- Paperback: 301 pages
- Publisher: Wrox; 2 edition (May 12, 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 047017708X
- ISBN-13: 978-0470177082
- Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 0.7 x 9.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 18 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,391,686 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Professional CSS: Cascading Style Sheets for Web Design 2nd Edition
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From the Back Cover
Professional CSS: Cascading Style Sheets for Web Design, 2nd Edition
Focusing on the best-practices aspect of web development, this full-color book is revised to reflect the changes to cascading style sheets (CSS) development procedures since the first edition was published. Featuring examples from real-world web sites, each chapter provides easily digestible CSS tips and techniques that were used for a specific site. The chapters document the designer's process from start to finish and provide insight as to how the designers overcame each site's unique set of challenges as well as ways they would have done things differently.
Offering a hands-on look into designing standards-based, large-scale, professional-level CSS web sites, this unique book presents understandable solutions to common problems and offers an intelligible approach to effectively developing CSS-enabled designs at a professional level.
What you will learn from this book
Best practices for using XHMTL with CSS
How to orchestrate a new look and feel for a blog
The ins and outs of designing a site that is relied upon by millions of users
Techniques for including drop shadows, drop-down menus, and embedded Flash® content into a web site
Tips for tackling browser-compatibility issues as well as developing functional navigational structures
Ways to customize a web site through CSS coding
How to create HTML e-mail templates, basic HTML table layouts, and how CSS plays a role in both
The importance of grids and layouts in design
Who this book is for
This book is for web developers who are looking for a clear understanding of how to use CSS to create professional-level web sites.
Wrox Professional guides are planned and written by working programmers to meet the real-world needs of programmers, developers, and IT professionals. Focused and relevant, they address the issues technology professionals face every day. They provide examples, practical solutions, and expert education in new technologies, all designed to help programmers do a better job.
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1. There's a distinct lack of focus. While the content is based on real-world CSS solutions, the authors can't really seem to get in the groove. The first chapter is devoted to "Planning and Development of Your Site". While that is certainly important information, it really is a subject that has been treated better and more thoroughly elsewhere (Goto & Cotler's "Web Redesign 2.0" comes to mind). Later chapters sort of ramble through the subject matter, not really succeeding at being thorough case studies of the sites. (For example, the chapter in ESPN was truly disapointing for its lack of content.) I really got the impression that the authors were trying to "pad" the content so as to make the book seem bigger than it really is.
2. Poor reproduction of graphics. In some cases, it's difficult to see what the authors are trying to represent. Several errors in Chapter 3 ("Blogger: Rollovers and Design Improvements") make the examples very confusing. The book's editing left much to be desired--I found quite a few errors throughout the book.
Given these two shortcomings, there is still valuable information in the book. With better editing, and tighter focus on the subject matter, this would be a good choice for a reference book on applying CSS to real-world projects. As it is, it's not a bad book to have in your collection, though I wouldn't put it on my "must-have" list.
2. Poor reproduction of graphics. In some cases, it's difficult to see what the authors are trying to represent. Several errors in Chapter 3 ("Blogger: Rollovers and Design Improvements") make the examples very confusing. The book's editing left much to be desired--I found quite a few errors throughout the boo
I agree completely and WHY WEREN'T THE GRAPHICS INCLUDED IN THE COD E DOWNLOAD? That should have taken no additional effort and made everything a lot clearer!
I buy lot's of WROX books, so let's keep after them when they shortchange us like this.