CSS Web Design for Dummies

Overview

  • Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) is a Web markup standard that allows Web designers to define the appearance and position of a Web page using special dynamic effects
  • This book is the perfect beginner reference, showing those new to CSS how to design Web pages and implement numerous useful CSS effects available
  • Seasoned For Dummies author Richard Mansfield explains how CSS can streamline and speed up Web ...
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Overview

  • Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) is a Web markup standard that allows Web designers to define the appearance and position of a Web page using special dynamic effects
  • This book is the perfect beginner reference, showing those new to CSS how to design Web pages and implement numerous useful CSS effects available
  • Seasoned For Dummies author Richard Mansfield explains how CSS can streamline and speed up Web development
  • Explains how to take control of the many elements in a Web page, integrate CSS into new or existing sites, choose the best coding techniques, and execute advanced visual effects such as transitions
  • U Features a special discussion on browser incompatibility issues involving CSS and how to solve potential problems
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Who’s afraid of CSS? You shouldn’t be. It can work wonders for your web pages, and it can be really easy to learn -- if you learn it from CSS Web Design for Dummies.

Longtime ...For Dummies® author Richard Mansfield has previously demystified topics ranging from XML to Office 2003 Application Development, so he knows how to make things simple. In this book, he begins by introducing the fundamental concepts underlying CSS (for instance, exactly what “cascades” in cascading style sheets; and how selectors, grouping, and inheritance work).

By Chapter 3, you’re building and working with your first style sheet. Next, you’ll use style sheets to precisely control your page formatting. Mansfield explains conditional, fixed, and absolute formatting; then covers all you need to know to format text, from font choices to special text effects. You’ll drill down into CSS details such as controlling color, text spacing, positioning, and size, then learn how to use textures and create custom backgrounds.

Mansfield doesn’t just present code: He talks about how to use CSS to create more compelling pages. Part III shows how to organize your pages visually, handle symmetry, create more effective tables and borders, even make good use of transitions.

Once you’re comfortable with all that, he introduces a few advanced techniques (for example, working with tree structures, rendering complex documents, scripting), and offers a quick preview of tomorrow’s CSS3 standard. Last but not least, there’s a full chapter on testing and debugging, without which no web page is truly complete. Bill Camarda, from the May 2005 Read Only

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780764584251
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 3/7/2005
  • Series: For Dummies Series
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 384
  • Sales rank: 896,806
  • Product dimensions: 7.44 (w) x 9.16 (h) x 0.81 (d)

Meet the Author

Richard Mansfield was the editor of COMPUTE! Magazine from 1981 to 1987. During that time, he wrote hundreds of magazine articles and two columns. From 1987 to 1991, he was editorial director and partner at Signal Research. He began writing books full-time in 1991 and has written 36 computer books since 1982. Of those, four became bestsellers: Machine Language for Beginners (COMPUTE! Books), The Second Book of Machine Language (COMPUTE! Books), The Visual Guide to Visual Basic (Ventana), and The Visual Basic Power Toolkit (Ventana, coauthored by Evangelos Petroutsos). His books combined have sold more than 500,000 copies worldwide and have been translated into 12 languages.
Richard’s recent titles include Office 2003 Application Development All-in-One Desk Reference For Dummies, Visual Basic .NET All-in-One Desk Reference For Dummies, Visual Basic .NET Weekend Crash Course, Visual Basic .NET Database Programming For Dummies, Visual Basic 6 Database Programming For Dummies (all published by Wiley), Hacker Attack (Sybex), and The Wi-Fi Experience: Everyone’s Guide to 802.11b Wireless Networking (Pearson Education, coauthored by Harold Davis).

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Table of Contents

Introduction.

Part I: The ABCs of CSS.

Chapter 1: CSS Fulfills a Promise.

Chapter 2: Getting Results with CSS.

Chapter 3: Up and Running with Selectors.

Part II: Looking Good with CSS.

Chapter 4: Taking a Position.

Chapter 5: All About Text.

Chapter 6: Managing Details in Style Sheets.

Chapter 7: Styling It Your Way.

Part III: Adding Artistry: Design and Composition with CSS.

Chapter 8: Web Design Basics.

Chapter 9: Spacing Out with Boxes.

Chapter 10: Organizing Your Web Pages Visually.

Chapter 11: Designing with Auto and Inline Elements.

Chapter 12: Handling Tables and Lists (And Doing Away with Tables).

Chapter 13: Creating Dramatic Visual Effects.

Part IV: Advanced CSS Techniques.

Chapter 14: Specializing in Selection.

Chapter 15: CSS Moves into the Future.

Chapter 16: Programmatic CSS.

Chapter 17: Testing and Debugging.

Part V: The Part of Tens.

Chapter 18: Ten Great CSS Tips and Tricks.

Chapter 19: Ten Topics That Don’t Fit Elsewhere in the Book (But Are Important).

Index.

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