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About the Author

Charles Wyke-Smith who has been creating Web sites since 1994, and is currently Director of Production at Nacio, a corporate hosting and development company in Novato, California, that focuses on user experience, information architecture, and interface design. He has worked as a Web design consultant for such companies as Wells Fargo, ESPN Videogames, and The University of San Francisco. Wyke-Smith has also taught multimedia and interface design and spoken at many industry conferences.

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  • File Size: 33628 KB
  • Print Length: 312 pages
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  • Publisher: New Riders; 2 edition (December 19, 2007)
  • Publication Date: December 19, 2007
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
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Charles Wyke-Smith has been involved in media production for his entire career. In the mid-80s, he co-founded PRINTZ Electronic Design, an early, all-computerized design studio in San Francisco. He has worked in management and consulting roles at Wells Fargo, ESPN Videogames, and Benefitfocus, where he was Director of User Experience. In 2009, he co-founded PeopleMatter, an HR platform for the services industries. He is currently CEO of a new startup, Bublish, a book discovery platform.
Charles is a performing musician and author of several Web development books, including Stylin' with CSS, Codin' for the Web, Scriptin' with AJAX, and Visual Stylin' with CSS3. He lives in Charleston, South Carolina with his wife and two daughters.

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200 of 205 people found the following review helpful By Spencer M. Hall on September 12, 2005
Format: Paperback
When I started browsing Amazon for a CSS book appropriate for a beginner, I was overwhelmed by just how many there are out there! I read all the reviews and such, but could not really determine any major difference between the books or figure out which ones were `better than the others.

I decided that in order to make my decision I was going to have to flip through the books a little myself before purchasing. I took my little list to the local bookstore, gathered all of them up, and plopped down on a couch. I flipped through about 6 different books including Designing with Web Standards, CSS Core, CSS Cookbook, Beginning CSS, both Eric Meyer books, and of course, Stylin' with CSS.

I really didn't expect much from this book, I kind of grabbed it as an afterthought, or "might as well..."

I spent a good hour or so browsing the table of contents, reading bits and pieces of each book to get a feel for the author's style. I have to say I was not impressed with most of these, particularly the Eric Meyer books that so many people seem to swear by. My decision came down to Stylin' With CSS or Designing with Web Standards by Dan Cedarholm.

I chose Stylin' with CSS for several reasons. For one, Charles Wyke-Smith has a great, easy style of writing and explaining the concepts behind the rules of CSS. CSS is not overly difficult, but there is a learning curve and Wyke-Smith breaks it down into plain English. Secondly, the organization of the book is probably the most logical among the CSS books. It is not a reference book, as there are thorough explanations, but it is organized like a reference- by topic, in a sensible order. This makes it not only easy to follow the first time around, but makes it much easier to jump back to as a reference when needed.
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Edmon Begoli on July 13, 2005
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If you are a beginner or an intermediate user who wants to learn CSS from the ground up this is simply the best source out there.
I got this book two days ago and I did not stop reading it since.
It is very well written - detailed, funny, interesting and it does not treat you like a CSS dummy, but like someone who has to learn this skills to apply it in practice.

Its use of visuals, step-by-step examples and supporting tips is excellent.

If you are looking to learn CSS styling, specially for business applications - buy this book. I also liked "Eric Myer on CSS" book, but that one was more design oriented, and less pedagogical.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By S. Holsey on September 2, 2005
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Stylin' has easy to understand examples, and gets straight to the point. If anyone wants to learn CSS, in an easy and none confusing way, I really recommend this book. Unlike other books I read on the subject, books that tend to overwhelm the reader with un-necessities, Stylin' gets to the heart of what's important and provides examples of how to do the design.

I originally pursued this book because I wanted to learn how to design web pages without using tables, and this book has helped me tremendously. It's a starter book, not an advanced. But after reading, you'll be designing web pages properly using cascading style sheets for presentation, and XHTML for content.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By J. Santiago on July 14, 2005
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I had already some HTLM background, at least enough to build some basic personal sites, but almost no CSS knowledge. I wanted to get rid of using tables in my layouts, get a more consistent look throughout the different browsers and also benefit from the separation of content and markup. CSS does all those things for you.

I found this book a solid introduction to CSS. In fact, it is probably only an introduction for professionals, because for those that want to create small to medium sized web-sites, I believe the material contained in the book is all you need, not only an introduction.

I like very much the author writing style; The book contains a lot of images that really helps you understand what he is trying to explain; There is a lot of references to web-sites where you can find more information for a specific topic; He explains why to use this or that and why some features do not work with Internet Explorer and how to fix it; There is a web-site for the book where you can download all the examples and templates he uses in the book.

I recommend this book for everyone starting with CSS.

As by the time I am writing this review we can not see inside the book, I am adding some insight of the contents of each chapter.

The first chapter, Giving Structure to Content, gives you a quick overview of XHTML and explains why do you need CSS and what it can do for you. Even though it's a good idea to have some previous knowledge of HTML/XHTML, the first chapter does a good job on giving you the basis that is explored in the next chapters, so one can understand the book without even having much knowledge of HTML/XHTML.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Reviewer on June 28, 2006
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Title: Stylin' with CSS

Author: Charles Wyke-Smith

Publisher: New Riders

ISBN: 0-321-30525-6

Pages: 265 pages

Reviewer: Philip High

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

I admit it. I'd rather read a really good "How To" book than the latest "Whatever Code" adventure. And for me, this title did not disappoint. Early into the attractive and logically designed pages I would have enthusiastically given out 5 stars. Unfortunately I had to pull back from that a little for a couple of reasons I will go into later. Still, for content and readability I would not hesitate to recommend this book.

I have been using CSS styles and style sheets for 6 or 7 years via Macromedia's Dreamweaver. Yet, I always felt I wasn't really maximizing their potential. And after reading this book I confess, I was basically clueless! Now I am enlightened; let the brethren rejoice. From now on, content and presentation will be safely segregated in my brain and on my web pages. Well, actually it might take a while to reach this Valhalla, but such is the quest of "Stylin' with CSS."

All of the essentials for implementing the power of Cascading Style Sheets are here. From basic text styles to total page control, including multi-column fluid layouts with drop-down roll-over menus floating in the horizontal center of a vertically tiled background image -- Charles Wyke-Smith has got you covered. And any "deeper knowledge" not encoded here is conveniently referenced in the text and in the many, actually informative, sidebars. Can I get a witness?

Yes, the information is abundant. But, what really sets this book apart is the writing. The style is both clear and entertaining with the lessons building skillfully and solidly on each other.
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