CSS: The Missing Manual: The Missing Manual (Google eBook)

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"O'Reilly Media, Inc.", Aug 24, 2006 - Computers - 496 pages
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Web site design has grown up. Unlike the old days, when designers cobbled togetherchunky HTML, bandwidth-hogging graphics, and a prayer to make their sites look good,Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) now lets your inner designer come out and play. But CSSisn't just a tool to pretty up your site; it's a reliable method for handling allkinds of presentation--from fonts and colors to page layout. CSS: The MissingManual clearly explains this powerful design language and how you can use it tobuild sparklingly new Web sites or refurbish old sites that are ready for an upgrade.

Like their counterparts in print page-layout programs, style sheets allowdesigners to apply typographic styles, graphic enhancements, and precise layoutinstructions to elements on a Web page. Unfortunately, due to CSS's complexity andthe many challenges of building pages that work in all Web browsers, most Web authorstreat CSS as a kind of window-dressing to spruce up the appearance of their sites.Integrating CSS with a site's underlying HTML is hard work, and often frustratinglycomplicated. As a result many of the most powerful features of CSS are left untapped.With this book, beginners and Web-building veterans alike can learn how to navigatethe ins-and-outs of CSS and take complete control over their Web pages'appearance.



Author David McFarland (the bestselling author of O'Reilly's Dreamweaver: TheMissing Manual) combines crystal-clear explanations, real-world examples, a dashof humor, and dozens of step-by-step tutorials to show you ways to design sites withCSS that work consistently across browsers. You'll learn how to:



  • Create HTML that's simpler, uses less code, is search-engine friendly, andworks well with CSS


  • Style text by changing fonts, colors, font sizes, and adding borders


  • Turn simple HTML links into complex and attractive navigation bars-completewith CSS-only rollover effects that add interactivity to your Web pages


  • Style images to create effective photo galleries and special effects likeCSS-based drop shadows


  • Make HTML forms look great without a lot of messy HTML


  • Overcome the most hair-pulling browser bugs so your Web pages work consistentlyfrom browser to browser


  • Create complex layouts using CSS, including multi-column designs that don'trequire using old techniques like HTML tables


  • Style Web pages for printing


Unlike competing books, this Missing Manual doesn't assume that everyone in theworld only surfs the Web with Microsoft's Internet Explorer; our book providessupport for all major Web browsers and is one of the first books to thoroughlydocument the newly expanded CSS support in IE7, currently in beta release.



Want to learn how to turn humdrum Web sites into destinations that will captureviewers and keep them longer? Pick up CSS: The Missing Manual and learn thereal magic of this tool.

  

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Review: CSS3: The Missing Manual

User Review  - Tom Panning - Goodreads

This is a good introduction to CSS in general and CSS3 specifically. I'm a software developer, but anyone who is familiar with HTML could follow this book. In some places, it seemed like an earlier ... Read full review

Review: CSS3: The Missing Manual

User Review  - Brad - Goodreads

Excellent reference that includes CSS3. Read full review

Contents

CSS Basics
13
Creating Styles and Style Sheets
27
Selector Basics Identifying What to Style
43
Saving Time with Inheritance
71
Managing Multiple Styles The Cascade
81
Applied
97
Formatting Entire Paragraphs
112
Margins Padding and Borders
133
Formatting Tables and Forms
251
CSS Page Layout
275
Positioning Elements on a Web Page
325
Advanced
363
Improving Your CSS Habits
383
CSS in Dreamweaver 8
433
CSS Resources
455
Index
463

Adding Graphics to Web Pages
171
Sprucing Up Your Sites Navigation
209

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About the author (2006)

David Sawyer McFarland is president of Sawyer McFarland Media, Inc., a Web development and training company in Portland, Oregon. He's been building websites since 1995, when he designed an online magazine for communication professionals. He's served as webmaster at the University of California at Berkeley and the Berkeley Multimedia Research Center, and oversaw a complete CSS-driven redesign of Macworld.com. David is also a writer and trainer, and teaches in the Portland State University multimedia program. He wrote the bestselling Missing Manual titles on Adobe Dreamweaver, CSS, and JavaScript.

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