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  • Posted December 16, 2012

    Recommend

    This book is several years old (published in 2007) and as a Definitive Guide, it covers CSS 2.1 which interfaces well with HTML 3.0 and 4.0. The current release is CSS 3, which works best when using HTML 5. The reason why I am working with the “older” version of CSS and HTML is to maintain better alignment with people who have “dated” computer setups. Not everyone is out purchasing the newest technology nor has everyone migrated from the slow dial up internet connections. Therefore I stay back a generation or two when doing website development. CSS (Cascading Style Sheets) is a way to simplify HTML programming and maintaining a standard or very similar appearance among web pages on a single website. One CSS file can be called from many HTML pages thereby providing a single location to manage fonts, colors, and page layouts and stylize the website for a consistent appearance. CSS: The Definitive Guide was first published in 2000 and now the third 2007 edition provides a very thorough layout for using CSS. The book provides a well-organized presentation demonstrating the coding structures for designing web pages while simplifying HTML. In fact, some HTML code has been deprecated (become obsolete) relying on using CSS code either from separate files called by the HTML page or CSS coding directly imbedded in the HTML web page. The first four chapters of Meyer’s book provides background material for learning the basic rules and use of classes; formatting CSS code, the elements for coding naming colors, fonts sizes; and various measuring units for laying out margins and spacing between various structure types (such as in boxes and table layouts). Then the book proceeds in the next eight chapters to describe the different aspects of coding that define a page layout. From chapter to respective chapter, Meyer covers fonts and text properties; layout of boxes; and then boxes’ associated use of positioning fonts with padding and margins; moving on into positioning boxes in a web page; and finally transitions to the stalwart of most web page structures laying out tables. I rate this book high in clarity as a guide for designing cascading style sheets interfaced within HTML coding for creating outstanding websites.

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