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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 12, 2009

    Excellent book

    I read 3 other books on CSS before I purchased this one. This one cleared up the confusion I still had on some parts of CSS. It is easy to read and flows in a logical manner, and explains why you use something, and warns you of issues that relate to it. It clearly explains how certain elements work with others. Something the other books did not do. I highly recommend this book to beginners and advanced CSS users.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 11, 2008

    CSS: The Missing Manual has style

    I loved this book! It held my attention, moved fast, I learned a lot and I had fun doing it. I expected a book on Cascading Style Sheets to be a bit on the dry side but found McFarland¿s writing style not only easy to read but very enjoyable. His sense of humor would occasionally have me laughing out loud. The book is filled with information that is presented clearly. Some of the things about CSS that have left me a bit baffled in the past suddenly made sense. The book begins with a brief overview of HTML that includes the reasons why Cascading Style Sheets are a better way to style web pages. It covers what HTML tags to eliminate and why to replace them with CSS. The chapters are set up with the information presented first and end with hands on tutorials complete with downloadable files. Being able to actually write CSS and apply what I¿d learned was a great reinforcement. CSS is covered from basic to advanced techniques in a way that keeps building on skills just learned. The attention focused on making it work in a variety of browsers including older ones was wonderful. For people like me that are not true professionals, browser variances are always a mystery. Not only are solutions to problems presented but the logic behind fixing them is shared. The book also is loaded with CSS resources that include links to tutorials, bulletin boards and other sites for further education or help. You can find them both appropriately placed throughout the book as well as listed at the end. The only thing I would have liked to have included is a CD. The book ends with three Appendixes which recap CSS properties, cover Adobe¿s Dreamweaver and list resources. That in itself was well worth the price of the book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 25, 2006

    VERY VERY HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!!

    Do you need to take the pain out of Web Design? If you do, then this book is for you. Author David Sawyer McFarland, has done an outstanding job of writing a book that lets your inner designer come out and play. McFarland, begins by showing you how to create style sheets and provides an overview of key CSS concepts, like inheritance, selectors and the cascade. Then, the author takes you into the real world of Web design. Next, he helps you with one of the most confusing , but most rewarding , aspects of CSS: controlling the placement of elements on a page. Finally, he shows you how to make web pages look good when printed. If you¿re new to HTML, with this most excellent book, you¿ll learn all about page-building basics in a CSS--friendly way. More importantly, this book shows you how to tweak your CSS so it plays well with any browser it meets.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 2, 2012

    Essential

    This guide is essential for learning the ins and outs of CSS. I'm about half-way through the book, and everything is stated very clearly in an easy to understand and easy to read manner. I highly recommend it!

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  • Posted February 3, 2010

    Best CSS Book on the market!

    I have owned a lot of books on CSS and I have to say that I LOVE this book. This book makes learning CSS easy and fun. It also teaches you how to create sites for cross browser compatibility. If you are just learning CSS, or want a great reference, I would buy this book.

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  • Posted August 1, 2009

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    GREAT BOOK FOR REFERENCE

    I can't say enough about The Missing Manual series! It is a great reference for any computer subject. If you are a little rusty on CSS, then this is the book for you.

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  • Posted July 4, 2009

    Great book

    I got a copy out of the library and then decided to buy it. Well written and easy to understand.

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