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