences in implementation of the two are pointed out when relevant.
Even better, this has the information that HTML books tend to forget. Most mention HTML STYLE="" options in various of the formatting tags. None of the HTML books I've seen tell you what to put between the quotes. This book take the place of the chapter that should have been in my HTML book, but isn't.
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It says that in the title but some of the negative reviews on this book seem to have overlooked that. It is NOT a turorial.Read more