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Mastering CSS with Dreamweaver CS3 1st Edition
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Top Customer Reviews
This book attempts to teach the reader how to use Dreamweaver to create sites that use CSS. After a chapter laying out the fundamental rules for CSS, the authors provide a number of tutorials including building a new style sheet (the repository of the CSS rules), migrating a table-based layout to CSS, using liquid and then elastic CSS layouts, and finishing using a combination of Dreamweaver and Spry, another web design tool, to create a site.
The book says it's aimed at the Intermediate/Advanced level and based on my experience, I guess that I'm at the Beginner level. I've constructed table-based websites with Dreamweaver that work well and look good. I understand the fundamentals of CSS. But this book left me in the dust. In the first tutorial, the authors took me step by step through the process of using Dreamweaver, telling me exactly which menus to use and which submenus to fill in, and though I had to refresh my memory from time to time by looking at (X)HTML and CSS texts, I was able to complete the tutorial. But as the authors moved to later chapters, the instructions on using Dreamweaver became less and less specific, so that by the half-way mark, the reader was being told what code was desired without any handholding through the menus. For an occasional user like myself, it was just too much and I soon found myself flipping back and forth, and using menus even though I had no idea why I was making the selection.Read more ›
Chapter 1 - Laying the CSS Groundwork
Chapter 2 - Using the Fixed, Centered Starter Pages
Chapter 3 - Migrating a Table-based layout to CSS
Chapter 4 - Using the Liquid CSS Layouts
Chapter 5 - Creating a More Cocmplex Design with Elastic Layouts
Chapter 6 - Building a Gallery Site with CSS and Spry
Where this book shines is in teaching someone how to build standards compliant, accessible, search engine optimized, visually appealing, and cleanly coded websites using the Dreamweaver interface. I am not aware of any other book on the market that does that. Other Dreamweaver books seem to focus solely on the features of Dreamweaver without regards to standards, work flow, or the kind of code that the Dreamweaver will create if left to its own devices. It does not make sense, in my mind, to learn the product in a way that can't be used in the real world. Any reputable web designer uses the techniques discussed in this book, not all the built in options that make learning web design easy.
In regards to work flow, this book takes a case study approach. Each chapter is a project with a comp and an end goal. The reader gets to walk through all the pitfalls and browser issues that they would normally see when coding up their own sites. I think this makes the techniques easier to learn and makes the book an enjoyable read.
This book is not for beginners, if you aren't fairly comfortable with HTML and CSS, I would recommend Head First HTML, XHTML, and CSS. For advanced users, this book is really a fantastic teaching tool and reference.
The book has a very pleasant style and layout with color images and side notes. Even with its technical context, the examples were very easy to read and follow, even if you're not doing the examples online. Stephanie and Greg also presented a few great tips and tricks for using Dreamweaver CS3 and CSS, eg, the faux column technique which gives the illusion of two equal height columns.
I've been a Dreamweaver user for a few years. Late last year I learned about Dreamweaver CS3 (through Adobe's eSeminar series) and learned CSS from another great book by O'Reilly called "Learning Web Design ". It was a good, but rough, background to start designing websites with Dreamweaver CS3 and CSS. I've been waiting for this book for a long time. I read three chapters in the first week and was able to learn a lot of new techniques and tips I already used on my next design project.
However, a few things can be added to this book to make it even better. Definition and explanation of CSS best practices and Web standards would be helpful, specially in understanding some design decisions in the examples. Also, Dreamweaver CS3 has many many choices for HTML layout. This book only covers three of them.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Look at the sales reviews and rank here at Amazon -- and the lack of reviews here; this book is awful and the only people giving this great reviews are people that are pumping... Read morePublished on January 3, 2013 by pixelhopper
I use this book for reference and really appreciate the ease of use. Good examples, clear instructions and very well written.Published on July 21, 2011 by D. Whitney
I purchased this book when it was first released, and it's already dog-eared! I have to "learn by doing" to grasp the concepts, whether it's on a web project, or exercises. Read morePublished on January 3, 2009 by Robin Button
I know a little about web development and have a working knowledge of DW. DW comes with many layouts, which are excellent, but very professional, and thus somewhat complex. Read morePublished on December 10, 2008 by S. Taylor
Overall, I think that this is probably the best CSS Dreamweaver title that I have come across (and this is saying something not only because I normally prefer training DVDs, but... Read morePublished on December 8, 2008 by Carlos
There is always one thing I really despise about these type of books and that is when you follow the exercises and directions to a tee and it never works. Read morePublished on December 7, 2008 by Kris A. Chelf
This book is very good at what it does - it is an advanced css book that shows you how to build Standards compliant sites using Dreamweaver in the design view. Read morePublished on November 24, 2008 by C. Thien
The use of color and layout in this book is gorgeous but the writing leaves a lot to be desired. I am not a Dreamweaver super expert but I can find my way around the Dreamweaver... Read morePublished on October 22, 2008 by Max Likely