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The CSS Pocket Guide (Peachpit Pocket Guide) 1st Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-0321732279
ISBN-10: 0321732278
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About the Author

Chris Casciano started building web sites professionally in 1997 when web development meant working with tables and font tags, sticking to a "web safe" color pallette, and worrying about load times for those using dial-up modems. He is now working as freelance web developer, spending the last 9 years in the trenches architecting and building web sites for digital agencies and their clients. Throughout his career Chris has explored ways to implement emerging technologies like HTML5, CSS3 and JavaScript in practical ways -- balancing the bleeding edge with the responsibilities of serving a diverse audience. His personal projects and writing have inspired industry leaders with projects like "Daily CSS Fun" in 2002 serving as inspiration for the popular "CSS Zen Garden". Since 2003, Chris has been an advocate for adoption of standards as a member of the Web Standards Project.

His personal web site, Place Name Here (, now home to a blog covering both web development and his other passion of digital photography, has been online since 1998.

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Product Details

  • Series: Peachpit Pocket Guide
  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Peachpit Press; 1 edition (October 23, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0321732278
  • ISBN-13: 978-0321732279
  • Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 0.6 x 7.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #711,879 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A2life on February 28, 2011
Format: Paperback
I am laying a totally different view for this book from the previous reviewer. This is a good book. if you have had a casual exposure to CSS by creating HTML web pages and/or viewing many pages in FireBug or IE's development tool, this book is an excellent reference book to decipher and learn CSS. I had read several CSS books and website tutorials while learning HTML, CSS plus some Javascript in DYI way. This book have most clearly explained how to create a multi-column layouts with "relative","absolute","margin offset" and "fixed" display property technique. Although these tequnique may be less important when all browsers start endorsing CSS table properties (for some reason, this book only talks about them in a few paragraphs, tacked at the end of "table"chapter where the author talks about mostly about html table tags) I finally understood why my pages looked a little odd and was able to correct problems.

You will need a knowledge about HTML tags before reading this book by the way. The author casually uses HTML tags such as <article> and <header> introduced in HTML5 so it could through you off if you only knew about pre HTML5 tags.
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Format: Paperback
This is one of those books that quickly runs through a ton of information with simple examples to illustrate various points. As an earlier negative review pointed out, you won't get anything like the "Step By Step" series of books where you have a completely coded project that you can then just start fiddling with. To learn with this book, you'll have to already be working with an existing project or you'll need the skills to put together a practice project on your own. Personally, I prefer this model but I've already been developing for years (just never really got as deep as I'd like into CSS) and I just wanted a no-nonsense guide that gets to the meat of the subject. This fits the bill perfectly and doesn't force me to read the book like a novel, as most beginner's books would have you do.
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By jmloftus13 on March 18, 2014
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I am new to web design and a bit thrown off by CSS so I frequently have to look up how to use selectors. Especially useful the night I was trying to get radio buttons on the same line... highly recommended! Caveats.. introduction states that it only covers parts of CSS3 and I'm not sure which parts so check the TOC for yourself. It also does not have full code examples it's more of a reference in that sense but that is what it claims to be.
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By GregD on August 19, 2013
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Sometimes there is just no beating a simple pocket sized reference book on your desk when you can't remember the right syntax for your coding. These books take little space and fit nicely on the shelf next to my desk. They're jammed pack with useful clear and concise information. If you're looking for a handy reference guide in book form, you won't be disappointed in these.
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