CSS: The Missing Manual

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"O'Reilly Media, Inc.", Aug 21, 2009 - Computers - 560 pages
26 Reviews

Cascading Style Sheets can turn humdrum websites into highly-functional, professional-looking destinations, but many designers merely treat CSS as window-dressing to spruce up their site's appearance. You can tap into the real power of this tool with CSS: The Missing Manual. This second edition combines crystal-clear explanations, real-world examples, and dozens of step-by-step tutorials to show you how to design sites with CSS that work consistently across browsers. Witty and entertaining, this second edition gives you up-to-the-minute pro techniques. You'll learn how to:

  • Create HTML that's simpler, uses less code, is search-engine friendly, and works well with CSS
  • Style text by changing fonts, colors, font sizes, and adding borders
  • Turn simple HTML links into complex and attractive navigation bars -- complete with rollover effects
  • Create effective photo galleries and special effects, including drop shadows
  • Get up to speed on CSS 3 properties that work in the latest browser versions
  • Build complex layouts using CSS, including multi-column designs
  • Style web pages for printing

With CSS: The Missing Manual, Second Edition, you'll find all-new online tutorial pages, expanded CSS 3 coverage, and broad support for Firebox, Safari, and other major web browsers, including Internet Explorer 8. Learn how to use CSS effectively to build new websites, or refurbish old sites that are due for an upgrade.

  

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Review: CSS: The Missing Manual

User Review  - Arun Mahendrakar - Goodreads

The book starts pretty basic, but gives a very detailed dive into CSS. This book shows you the different hacks needed for different browsers (ugh ugh IE)! David gives some really interesting tips and ... Read full review

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

Contents

Introduction
1
Rethinking HTML for CSS
17
Creating Styles and Style Sheets
31
Identifying What to Style
49
Saving Time with Style Inheritance
81
The Cascade
91
Formatting Text
113
Margins Padding and Borders
151
Introducing CSS Layout
299
Building FloatBased Layouts
311
Positioning Elements on a Web Page
355
CSS for the Printed Page
395
Improving Your CSS Habits
415
CSS on the Edge
437
CSS Property Reference
459
CSS in Dreamweaver CS4
487

Adding Graphics to Web Pages
187
Sprucing Up Your Sites Navigation
225
Formatting Tables and Forms
271
CSS Resources
517
Index
525
Copyright

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About the author (2009)

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, 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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