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Stylin' with CSS: A Designer's Guide
     

Stylin' with CSS: A Designer's Guide

by Charles Wyke-Smith
 

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In this completely revised edition of his bestselling Stylin’ with CSS, veteran designer and programmer Charles Wyke-Smith guides you through a comprehensive overview of designing Web pages with CSS, including the advanced capabilities of CSS3 that are now widely implemented across all the major browsers.

You will learn the full capabilities of the CSS

Overview

In this completely revised edition of his bestselling Stylin’ with CSS, veteran designer and programmer Charles Wyke-Smith guides you through a comprehensive overview of designing Web pages with CSS, including the advanced capabilities of CSS3 that are now widely implemented across all the major browsers.

You will learn the full capabilities of the CSS language, with step-by-step examples and in-depth explanations that will take your skills to new levels, whether you are a newbie or already have experience with CSS. Stylin’ with CSS focuses on practical skills for Web designers and programmers, and blends creative design ideas with accurate technical descriptions. It will help you create robust, stylish, and flexible layouts that adjust to the constantly changing content of today’s data-driven online applications, and that display appropriately on monitors, tablets, or mobile phones.

In Stylin’ with CSS, you will:

  • See how HTML5 and CSS3 work together
  • Develop multi-column, fixed-width, and fluid layouts
  • Discover how the positioning and floating properties really work!
  • Explore professional typographic techniques using downloadable fonts
  • Style UI elements, such as drop-down menus, forms, and pop up overlays
  • Write media queries that modify your page layouts for different screen sizes
  • Learn about CSS3 shadows, rounded corners, gradients, and background images
  • Create interactivity with CSS3 transforms and transitions

Editorial Reviews

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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:
9780321858474
Publisher:
New Riders
Publication date:
10/29/2012
Pages:
307
Sales rank:
729,072
Product dimensions:
7.40(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.70(d)

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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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