Cascading Style Sheets: Separating Content from Presentation

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CSS is one of the trio of core client-side web professional skills: HTML for markup, JavaScript for dynamism, and CSS for style. All web professionals who want to take their page design to the next level, with all the advantages that CSS brings, will need this book.

This book is a focused guide to using Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) for the visual design of web pages. It provides concise coverage of all the essential CSS concepts developers need to learn (such as separating ...

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Overview

CSS is one of the trio of core client-side web professional skills: HTML for markup, JavaScript for dynamism, and CSS for style. All web professionals who want to take their page design to the next level, with all the advantages that CSS brings, will need this book.

This book is a focused guide to using Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) for the visual design of web pages. It provides concise coverage of all the essential CSS concepts developers need to learn (such as separating content from presentation, block and inline elements, inheritance and cascade, the box model, typography, etc). It also covers the syntax needed to effectively use CSS with your markup document (for example CSS rules, how to structure a style sheet, linking style sheets to your (X)HTML documents, CSS boxes etc).

CSS (Cascading Style Sheets) is a powerful technology that can be used to add style and structure to your web pages without needing to resort to "hacks" such as HTML table layouts and "spacer images". However, this is not the only advantage over other styling methods. You can specify your CSS styles in a separate file, then apply those styles to every page in your web site. When you want to change a style on your site, you can do it by modifying one style sheet, rather having to update every page. This is only one example of the many advantages CSS brings to your web development work.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781590592311
  • Publisher: Apress
  • Publication date: 2/26/2004
  • Edition description: 2ND
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 400
  • Product dimensions: 0.88 (w) x 7.50 (h) x 9.25 (d)

Meet the Author

Owen Briggs�is an independent web designer based in Victoria, Canada. Like so many people, he was introduced to personal computers in 1978 with the Commodore PET and hasn't stopped playing with them since. Online, he is a member of the Web Standards Project and perpetrator of www.thenoodleincident.com. Offline, he tries to maintain his privacy.

Matt Patterson�is an independent typographer based in Reading, U.K. Introduced to the web in 1996, he was building sites immediately and became interested in CSS when he realized it meant you could do actual typography on the web. These days, he mostly spends his time designing and building websites and web applications based on open standards at the front- and back-end. He thinks that specifications�the main product of pre-DTP typographers�are a lot like CSS, and that this is a good thing. He lives with his wife, Clare.

Eric Costello�is a web developer for hire, working out of his company Schwa. He is helping to build The Game Neverending (www.gne.net). He maintains a personal site at glish.com, where he links to articles on Web standards, Flash, DHTML, CSS, XML, and other topics of interest to web developers. He helped usher in the era of CSS page layouts by offering information and CSS templates for free download. He is an emeritus of the Web Standards Project steering committee, and the developer for Stewart Butterfield's 5K Contest, along with being a pretty lousy guitar player, photographer, husband and father.

Steven Champeon�is�chief technology officer for hesketh.com. On a number of hesketh.com projects, he has developed and/or supervised large-scale Web site technical architectures, information architectures, and applications for Internet and intranet use. Steven has provided technical editing on the topics of XML, XHTML, and other Web-related topics for IDG Books Worldwide, MIS:Press, O'Reilly and Associates, and Macmillan/New Riders.

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Table of Contents

About the Authors
About the Technical Reviewer
Acknowledgments
Introduction
Ch. 1 Foundation Concepts 1
Ch. 2 Overview of Presentation 19
Ch. 3 Markup with Meaning 31
Ch. 4 Fundamentals 63
Ch. 5 Rules 75
Ch. 6 Attaching CSS to Your Markup 93
Ch. 7 Typography 107
Ch. 8 Boxes, Boxes, Boxes 163
Ch. 9 Styling Tables with CSS 209
Ch. 10 Cross-Browser CSS 235
Ch. 11 Troubleshooting 277
Ch. 12 CSS Design Projects 291
Index 401
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 10, 2007

    An essential book for web designers: the 'why' as well as the 'how.'

    This book fits in nicely between reference works like Eric Meyers 'Cascading Style Sheets: The Definitive Guide' and technique books like Dan Cederholm's 'Bulletproof Web Design'. At first glance, this rather unassuming book contains pretty basic information about the applications of CSS. However, this book deserves a careful reading, as it is packed with excellent explanations and examples. 'Cascading Style Sheets' isn't full of flashy illustrations, but the examples are well thought out and present the ideas well. The chapter on layout ('Boxes, Boxes, Boxes') contains the best explanation I have seen on how layout boxes function in CSS. If you've been wrestling with understanding the difference between absolute and relative positioning, and how to use these values to make stable layouts, this book is for you. The chapter on typography is an excellent resource for developers who may not have had the chance to study this essential subject. The authors present theory and application of good typographic practice (which is often ignored in current web design). The chapter on browser bugs ('Cross-browser CSS') summarizes the current knowledge on cross-browser compatibility very well, and provides rock-solid workarounds for those thorny problems. Last but not the least, the chapter 'CSS Design Projects' will give you some solid examples to apply to your own designs. There's quite a few good books out there right now on CSS, and quite a few not-so-good books how is one to choose? Well, this book should be at the top of your shopping list--it's a rich, detailed, and extremely well-written book about the subtle craft of web design with CSS.

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