CSS Cookbook

CSS Cookbook

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Learn how to solve the real problems you face with CSS. This cookbook offers hundreds of practical examples for using CSS to format your web pages, and includes code samples you can use right away. You'll find exactly what you need, from the basics to complex hacks and workarounds.

Each recipe explains how to customize a solution to meet your needs,

Overview

Learn how to solve the real problems you face with CSS. This cookbook offers hundreds of practical examples for using CSS to format your web pages, and includes code samples you can use right away. You'll find exactly what you need, from the basics to complex hacks and workarounds.

Each recipe explains how to customize a solution to meet your needs, and each chapter features a sample design that showcases the topics discussed. You'll learn about the behavior of the latest browsers-including IE 8, Firefox 3, Safari 4, and Google Chrome—and how you can resolve differences in the ways they display your web pages. Arranged in a convenient format for quick reference, this third edition is a valuable companion for anyone working with CSS.

  • Learn the basics, such as the CSS rule structure
  • Work with web typography and page layout
  • Create effects for images and other page elements
  • Learn techniques for configuring lists, forms, and tables
  • Design effective web navigation and create custom links
  • Get creative by combining CSS with JavaScript
  • Learn useful troubleshooting techniques
  • Explore features of HTML5 and CSS3

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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781449382940
Publisher:
O'Reilly Media, Incorporated
Publication date:
12/15/2009
Series:
Animal Guide
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Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
732
File size:
44 MB
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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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CSS Cookbook 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago