- Paperback: 416 pages
- Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional; 3 edition (May 5, 2005)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0321193121
- ISBN-13: 978-0321193124
- Product Dimensions: 7 x 0.7 x 9.1 inches
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- Average Customer Review: 18 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,691,057 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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From the Back Cover
In this updated edition to their original best-selling classic, the co-creators of CSS clearly, logically, and painlessly explain the hows and whys and ins and outs of the visual formatting language that is their gift to us. The Web would be a poorer place without Messieurs Bos and Lie. Your shelf will be richer for the addition of this book.
Rely on it. Study it. Savor it.
The Indispensible CSS Tutorial and ReferenceStraight from the Creators of CSS
Direct from the creators of CSS, this is the definitive guide to CSS, today's indispensable standard for controlling the appearance of any Web or XML document. This book doesn't just show how to use every significant CSS 1 and 2.x feature; it carefully explains the "why" behind today's most valuable CSS design techniques. You'll find practical, downloadable examples throughoutalong with essential browser support information and best practices for building high-impact pages and applications.
Cascading Style Sheets: Designing for the Web, Third Edition covers every CSS 2.1 improvement and fix, from new height/width definitions in absolutely positioned elements to new clip property calculations. Clear, readable, and thorough, it's the one must-have CSS resource for every Web developer, designer, and content provider. Coverage includes
Mastering essential CSS concepts: Rules, declarations, selectors, properties, and more
Working with type: From absolute/relative units to font size and weight
Understanding CSS objects: Box model, display properties, list styles, and more
Exercising total control over spacing and positioning
Specifying colors for borders and backgrounds
Managing printing: Margins, page breaks, and more
Implementing media-specific style sheets for audio rendering, handhelds, and other forms of presentation
Moving from HTML extensions to CSS: Five practical case studies
Making the most of cascading and inheritance
Using external style sheets and @import
Integrating CSS with XML documents
Optimizing the performance of CSS pages
Includes a handy CSS Quick Reference printed on the inside covers
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About the Author
ABOUT THE AUTHORS
HåKON WIUM LIE is the CTO of Opera Software. His job is to make sure Opera remains a better, smaller, and faster browser than the one you know. Before joining Opera in 1999, Håkon worked at W3C, where he was responsible for the development of Cascading Style Sheetsa concept he proposed while working at CERN in 1994. Håkon holds an MS degree in visual studies from the MIT Media Lab.
BERT BOS, along with Lie, was one of the original authors of CSS. He joined W3C in 1995 to launch its internationalization activities and currently coordinates its style sheet activities.
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Only very light edits have been made to the text. The coding examples remain the same - after six years. The order of the chapters has been slightly rearranged, and two outdated chapters (on WebFonts and aural style sheets) have been dropped. Color illustrations are used less frequently, hurting the clarity of the examples; and the page layout is not as clean. On the positive side, entries in the "CSS quick reference" (on the inside cover) now refer to the correct page numbers in the book. And of course the browser compatability charts, noting which browsers support which CSS features, have been updated: Internet Explorer 6, Firefox 1, Opera 7.2, Safari 1, and the Prince 4 CSS formatter are now covered.
If you have not used previous editions of this book, read through the comments made about the 2nd edition, as much of what was said there still applies here. This remains a decent CSS coding reference, but frankly, I refer to Elizabeth Castro's "HTML for the World Wide Web, 5th edition" far more frequently.
However, this book does not cover advanced layout, which was never really included in CSS (there is hope in CSS3). Discussions of layout will need to be found in other resources.
On the other hand, if you are an artsy person who likes to learn by doing, this book is not for you. It would be better if you searched for Eric Meyer on CSS, which takes you through implementing CSS on a project like basis. Eric Meyer on CSS does presume knowledge of markup (HTML/XHTML) however.
Cascading Style Sheets by Lie and Bos does all of the above. The book can be read cover-to-cover, or used as a reference as needed. I rarely had to use the index to find a subject, because the chapters are well-named and stick to their subject. This is rare.
The authors have exceptional credentials, authoring technical and exacting specifications for CSS. Yet they wrote a book that is clear and understandable for us mere mortals. Every web developer should have a copy.