Handcrafted CSS: More Bulletproof Web Design

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New Riders, Apr 9, 2010 - Computers - 240 pages
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There’s a real connection between craftsmanship and Web design. That’s the theme running through Handcrafted CSS: More Bulletproof Web Design, by bestselling author Dan Cederholm, with a chapter contributed by renowned Web designer and developer Ethan Marcotte. This book explores CSS3 that works in today’s browsers, and you’ll be convinced that now’s the time to start experimenting with it.

Whether you’re a Web designer, project manager, or a graphic designer wanting to learn more about the fluidity that’s required when designing for the Web, you’ll discover the tools to create the most flexible, reliable, and bulletproof Web designs. And you’ll finally be able to persuade your clients to adopt innovative and effective techniques that make everyone’s life easier while improving the end user’s experience. This book’s seven chapters deconstruct various aspects of a case-study Web site for the Tugboat Coffee Company, focusing on aspects that make it bulletproof and demonstrate progressive enrichment techniques over more traditional labor-intensive methods.

Subjects covered in this book include:
  • building for unanticipated future use
  • progressively enriching designs using CSS3 properties
  • using RGBA color for transparency with an alpha channel
  • modular float management
  • crafting flexible frameworks
  • fluid layouts using grid-based design principles
  • craftsmanship details on typography, jQuery, and shifting backgrounds

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Great book with great tips

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This book is great for intermediate to advanced web designers who want to get the extra punch out of HTML and CSS. Provides bulletproof methods of ensuring that website designs perform well with dynamic data and with older browsers. I learned several new CSS tricks. Recommended! Read full review


CHAPTER 1 Always Ask What Happens If?
CHAPTER 2 Rounded Corners with borderradius
CHAPTER 3 Flexible Color with RGBA
CHAPTER 4 Do Websites Need to Look Exactly the Same in Every Browser?
CHAPTER 5 Modular Float Management
CHAPTER 6 The Fluid Grid
CHAPTER 7 Craftsmanship Details

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Dan Cederholm is a Web designer, author, husband and father living in Salem, Massachusetts. He's the founder of SimpleBits, a tiny design studio. A recognized expert in the field of standards-based Web design, Dan has worked with Google, MTV, Yahoo, ESPN, Fast Company, Blogger, Odeo, and others. He embraces flexible, adaptable design using Web standards through his design work, writing, and speaking. Dan is the author of two bestselling books: Bulletproof Web Design, Second Edition (New Riders) and Web Standards Solutions (Friends of ED). Dan runs the popular weblog SimpleBits, where he writes articles and commentary on the Web, technology, and life.

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