Stylin' with CSS: A Designer's Guide

Stylin' with CSS: A Designer's Guide

by Charles Wyke-Smith
     
 

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CASCADING STYLE SHEETS enable you to rapidly create designs that can be shared by hundreds of Web pages. CSS accelerates development time and centralizes text and layout information for easy editing and updates, and is the essential tool for building standards-compliant sites.

In this all-new and updated edition of his popular Stylin' with CSS, Charles Wyke

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CASCADING STYLE SHEETS enable you to rapidly create designs that can be shared by hundreds of Web pages. CSS accelerates development time and centralizes text and layout information for easy editing and updates, and is the essential tool for building standards-compliant sites.

In this all-new and updated edition of his popular Stylin' with CSS, Charles Wyke-Smith provides inspiring techniques, real-world case studies, and a CSS library of page templates, forms, menus, lists and tables to speed your learning and your site development. You'll learn to design code that will work flawlessly with Internet Explorer 7 and current versions of Firefox, Safari and Opera, while working around the quirks of older browsers. With a mastery of CSS, your Web design abilities will move to a new level; you'll be stylin' in no time!

Here are just a few of the things you'll learn how to do:

  • Apply CSS style rules to your markup
  • Format text with CSS
  • Build multi-column layouts without using tables
  • Create fluid layouts that resize automatically as the user shrinks or expands the browser window
  • Create drop-down menus
  • Add background images to your layouts
  • Develop sites that work in a variety of browsers and hand-held devices
  • Accurately position elements using floats, negative margins, padding and absolute positioning
  • Find all the available values for the various CSS properties

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The Barnes & Noble Review
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

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780133088335
Publisher:
Pearson Education
Publication date:
10/09/2012
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
320
File size:
53 MB
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Meet the Author

Charles Wyke-Smith has over fifteen years of Web design experience and has developed Web sites and online applications for Wells Fargo, ESPN Videogames, Benefitfocus and PeopleMatter. Charles brings a multi-disciplinary perspective to Web design and online application development with experience in business manage- ment, graphic design, programming, and information architecture. www.StylinwithCSS.com

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