As Charles Wyke-Smith puts it, if you want to use CSS, you can't do it halfway: "You are in or you're not in." (Or, in Yoda's immortal words, "Do. Or do not. There is no try.") If you're ready to design CSS-based web sites like you mean it, get Wyke-Smith's Stylin' with CSS.
With the rapid growth of browsers like Firefox, Apple's Safari, and Konqueror, it's no longer enough to design for IE. You need to learn CSS from a scrupulously standards-based perspective. That's Wyke-Smith's approach. At the same time, Smith -- whose web clients range from Wells Fargo to ESPN Videogames -- reveals practical hacks for rendering perfectly on Microsoft's still idiosyncratic Internet Explorer.
The book is packed with examples, downloadable samples, and templates -- everything you need to move from simple typographical CSS styles through complex fluid layouts and user interface elements.
All too often, CSS features are taught in isolation, leaving web designers confused about how to integrate them in real-world sites. That's why Wyke-Smith's start-to-finish case study is especially welcome. You'll walk through every step of building or adapting a CSS-based site: defining folder structures and site architectures; creating headers and left-column navigation; styling right columns, news links, and footers; creating flexible content areas; even maximizing design control by constraining minimum and maximum widths.
The book wraps up with quick references to both XHTML tags and CSS properties and values. So it'll remain a handy reference long after it's helped you move entirely to CSS-based presentation on every site you build. Bill Camarda, from the June 2005 Read Only