- Series: Sourcebooks (Book 4)
- Paperback: 420 pages
- Publisher: Wiley; 1 edition (October 15, 1997)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0471196649
- ISBN-13: 978-0471196648
- Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 1 x 9.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 2 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,734,746 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Ian Graham's HTML Stylesheet Sourcebook explains the hows and whys of cascading style sheets (CSS). This Web document standard allows you to update all of the pages on your Web site at once--substituting an entirely new graphical style for every page--by only editing one document. In CSS, text and formatting instructions are entirely separate. A single style sheet maintains the style information (fonts, backgrounds, colors). The text-and-graphics HTML document passes through this style sheet, making the creation of a Web page a two-step process.
Graham's writing style is easy to understand and he uses practical examples to support his message that CSS is a vast improvement over conventional HTML. You'll learn the finer points of formatting and how text can be displayed through different style sheets, radically altering the pages' presentations.
This is not a general "how-to" HTML book (although he does provide background information about HTML). Instead, it is a guide for Web designers who are sick of the tedium of updating pages one at a time and for Web masters who are thinking hundreds of Web pages into the future.
From the Publisher
Create more sophisticated Web pages with the new HTML technology. As Web technology evolves, Webmasters and developers are increasingly called on to provide greater sophistication and flexibility in their HTML design. Stylesheets are designed to help them meet these demands. This practical resource gives HTML users the tools to create, modify, and customize HTML stylesheets, covering the entire process of designing, testing, and redesigning a stylesheet. Web site provides sample HTML and stylesheet documents.
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On the plus side he is thorough and easy to understand, on the negative side, all of the pictures are black and white. "Cascading Style Sheets: Designing for the Web" by Lie and Bos has all color pictures, making certain examples more powerful in nature.
Bottom Line: Both books are highly recommended, but neither should be used for people just starting HTML. Be proficient in HTML before you get these books or you may be confused. I feel confident in CSS specs with these books as a resource.
This is the book that got me away from font tags two years ago and set me on the road to HTML 4.01 compliance. The fact that I still haven't found a web site with the same information as accessible and well-organized is either a testament to the quality of Mr. Graham's book, or a lack of decent online CSS references.