CSS Hacks and Filters: Making Cascading Stylesheets Work 1st Edition
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From the Back Cover
Cascading Style Sheets, the technology meant to bring order out of chaos by letting you update Web sites effortlessly, just doesn't always work. You recognize that when you discover your graphics, perfectly positioned in Firefox, throw your page out of whack when viewed in Explorer. The solution? This cutting-edge collection of hacks, tweaks, and filtersa one-stop resource for tailoring CSS to solve the problems you face every day. From pacifying those ancient browsers to achieving accessibility, these tools can bring CSS's promise back onlineWeb sites without worry.
- Filter CSS for older browsers and hide it from newer ones
- Use CSS to enhance graphics and media
- Sample a selection of ways to resolve CSS display issues
- Debug and troubleshoot CSS
- Make the most of CSS and implement CSS hacks in Dreamweaver®
- Create CSS-savvy Dreamweaver templates
- Apply CSS hacks to create accessible sites
- Code server-side solutions with ASP, PHP, or ColdFusion®
About the Author
- Publisher : Wiley; 1st edition (June 14, 2005)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 281 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0764579851
- ISBN-13 : 978-0764579851
- Item Weight : 15 ounces
- Dimensions : 7.4 x 0.7 x 9.2 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #8,401,112 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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really takes the cake! It's probably THE most important CSS book
It's got more nitty-gritty info than any other...things like differences between browser versions & how to work around them... Or why we can't write off NetScape4 (yet)....it's still out there like herpes.
I also like his style of writing....short concise paragraphs
and sentences with a wry sense of humor. He's "been there, done
that". Very readable.....even the intro.
I've only recently bit the bullet & started to concentrate on learning to use CSS for layout, navigation, etc... not just for text styling. This book gives me confidence I'm going to succeed.
Thanks,Joe, from all of us!
It's very frustrating to work for hours to get a page laid out correctly in one browser and then open it in another and see your layout mangled. Thus, the purpose of this book.
While I'm thankful for the hacks/filters discovered and for Mr. Lowery's collection, the need for such a book demonstrates the poor state of CSS implementation in today's browsers.
Still, CSS is a very useful technology. You need this information for CSS issues. This book is a must. Buy it!
For the beginner, it covers some of the basics, such as why use CSS at all, the notorious box model, the tan hack and the workarounds for floats. For the more advanced user, it covers some familiar ground, but goes into more detailed topics, including advanced layouts, navigation structures and using server-side solutions (ASP, PHP and ColdFusion) to control CSS. For Macromedia users, there are two chapters devoted to using CSS with Dreamweaver MX 2004 and Contribute 3. While now a version old with the release of Dreamweaver 8, most of the information is still relevant.
In such a recent book, I was surprised to find an entire chapter devoted to hacking Netscape 4 (with a section concerning IE 3 and 4), considering that the only thought most designers give to Netscape 4 nowadays is pitying the poor fools still stuck using 9-year-old software.
While probably not the best book for the absolute beginner with no CSS experience or the very advanced Web developer for whom these hacks have become second nature, it's a useful resource for those of us in the middle... particularly for those who prefer checking an index in the back of a book as opposed to sifting through a few thousand Google hits.
Another great, useful book from Joseph W. Lowery. Not a book for beginners, but a book for those frustrated by the sometimes bizarre implementation of CSS by modern browsers. It came in handy the first day. What greater praise can I give?