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Speaking in Styles: Fundamentals of CSS for Web Designers 1st Edition

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Speaking in Styles aims to help Web designers learn the "language" that will be used to take their vision from the static comp to the live Internet. Many designers think that CSS is code, and that it's too hard to learn. Jason takes an approach to CSS that breaks it down around common design tasks and helps the reader learn that they already think in styles--they just need to learn to speak the language.
Jason helps Web designers find their voice, walks them through the grammar of CSS, shows them how to write their design specs in CSS, and how to prepare it for screen, printer or handheld devices. Along the way designers will learn to optimize their code, make it accessible, optimize for search engines, mix it up with Flash, and more.

About the Author

Jason Cranford Teague is a senior information architect for Lante and has designed Web sites for numerous corporations, including Virgin, WebMD, Coca-Cola, CNN, Bell South, and DuPont. He is the author of the previous editions of this guide.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 360 pages
  • Publisher: New Riders; 1 edition (July 10, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0321574168
  • ISBN-13: 978-0321574169
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.7 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,679,027 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Jason Cranford Teague is a designer, writer and teacher who helps people creatively apply technology. He has over 15 years of experience in the online world and written numerous books, including Speaking in Styles: The Fundamentals of CSS for Web Designers and Fluid Web Typography. He has recently worked with the W3C CSS Workgroup--advising them on design issues with typography. Learn more about Jason from his blog, speaking-in-styles.com or follow him on twitter @jasonspeaking.

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CSS is how the Web's visual world is described and designers need more than just technique savvy to build strong CSS sites. SPEAKING IN STYLES: FUNDAMENTALS OF CSS FOR WEB DESIGNERS provides a top pick on how to think in the colors, forms and compositions of the code and its styles. Designers and collections catering to them will learn how to 'pop' a Web page and how to learn the semantics of CSS without technical jargon in this top, recommended pick that goes beyond most CSS explanations.
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Excellent book! My mind thinks both artistically and logically. I was reading Jason's previous book, "CSS, DHTML & AJAX - Fourth Edition" and found that I was having a bit of a hard time grasping the concepts in the technical format. In "Speaking in Styles" Jason addresses CSS from a designers viewpoint, including many examples as well as references to online resources for further self-education. Now I can go back to 'Fourth Edition' with a solid base knowledge of why rather than just how. Whether you intend to develop or simply collaborate with developers, a designer needs to at least understand the 'language' of styles in much the same way that a print designer understands how to prep for press. Highly recommended!
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A beautifully illustrated book that teaches both CSS and web design best practices. In a truly unique fashion it shows CSS rules and how they affect a page, and talks in clear terms about designing and implementing sites. A truly different and unique book, and one of the few I'll be using in teaching my CSS/Design classes next semester.
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I sometimes struggle to read an entire book--especially if it is a technical book. This book, however, was not at all hard for me to get through. The information was very well-organized and presented in a manner that kept me interested. This book made CSS very clear to me. I have always been a little confused about what order CSS rules are applied to web pages. This book lays it out in a manner that is easy to understand and remember. If you build web pages at all, or if you need a good reference book for CSS, I highly recommend getting this book. It's well worth what little I paid for it.
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More of a basic CSS book than an advanced one, it's nonetheless useful even for intermediate CSS users getting back into the swing of things. Full color, well laid out, and just the right amount of information, especially for those of us whose HTML dates back to HTML's infancy (long before CSS was invented) and hence are kind of out of date.
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This is the best book I've seen yet. I am a visual learner and was having trouble understanding, but with this book everything is explained and you are shown what, why and how to do the steps for each section. I like the fact that it shows HTML and then the appropriate CSS formats.
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