Cascading Style Sheets: Separating Content from Presentation


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This book is for web professionals with some experience of HTML who want to harness the power of CSS.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781904151043
  • Publisher: glasshaus
  • Publication date: 5/1/2002
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 400
  • Product dimensions: 7.22 (w) x 8.95 (h) x 0.66 (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 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 ( He maintains a personal site at, 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 On a number of 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
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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