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Great book for those looking to fully grasp and apply CSS...
on January 5, 2005
This book is useful either as a first-time guide to understanding CSS and its syntax (as well as usage), or as a complimentary title to other well-known CSS books like those from Eric Meyer. The combination I have gotten the most benefit from, was reading through Meyer's Definitive Reference (2e, O'Reilly) a couple times, and then brushing up on things with this book.
I think that Meyer's book (and he has more than one - I'm just talking about the one noted above) is a great coding reference and theory primer, while this book is more useful as a means of getting code on the page, trying it out and going back to see where your mistakes were.
One reason I say that is that the diagrams and explanations used in this book are a little bit easier to grasp and apply in some cases. It's a bit more accessible, both in terms of presentation and writing style, while not being "dumbed down" in the least. The way the book is organized is also preferable to other web references I've read (CSS and otherwise). All in all, highly recommended if you're looking to take your CSS skills from "I know how to apply styles to fonts and drag DIVs onto my page" to "I know how to code custom DIVs and classes that give me exactly the look I want while keeping the code accessible and small."