HTML Utopia: Designing Without Tables Using CSS

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SitePoint Pty. Limited, 2006 - Computers - 497 pages
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HTML Utopia: Designing Without Tables Using CSS, 2nd Edition is for web developers looking to create websites using Cascading Style Sheets for layout, which allow for faster page downloads, easier maintenance, faster website redesigns, and better search engine optimization.

HTML Utopia covers all aspects of using Cascading Style Sheets in Web Development, and is a must-read for Web Developers designing new sites or upgrading existing ones to use CSS layouts.

This book includes one of the most comprehensive CSS2 references on the market. Jeffrey Zeldman, web design guru and co-founder of the Web Standards Project, says "After reading this book, you will not only understand how to use CSS to emulate old-school, table-driven web layouts, you will be creating websites that would be impossible to design using traditional methods".

The second edition of this popular book includes brand new coverage of Internet Explorer 7, Firefox 1.1, new CSS Solutions, and greatly expanded coverage of popular, cross-browser, CSS layout techniques.

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"Now You Too Can Easily Create Modern 'Table-free' Websites Using CSS from scratch"

Rachel Andrew and Dan Shafer's book is a comprehensive guide to learning and applying the principles of CSS to your Website.

This book will teach you how to

  • Write faster loading, dramatically smaller pages
  • Speed up site maintenance by separating the content from the layout
  • Create flexible 3-column designs with ease
  • Write device-independent CSS that will work on everything from a PC to an internet refridgerator
  • Write search engine friendly pages that can actually be understood by search engines
  • Design sites that are standards compliant
  • Accomodate older Web Browsers
  • And much more...

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I purchased this book hoping to use it as a reference to solve various CSS issues that crop. Unfortunately the various chapters don't show how to actually use any of the knowledge its supposed to impart. For example, it'll show an example, and then display various extra code that it says should be "added" to the page. Added where? At the top? Bottom? Inserted inside a DIV tag? Which one?
I can understand a book not having any concrete examples if its going to concentrate on the subject at a conceptual level, but it doesn't explain the concepts either. For example, in the section on positioning it doesn't say more than "absolute" means absolute, and "relative" means relative. That's nice, but doesn't leave me understanding any more how to actually design a page than I did before reading the chapter.

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About the author (2006)

Rachel Andrew is the Director of, a Web solutions company based in the UK. She is a member of the Web Standards project, serving on the Dreamweaver Task Force. Rachel's writing credits include: Dreamweaver MX Design Projects (Apress), Fundamental Web Design and Development Skills (glasshaus) and HTML Utopia: Designing Without Tables Using CSS, 2nd Edition (SitePoint).

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