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In this updated edition to their original best-selling classic, the co-creators of CSS clearly, logically, and painlessly explain the hows and whys and ins and outs of the visual formatting language that is their gift to us. The Web would be a poorer place without Messieurs Bos and Lie. Your shelf will be richer for the addition of this book.

Rely on it. Study it. Savor it.

The Indispensible CSS Tutorial and Reference—Straight from the Creators of CSS

Direct from the creators of CSS, this is the definitive guide to CSS, today's indispensable standard for controlling the appearance of any Web or XML document. This book doesn't just show how to use every significant CSS 1 and 2.x feature; it carefully explains the "why" behind today's most valuable CSS design techniques. You'll find practical, downloadable examples throughout—along with essential browser support information and best practices for building high-impact pages and applications.

Cascading Style Sheets: Designing for the Web, Third Edition covers every CSS 2.1 improvement and fix, from new height/width definitions in absolutely positioned elements to new clip property calculations. Clear, readable, and thorough, it's the one must-have CSS resource for every Web developer, designer, and content provider. Coverage includes

  • Mastering essential CSS concepts: Rules, declarations, selectors, properties, and more
  • Working with type: From absolute/relative units to font size and weight
  • Understanding CSS objects: Box model, display properties, list styles, and more
  • Exercising total control over spacing and positioning
  • Specifying colors for borders and backgrounds
  • Managing printing: Margins, page breaks, and more
  • Implementing media-specific style sheets for audio rendering, handhelds, and other forms of presentation
  • Moving from HTML extensions to CSS: Five practical case studies
  • Making the most of cascading and inheritance
  • Using external style sheets and @import
  • Integrating CSS with XML documents
  • Optimizing the performance of CSS pages
  • Includes a handy CSS Quick Reference printed on the inside covers

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Clear, precise, and accurate, Cascading Style Sheets: Designing for the Web, Third Edition won’t just teach you CSS 2.1 -- it’ll be your definitive reference for years to come. This book’s authors quite literally invented CSS. Surprisingly, perhaps, they’re equally good at explaining it.

This book covers all of CSS, from beginner’s level (“gluing” style sheets to documents) to the most complex examples of cascading and inheritance. You'll get intelligible explanations of every core concept -- rules, declarations, selectors, inheritance, properties, and more -- both the hows and the whys. It covers typography, spacing, positioning, borders, backgrounds, colors, tables, margins, page breaks, even using CSS with XML documents.

It’s been polished through three editions, and reflects more CSS experience than you can find anywhere else. If, like most web professionals, you rely heavily on CSS, it ought to be next to your computer. Bill Camarda, from the May 2005 Read Only

Library Journal
Cascading style sheets (CSS) were developed by Lie and Bos for the World Wide Web Consortium to provide authors with the tools to manage the aesthetics of web site design. For now, they are not in wide distribution and only the most recent browsers can make use of them. But those who spend a weekend with this book will recognize their importance and become converts. Those who have to deal with a great deal of information for many sources and make sure it all looks good and consistent will see that CSS is an elegant answer. And this book is the best introduction to the next innovation on the web.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780321193124
  • Publisher: Addison-Wesley
  • Publication date: 4/25/2005
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 416
  • Product dimensions: 6.96 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.73 (d)

Meet the Author

ABOUT THE AUTHORS

HåKON WIUM LIE is the CTO of Opera Software. His job is to make sure Opera remains a better, smaller, and faster browser than the one you know. Before joining Opera in 1999, Håkon worked at W3C, where he was responsible for the development of Cascading Style Sheets—a concept he proposed while working at CERN in 1994. Håkon holds an MS degree in visual studies from the MIT Media Lab.

BERT BOS, along with Lie, was one of the original authors of CSS. He joined W3C in 1995 to launch its internationalization activities and currently coordinates its style sheet activities.

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Cascading Style Sheets, Third Edition, Designing for the Web

Since its introduction in 1996, Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) has revolutionized web page design. Now, in 2004, most web pages use CSS, and many designers base their layouts entirely on CSS. To do so successfully requires a good understanding of how CSS works. The purpose of this book is to describe how designers can take full advantage of CSS 2.1, which is the newly released update of the specification.

CSS's journey from an idea to a specification–and then on to a specification designers can rely on–has been long and arderous. The creator of the CSS Zen Garden (described in Chapter 12, "From HTML extenstions to CSS") describes it this way:

Littering a dark and dreary road lay the past relics of browser-specific tags, incompatible DOMs, and broken CSS support. Today, we must clear the mind of past practices. Web enlightenment has been achieved thanks to the tireless efforts of folk like the W3C, WaSP and the major browser 1 creators.

Indeed, we believe the web is a more enlightened place now that CSS have matured to a stage where it can be used for advanced layouts in a range of browsers. This book will tell you all you need to know to start using CSS.

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Table of Contents

1. The Web and HTML.

2. CSS.

3. The Amazing Em Unit and Other Best Practices.

4. CSS Selectors.

5. Fonts.

6. The Fundamental Objects.

7. Space Inside Boxes.

8. Space Around Boxes.

9. Relative and Absolute Positioning.

10. Colors.

11. Printing and Other Media.

12. From HTML Extensions to CSS.

13. Cascading and Inheritance.

14. External Style Sheets.

15. Other Approaches.

16. XML Documents.

17. Tables.

18. The CSS Saga.

19. HTML 4.0 Quick Reference.

Appendix A. System Colors.

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Preface

Since its introduction in 1996, Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) has revolutionized web page design. Now, in 2004, most web pages use CSS, and many designers base their layouts entirely on CSS. To do so successfully requires a good understanding of how CSS works. The purpose of this book is to describe how designers can take full advantage of CSS 2.1, which is the newly released update of the specification.

CSS's journey from an idea to a specification–and then on to a specification designers can rely on–has been long and arderous. The creator of the CSS Zen Garden (described in Chapter 12, "From HTML extenstions to CSS") describes it this way:

Littering a dark and dreary road lay the past relics of browser-specific tags, incompatible DOMs, and broken CSS support. Today, we must clear the mind of past practices. Web enlightenment has been achieved thanks to the tireless efforts of folk like the W3C, WaSP and the major browser 1 creators.

Indeed, we believe the web is a more enlightened place now that CSS have matured to a stage where it can be used for advanced layouts in a range of browsers. This book will tell you all you need to know to start using CSS.

© Copyright Pearson Education. All rights reserved.

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Introduction

Since its introduction in 1996, Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) has revolutionized web page design. Now, in 2004, most web pages use CSS, and many designers base their layouts entirely on CSS. To do so successfully requires a good understanding of how CSS works. The purpose of this book is to describe how designers can take full advantage of CSS 2.1, which is the newly released update of the specification.

CSS's journey from an idea to a specification–and then on to a specification designers can rely on–has been long and arderous. The creator of the CSS Zen Garden (described in Chapter 12, "From HTML extenstions to CSS") describes it this way:

Littering a dark and dreary road lay the past relics of browser-specific tags, incompatible DOMs, and broken CSS support. Today, we must clear the mind of past practices. Web enlightenment has been achieved thanks to the tireless efforts of folk like the W3C, WaSP and the major browser 1 creators.

Indeed, we believe the web is a more enlightened place now that CSS have matured to a stage where it can be used for advanced layouts in a range of browsers. This book will tell you all you need to know to start using CSS.


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Foreword

When the Web was in its infancy, seven years ago or so, I felt greatly relieved at the final removal of all the totally unsolvable problems of fixed format presentation. In the young Web, there were no more pagination faults, no more footnotes, no silly word breaks, no fidgeting the text to gain that extra line that you sorely needed to fit everything on one page. In the window of a Web page on the NeXTStep system, the text was always clean. Better that that: I decided what font it came out in, how big I wanted the letters, what styles I chose for definition lists and where tabs went.

Then we descended into the Dark Ages for several years, because the Web exploded into a community that had not idea that such freedom was possible, but worried about putting on the remote screen exactly what they thought their information should look like. I've read recommendations against using structure markup because you have no control over what comes out the other side. Sad.

You have by now understood that I'm firmly in the camp of those who think that quality of content comes first, and presentation comes later. But of course, I'm not entirely right here: presentation is important. Mathematical formulas are always presented in a two-dimensional layout.

Fortunately, SGML's philosophy allows us to separate structure from presentation, and the Web DTD, HTML, is no exception. Even in the NeXTStep version of 1990, Tim Berneres-Lee provided for style sheets, though at a rudimentary level (we had other things to do then!)

Today, style sheets are becoming a reality again, this time much more elaborate. This is an important milestone for the Web, and we should stop for a minute to reflect on the potential benefits and pitfalls of the technology.

I followed the CSS effort from its inception - mostly over cups of coffee with Hakon at CERN - and I've always had one concern: is it possible to create powerful enough style sheet "language" without introducing the complexity of programming.

The CSS described in this book shows that you can create some quite stunning presentations without programming. While the programmer in me may be a little disappointed, the minimalist in me is comforted. In fact, I'll never need this much freedom and special effects, but then I'm not a graphic artist. Anything that needs more compilation effectively becomes an image, and should be treated as such. I feel therefore that the middle part of the spectrum between pure ASCII text and full images is effectively covered by the power of CSS, without introducing the complexity of programming.

You have here a book on presentation. But it is presentation of information that should also remain structured, so that your content can be effectively used by others, while retaining the specific visual aspects you want to give it. Use CSS with care. It is the long-awaited salt on the Web food: a little is necessary, too much is not good cooking.

The efforts of the authors have finally brought us what we sorely needed: the author's ability to shape the content without affecting the structure. This is good news for the Web!
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