- Paperback: 312 pages
- Publisher: New Riders; 2 edition (December 29, 2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0321525566
- ISBN-13: 978-0321525567
- Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 0.6 x 9.1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 55 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #903,543 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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A few years ago I was one of the harried site developers embedding all style characteristics in the html. No matter how carefully I preserved indentation and followed protocol the html pages inevitably glutted and became really ugly. When a customer wanted a change, first I had to search through the html to find it and then I often found myself thinking "did I write that mess"? Then came "Stylin' with CSS" the first edition and my monstrosities actually became manageable.
The 2nd edition takes it to a new level. The explanations of key concepts have been expanded and enhanced.
The conceptual approach to CSS with liberal illustrations make it clear how CSS is applied throughout the site on every page styled with a given CSS document. Site wide changes for maintenance purposes or simply restyling for visual appeal are magnitudes easier. If you are considering making the transition to standards compliant sites this is your road map. If you are already a CSS advocate, you can hone your skills.
If you are an instructor you could not do better than "Stylin' with CSS, 2nd Edition" for a textbook. If you are an employer, you should consider buying a copy for each of your site developers; it will save you money in maintenance and increase productivity.
For me personally, I've benefited most from enhanced understanding of selectors and inheritance. I can now selectively style elements based on their hierarchy in the xhtml. I know what's going to happen when I simply declare them and if I need to override the inherited values, it's easy to do.
I don't write a lot of reviews, but this is too good not to share. Apply what is taught this book and you will achieve a new level of consistency in your results and greater flexibility in your presentation as well. Cross browser consistency will be the best you can achieve. Did I mention the thought of maintenance will no longer tie knots in your stomach?
Definitely recommended; it would be a bargain at twice the price.
'Stylin' with CSS' gives the reader a solid understanding of many of the CSS rules that, in the beginning, baffle a designer. IDs and classes are thoroughly reviewed in a fresh style. Collapsing margins are addressed to help designers create sturdy fixed or liquid designs (both types of layouts are discussed in detail). Column length and positioning are given attention as well.
Thanks to this book, I am confident that the added insight will improve my future designs and allow me to deliver CSS-generated sites more effectively. To all the novice designers who are reading this review, go on and buy the book...you'll really be glad you did!