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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 13, 2006

    Mastering the Language

    This is a book published in 2002. It is probably best suited for people who are at the intermediate level (or higher) in web design. Eric Meyer On CSS shows how to use Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) to modify and create web pages. It gives step by step instructions demonstrating how to use CSS code to make the design of web sites look exactly the way that you want them to. CSS is all about design. It doesn¿t affect content. Each chapter in the book covers a unique topic. These include: how to convert a web site from HyperText Markup Language (HTML) to HTML + CSS, create an online greeting card, a press release, an events calendar, unique looking hyperlinks, multiple columns and printer friendly pages. It is easy to read and follow. One of the neatest things is that the author put files on his web site. The reader can download either all or some of the chapter files, then, follow along in a hands on way. The author assumes that the reader has basic knowledge of HTML and CSS. I was especially interested in the first chapter ¿ how to convert an existing page from HTML to HTML + CSS. This was the one that I downloaded the files for and made the changes as I read. Also, I did some of the work on a personal project of my own. Eric¿s writing style is straightforward. It is easy to understand. The follow along files are great. Seeing the changes to the web page as I applied the CSS code on my computer was really cool. I would like to see even more examples of ways to use CSS. One would be to include how to remove XML code from web pages originally created with Microsoft Front Page. This would be an excellent enhancement for the chapter on converting an HTML page to HTML + CSS. As a whole, Eric Meyer On CSS is well written, with very good graphics that show how the code changes look on a web page. The examples are easy to follow, even for someone like me. I have a lot of experience with HTML and none with CSS. Still, the book helped me as I worked on my project to convert a web site to CSS. I would recommend the book to people who are familiar with HTML code and have worked on web sites previously. It would be especially helpful if you have created web pages manually using HTML.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 5, 2005

    Helpful book for beginners

    The first thing I read to learn CSS was Meyer¿s CSS: The Definitive Guide (vol. 1) and it was helpful, but I needed the project work in Mastering to really get going with CSS. Like so many web languages it¿s easier to learn CSS if you can play with someone else¿s code first. The projects presented in Mastering addressed nearly all of the topics I was interested in. By the end I felt ready to dive into the redesign my department¿s web site using CSS as the primary formatting language.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 7, 2002

    Eric: Bravo once again!

    Eric Meyer has shown once again that he can provide exactly what the industry needs at the time that it is needed. Now that CSS is working similarly for the most part in the top 3 browsers, this book comes with perfect timing. Meyer's previous books, such as 'Cascading Style Sheets: The Definitive Guide', were great. I still have several photocopied pages of that book taped up around my monitor (like the complete box model from chapter 8). I raved about 'CSS 2.0 Programmer's Reference' when it came out; it was exactly what was needed for a DHTML programmer. This new book, however, truly brings CSS to the masses. I really like the slick, color pages used by the publisher, New Riders. I think this is finally the book that will make CSS so accessible that it will become what it was intended to be: the norm. 'Eric Meyer on CSS' does an excellent job of drawing parallels between CSS syntax and HTML. The book presents realistic situations in a project-oriented approach. The code is broken down into step-by-step bites that really remind me of the Sams 'Teach Yourself in 24 Hours' books. But make no mistake: this book is useful for advanced users, too. One can never have access to too many tips & tricks! My first experience with Cascading Style Sheets came as a challenge from a 17 year old who in 1997 said 'get on the bandwagon, gramps' and start writing CSS. So I opened up Notepad and started writing CSS, afterwards looking at it in Internet Explorer 3.0. That was the summer of 1997, and I was 29 years-old. My previous experience writing RTF-based Help told me this was exactly what HTML needed. But extensive use of CSS seemed slow to catch fire. In 1997-1999 I was using CSS in an ideal setting: on a company intranet where all users were using at least IE 4.01. But as I moved on to other web sites during the 'dot-com' craze, I found that my use of CSS would be limited due to varied browser usage throughout the World Wide Web. We're now at a point with IE6/NN6 (and Opera, too) where widespread use of CSS--and advanced CSS at that--is possible. 'Eric Meyer on CSS' is going to be an important tool in making that happen. Do yourself a favor and learn all of the CSS syntax you can from this book instead of relying only on a point-and-click GUI. There are excellent tools available, such as TopStyle, but these tools are no replacement for 'mastering the language of web design', as noted on this book's cover.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 6, 2002

    Get with CSS

    Eric Meyer on CSS Mastering the Language of Web Design AUTHOR: Eric Meyer PUBLISHER: New Riders REVIEWED BY: Barbara Rhoades Eric Meyer provides the reader with 13 projects on how CSS can be used in building web pages. He begins with converting an existing web page from an all HTML-heavy design to one that uses both HTML and CSS. This is done to make the mark-up easier to read. Press releases and events calendars are two times that can benefit from the HTML-CSS combination. Mr. Meyer explains how in Chapters 2 and 3. There is no CD-ROM provided with this book but there is a companion web site where the files are available. Hyperlinks, navigation bars, input forms, greeting cards and multi-columns will all benefit from using CSS. There are chapters on all of these things to help you understand just how CSS can help. CSS2 allows styles to be applied for the print media and Chapter 6 discusses how to do this. Chapter 10 is all about creating unusual text boxes to give your web pages a unique look rather than using the old term paper look. Do you have a graphic you want to use on your page? Don¿t use the same old rectangle box; curve the picture or layer it to give it some pizzazz! Check out Chapter 11 for this effect. Finally, Chapter 12 describes how to design a unique background for your pages. CSS is a great way to make your mark up much more readable. Get Eric Meyer on CSS to help you get CSS into your web.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 3, 2002

    Awesome Book About CSS

    I've been a part-time WebMaster for years, getting by mostly with HTML. When I first started hearing about Cascading Style Sheets (CSS), there was a part of me that cringed. The same part that cringes every time I need to learn something new. However, this new book by Eric Meyer greatly "lessens the pain" of learning CSS. He shows through numerous examples and step by step instructions, the wondrous and gorgeous effects that can be seen on web sites using CSS. And you can achieve some of the same effects that are used in JavaScript of DHTML without having to learn them. Not all however, and anyone wishing to learn those skills after learning CSS is very much advised to do so by this reviewer. What struck me immediately about this book was how beautifully it was laid out. Not only are most if not all of the examples in color, each step is illustrated by the addition or change of code in red, making it easy to spot. All step by step instructions throughout the book are well-detailed and easy to follow. The book is made up of thirteen different projects, everything from redesigning an exisiting HTML page into CSS, to designing a press release, an input form, multi colum layout on a page, even creating your own online greeting card. Looking through each of the code examples makes it clear how each portion of a style sheet affects the display on a web site. And there's a companion web site to the book, allowing you to download files from each prject, allowing you to "play along" as you read. This helps you to better learn about doing your own style sheets, ie "what works" and what doesn't. Anyone doing web design should definitely add this book to their library.

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