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Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) are a powerful way to enrich the presentation of HTML-based web pages; they enable web authors to give their pages additional structure and a more sophisticated look. CSS's compact file size helps web pages load quickly, and by allowing changes made in one place to be applied across the entire document, CSS can save hours of tedious changing and updating. To leverage the full power of CSS, web authors usually first have to sift through CSS theory to find practical solutions that ...
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Overview

Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) are a powerful way to enrich the presentation of HTML-based web pages; they enable web authors to give their pages additional structure and a more sophisticated look. CSS's compact file size helps web pages load quickly, and by allowing changes made in one place to be applied across the entire document, CSS can save hours of tedious changing and updating. To leverage the full power of CSS, web authors usually first have to sift through CSS theory to find practical solutions that resolve real-world problems. The CSS Cookbook cuts straight through the theory to provide dozens of useful examples and CSS code recipes that web authors can use immediately to format their web pages. The CSS Cookbook provides much more than quick code solutions to pressing problems. The explanation that accompanies each recipe enables you to customize your formatting and shows why the solution works so that you can adapt these techniques to other situations. The recipes in the CSS Cookbook range from the basics every web author needs to code concoctions that can take your web pages to new levels. The CSS Cookbook is the ideal companion to O'Reilly's Cascading Style Sheets: The Definitive Guide.

"CSS Cookbook" provides hundreds of practical examples with CSS code recipes that readers can use immediately to format their Web pages. Arranged in a quick-lookup format for easy reference, this second edition has been updated to explain the unique behavior of the latest browsers.

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The first CSS “recipe” you steal from CSS Cookbook will pay for the book several times over. After that, it will all be gravy.

So which one would you like to start with? A recipe for setting initial caps or creating pull quotes? For creating rollovers without JavaScript? Placing background images or page borders? Changing list formats? Creating form buttons? Creating printer-friendly pages? Hiding styles from (arrgh!) Netscape 4.x, or CSS rules from (arrgh!) IE5/Mac? Add 75 more recipes, and you’ve got the drift.

Each chapter includes a complete sample design. You’ll find them for typography, controlling page elements, links/navigation, lists, forms, tables, page layouts, printing, and more. If you want to do CSS right, but you’re on a deadline, this can’t be beat. Bill Camarda

Bill Camarda is a consultant, writer, and web/multimedia content developer. His 15 books include Special Edition Using Word 2003 and Upgrading & Fixing Networks for Dummies, Second Edition.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780596155933
  • Publisher: O'Reilly Media, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 1/10/2010
  • Series: Animal Guide Series
  • Edition description: Third Edition,New edition
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 702
  • Sales rank: 953,971
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Christopher Schmitt has been working with the Web since 1993. He is the author of several books on web design and digital imaging, including earlier editions of CSS Cookbook, and is a contributing writer to many web development magazines.

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Table of Contents

1 Using HTML Basics 1

2 CSS Basics 33

3 Web Typography 105

4 Images 179

5 Page Elements 265

6 Lists 299

7 Links and Navigation 341

8 Forms 397

9 Tables 453

10 Designing Web Pages for Printing 481

11 Page Layouts 505

12 Hacks, Workarounds, and Troubleshooting 551

13 Designing with CSS 569

14 Interacting with JavaScript 623

A Resources 645

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 27, 2005

    Good reference for what CSS can do

    The CSS Cookbook is a nice reference for seeing CSS in action. This book focuses on examples grouped by Typography, Page Elements, Navigation, Lists, Forms, Tables, Page Layouts, Printing layout, CSS workarounds, and design tips. Christopher Schmitt writes in a clear, concise manner. Tips and information are presented in a 'no nonsense' way, getting straight to the point. I just wish there were more points made. For a 250 page book, this is a nice manual of solutions to common problems that CSS can solve, but I feel like more could have been added to bring the page count somewhere around 350-400. One of the main things that CSS can do is address the need for 'tableless' web pages and while Mr. Schmitt discusses this topic in his chapter relating to page layout, I feel more examples should have been provided for a book which calls itself a 'cookbook'. Having said that, the calendar example in Chapter 6 is worth the price of admission alone, and the samples provided relating to font typography are well written. The thing I like about Oreilly's 'Cookbook' series is the fact that these books get right to the point. Too many times authors spice up their books with humor-filled writing and for a reference guide you just want to be able to open up a book and find relevant examples. The author does a nice job of providing an excellent companion to 'Cascading Style Sheets: The Definitive Guide' and it would benefit any CSS developer to have a copy of 'CSS Cookbook' next to their computer.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 2, 2004

    Useful and quick lookups

    Beware, the author warns. This is not a book to learn CSS from scratch. Its premise is that you already have a basic understanding of CSS and of the rudiments of JavaScript. But given that, Schmitt offers a handy grab bag of time saving hacks, that others have found useful when struggling with CSS. Some of the problems and solutions do seem really basic. Like the very first one, about setting the typeface of some text in a page. You'd expect any book teaching CSS to cover this, or, if not, that a user who read that book could quickly find this solution. A few other problems are like this. But the majority of problems presented here are not so trivial. That, combined with a succinct set of one liners that describe each problem in the contents, should give the book some appeal to you.

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