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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on March 24, 2014
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this book has a lot of beginners css and goes over a lot of basic stuff. It is getting very old as it is from 2005/2006.
was expecting more advanced and better explained css. not how to fix some IE5/6 css issues... Was useless for me.
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4 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on February 12, 2010
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Do you like someone trying to teach you something and at the end of teaching you something give you a bunch of exceptions to what they just taught you? Then this is the book for you!
Most of this book shows you CSS3 techniques, which of course aren't always supported. So what's the point if you can't use them? Oh, I know, "so you know techniques for the future" and "every browser can show a design slightly differently." Blah blah blah. I know IE6 is a pain, but as the book acknowledges, it's still out there.
I actually like the 1st edition a little better. It had more image replacement techniques in it. I guess they're not "correct" techniques anymore. Who knows. However, the authors did include plenty of techniques "for historical purposes". What does that mean? Don't use these or you will look like a fool and not be able to get a job?
The other great thing is that everyone pushes "semantic documents" without extraneous code. Yet, just about every example is "an exception to the rule". These techniques often use a "non-semantic" <div> or <span>. That's fine. But don't say it's wrong to do that and then give examples doing that. It's very frustrating to a beginner.
Everyone talks about "standards". Well, there are none and this book makes that perfectly clear. Everything involves "tricks" and "exceptions to the rule". I know the web changes every second and some developer has just posted a new technique or opinion as I type this. Heck, this whole printed book may be out of date by the time I'm done with this review.
So, buy this book with a grain of salt. You'll be able to design a site with CSS, but who knows if you're doing it the correct way. That extra <div> might cost you a job...
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