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Overview

Building on what made the first edition a bestseller, CSS Mastery: Advanced Web Standards Solutions, Second Edition unites the disparate information on CSS-based design spread throughout the internet into one definitive, modern guide. Revised to cover CSS3, the book can be read from front to back, with each chapter building on the previous one. However, it can also be used as a reference book, dipping into each chapter or technique to help solve specific problems. In short, this is the one book on CSS that you need to have.

This second edition contains:

  • New examples and updated browser support information
  • New case studies from Simon Collison and Cameron Moll
  • CSS3 examples, showing new CSS3 features, and CSS3 equivalents to tried and tested CSS2 techniques

What you’ll learn

  • The best practice concepts in CSS design.
  • The most important (and tricky) parts of CSS
  • Identify and fix the most common CSS problems
  • How to deal with the most common bugs
  • Completely up to date browser support information
  • Covers CSS3 as well as CSS2 showing you the future of CSS

Who this book is for

This book is aimed towards intermediate web designers/developers, although the examples are simple enough for novice designers/developers with a basic understanding of CSS to grasp.

The CSS 2/3 content of the book is delivered in a way that enables you to learn CSS2 techniques that you can implement now in professional work, and then gem up on CSS3 techniques to start looking towards the future.

Table of Contents

  1. Setting the Foundations
  2. Getting Your Styles to Hit the Target
  3. Visual Formatting Model Overview
  4. Using Backgrounds for Effect
  5. Styling Links
  6. Styling Lists and Creating Nav Bars
  7. Styling Forms and Data Tables
  8. Layout
  9. Bugs and Bug Fixing
  10. Case Study: Roma Italia
  11. Case Study: Climb the Mountains
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781430223979
  • Publisher: Apress
  • Publication date: 10/29/2009
  • Edition description: 2nd ed. 2009
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 384
  • Product dimensions: 6.80 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

In October 2006, Simon Collision started Erskine Design based in Nottingham, U.K. which grew to become an eight-strong team of creative web designers and developers who are afraid of nothing. Some people say they're one of the best agencies out there, and their clients include major magazines, government stuff, software companies and polar explorers.

Moons ago, he was a successful visual artist, and founded an independent arts org and annual arts festival, putting his degree to some use at least. Then he caught the interwebs bug.

As lead web developer at Agenzia from 2002 to 2006, he worked on numerous web projects for major record labels (such as Poptones, Universal) and bands (including The Libertines, Dirty Pretty Things, Beta Band), visual artists and illustrators (Jon Burgerman, Paddy Hartley, Lucy Orta, NOW Festival), businesses, community, and voluntary sector orgs, passionately ensuring everything was accessible and complied with current web standards.

He does a bit of public speaking here and there, and will generally do anything for a biscuit and cup of tea, but prefers hard cash.

He has lived in many cities, including London and Reykjavik, but has now settled back in his beloved Nottingham, where the grass is green and the girls are pretty. He also drives a 31-year-old car, and has a stupid cat called Bearface.

Andy Budd is one of the founding partners at User Experience Design Consultancy, Clearleft. As an interaction design and usability specialist, Andy is a regular speaker at international conferences like Web Directions, An Event Apart, and SXSW. Andy curates dConstruct, one of the U.K.'s most popular design conferences. He's also responsible for UX London, the U.K.'s first dedicated usability, information architecture, and user experience design event.

Andy was an early champion of web standards in the U.K. and has developed an intimate understanding of the CSS specifications and cross-browser support. As an active member of the community, Andy has helped judge several international design awards and currently sits on the advisory board for .NET magazine. Andy is also the driving force behind Silverbackapp, a low-cost usability testing tool for the Mac. Andy is an avid Twitter user and occasionally blogs at andybudd.com.

Never happier than when he's diving in some remote tropical atoll, Andy is a qualified PADI dive instructor and retired shark wrangler.

Cameron Moll has been designing meaningful web interfaces that harmonize utility and presentation since the late 1990s. His work or advice has been featured by HOW, Print, and Communication Arts magazines, Forrester Research, National Public Radio (NPR), and many others. He speaks on user interface design at conferences nationally and internationally, and he is also the author of Mobile Web Design.

Cameron is the founder and president of Authentic Jobs, Inc., a targeted destination for web and creative professionals and the companies seeking to hire them. He is also the proprietor of Cameron Moll, LLC, whose products include letterpress typography posters available for purchase at cameronmoll.bigcartel.com. And amid all this craziness, he still finds time to play ball with each of his four boys.

You can also find Cameron online at cameronmoll.com, twitter.com/cameronmoll, flickr.com/photos/authentic, and vimeo.com/cameronmoll.

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Table of Contents

Summary of contents:
  • Chapter 1: Setting the Foundations
  • Chapter 2: Visual Formatting Model Recap
  • Chapter 3: Background Images and Image Replacement
  • Chapter 4: Styling Links
  • Chapter 5: Styling Lists and Creating Nav Bars
  • Chapter 6: Styling Forms and Data Tables
  • Chapter 7: Layout
  • Chapter 8: Hacks and Filters
  • Chapter 9: Bugs and Bug Fixing
  • Case Study 1: More Than Doodles
  • Case Study 2: Tuscany Luxury Resorts
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