- Paperback: 400 pages
- Publisher: SitePoint; Second edition (August 14, 2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 097584198X
- ISBN-13: 978-0975841983
- Product Dimensions: 7 x 1 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 13 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,290,844 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author
Rachel Andrew is the Director of edgeofmyseat.com, a Web solutions company based in the UK. She is a member of the Web Standards project, serving on the Dreamweaver Task Force.
Rachel's writing credits include: Dreamweaver MX Design Projects (Apress), Fundamental Web Design and Development Skills (glasshaus) and HTML Utopia: Designing Without Tables Using CSS, 2nd Edition (SitePoint).
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I'm the kind that likes to go right into a project and learn the technologies as I go. I've done a bunch of websites using WYSIWYG editors and got to the point I needed to work the code myself. I checked into current standards and learned about XHTML and CSS. Rather than just modify existing projects, I started fresh and followed standards from the get go.
But since I don't read books on languages or technologies from cover to cover (does anyone?), I need a book that lists possible problems and real solutions. Not pointers to go back and read half a dozen chapters in some "learn over a weekend or a lifetime" kinda thing. This is that book.
My current project needed non-java menus that gave the web2.0 kinda look. Bingo! Here tis.
If you do CSS, you'll find this book useful. CSS reminds me of JCL in that there's no logic involved, just a lot of memorization. This will help when you forget - or never read it in the first place.
Good book - well org'ed.
I own other sitepoint books such as "The Principles of Beautiful Web Design" and "CSS the Ultimate Reference" and they are all fantastic. I'm beginning to think that sitepoint is a great source for knowledge. I recommnend this book highly.
All the little things you want to know how to accomplish with CSS are explained clearly with pictures and the code included.
The table of contents is unlike most books. Each individual tip or trick is presented in the form of a question, as if the reader were asking it. So instead of "how to position a background image," for instance, you get "How do I position my background image?" instead. It's an interesting approach that makes the book a little more friendly.
Here are the chapter topics:
1. Getting Started with CSS
2. Text Styling and Other Basics
3. CSS and Images
5. Tabular Data
6. Forms and User Interfaces
7. Cross-browser Techniques
8. Accessibility and Alternative Devices
9. CSS Positioning and Layout
The chapters on Navigation and CSS Positioning and Layout are worth the cost of the book alone.
As a beginner to CSS recently, this book showed me exactly how to do all the things I wanted to do, quickly. I will keep it on my desk for quick reference in the future.
This book is not meant to teach you CSS but it is meant to show you how to accomplish certain effects using CSS.
Another BIG plus is that you can register your book on the SitePoint site and receive the ENTIRE code file from the book sent to you by email. How great is that?
I highly recommend this book.
Unfortunately, this book makes learning web design as frustrating as the other two books made it easy. I'm on the verge of returning it.
The writing is not as simple, clever or memorable (important in a How-to) as the other books. Instead, the author tends to complicate rather simple concepts and blur the lines between topics.
I'm at about an intermediate level with CSS. The few solutions here that aren't too basic are hopelessly complicated by bad writing. It is easy to waste a day trying to get something from this book to work, simply because the subject was not well presented.
Because "The CSS Anthology" is not designed to be read straight through- I find myself using internet tutorials to find the same information. Not only do the Internet solutions tend to work better, they're easier to find and easier to understand.
I'll probably try to get my money back. Skip this one from the Sitepoint library.
*"Build Your Own Websites the Right Way Using HTML & CSS" and "The Principles of Beautiful Web Design"- Both excellent for beginners