CSS: The Missing Manual

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"O'Reilly Media, Inc.", Aug 21, 2009 - Computers - 560 pages
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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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User Review  - ch46 - Overstock.com

This is a very good introductory book for CSS but lots of its figures are not necessary and occupy too much space for the book. Most of the figures in the book can be removed without affecting readers ... Read full review

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This is an absolutely essential book for anyone who wants to get a thorough grounding in CSS principles. With it's clear prose and well-designed tutorials and exercises, the book provides an exceptional opportunity to use and mentally instill every last bit of knowledge it offers.
It's up-to-date, full of links to other good resources, and presents all the important topics from Anchor to Z-index.
A must have for your reference bookshelf.
 

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
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About the author (2009)

David Sawyer McFarland, president of Sawyer McFarland Media, has been building and managing websites since 1995. He 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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