- Paperback: 258 pages
- Publisher: O'Reilly Media; 4 edition (August 2, 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1449399037
- ISBN-13: 978-1449399030
- Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 0.6 x 7 inches
- Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #96,236 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Eric A. Meyer is an internationally recognized expert, author, and speaker on HTML, CSS, and web standards, and the founder of Complex Spiral Consulting (www.complexspiral.com). In addition to writing numerous books on CSS, Eric created the CSS Browser Compatibility Charts and coordinated the authoring and creation of the W3C's official CSS Test Suite.
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It opens with the basics: a thorough coverage of import rules, display roles and positioning, among other things, in a format which did more for me than the a prior edition of "The Definitive Guide" was able to clearly express.
The second chapter lists values which can be applied to the CSS rules.
The third chapter covers selectors, in a useful reference-style manner which makes it easy for me to find several of the structures I haven't been, but that I should be using.
The final and largets of chapters lists the CSS properties along with their application, structure and description.
An index is provided in the back of the guide for quick lookup.
I find this pocket guide ideal. If I had never read the full-sized book, I would probably have been able to get by just fine with this one, though I'd have missed out on browser compatibility asides and other useful tidbits not found here. I completely recommend this pocket reference. It's everything I had hoped it would be, but if you already know CSS, then don't expect it to be anything more than the handy, pocket-sized reference that it is.
Pocket References are not intended to explain the technology, but act as a reminder of the particulars. Nonetheless, Eric Meyer spends the first 30 pages refreshing our knowledge of floats, the box model, positioning, and other concepts. A quick run-through is always welcome, and if one realizes that a subject is not fully understood then other reference materials are necessary.
An unexpected pleasure with the book is the fact that being concise, I came across a number of things that had escaped my notice. For instance, I did not even realize that there was a negation pseudo-class. When a new iteration of the standard is offered, there is so much to digest that it is easy to miss a number of things. This pocket reference lists these so that those which I have not noticed are pointed out for my consideration.
But the primary strength is in the reference itself, which is meaningfully laid out. I am able to get to the syntax that continues to escape my mind. For instance, I am constantly forgetting the differing syntax between the beginning and ending substring attribute value selectors and finding the proper character is quick and easy.
This is not a book for one who is not comfortable with CSS. Although this pocket reference measures 230 pages (without index), the expectation is on the reader to know what they are looking for. I would highly recommend pairing this book with Meyer's CSS: The Definitive Guide for completeness.
The only thing I would suggest for the next edition would be some HTML markup examples but it only takes a second to hop on the laptop and try out the features yourself and really see what the CSS does.
So why buy the book instead of just looking it all up online? Well, the reason I did was because there are things in the book that is NOT easily found online - although now that I know the technical term, they're a bit easier to find. Only drawback was when looking at the index, it stopped at M - or maybe there just aren't any CSS terms past "media attribute"? Not a big deal since the properties are in alphabetical order. It was probably just a fluke with this particular run.