Stylin' with CSS: A Designer's Guide, Second Edition / Edition 2

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Cascading Style Sheets enable you to rapidly create web designs that can be shared by hundreds or even thousands of web pages. It accelerates development cycles by centralizing text and layout information for easy editing and updates. This book teaches you everything you need to know to start using CSS in your web development work, from the basics of marking up your content and styling text, through the creation of multi-column page layouts without the use of tables. Learn to create interface components, such as drop-down menus, navigation links, and animated graphical buttons, using only CSS (no JavaScript required). Discover how to design code that works on the latest standard-compliant browsers, such as IE7 and current versions of Firefox, Safari, and Opera, while working around the quirks of the older ones. With a mastery of CSS, your web design capabilities will move to a new level, and everything you need to know to get started and build your skills is right here in this book. You’ll be stylin’ in no time!
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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

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780321525567
  • Publisher: New Riders
  • Publication date: 1/2/2008
  • Series: Voices That Matter Series
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 298
  • Product dimensions: 7.48 (w) x 9.14 (h) x 0.55 (d)

Meet the Author

Charles Wyke-Smith has been creating web sites since 1994 and currently serves as Director of User Experience for Charleston-based BenefitFocus. In recent years, Charles was VP of Web Development for, a celebrity information site, and has provided web design and consulting services to companies including Wells Fargo, ESPN Videogames, and The University of San Francisco. His work today focuses on site development, with an emphasis on user experience, information architecture, and interface design. Charles has taught classes in multimedia and interface design and speaks at many industry conferences.
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Table of Contents

Ch. 1 XHTML : giving structure to content 2
Ch. 2 How CSS works 28
Ch. 3 Stylin' fonts and text 66
Ch. 4 Positioning elements 100
Ch. 5 Basic page layout 124
Ch. 6 Advanced page layout 148
Ch. 7 Creating interface components 172
Ch. 8 Building Web sites 220
App CSS properties and values 254
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    Finally a CSS book easy to understand!

    Don't get me wrong, this is not written like the Dummies series. I say easy because it's a book for advanced understanding of HTML and CSS from a graphic designer's point of view, and it doesnt have to regress the reader to basic elements of coding. If you are a print designer that has started to do some web and want to take it to the next level, this book is for you.

    The author has succesfully adressed major concerns for a designer to control and create wbepages that make sense aesthetically and functionally, without having to compromise the simplicity of the code. It also teaches you all the attributes and behaviors of CSS with actual examples of common usability, getting the browser to show exactly what you want.

    The plus? It gives you access to download a library of snippets that the author has prepared online, for the examples inside the book and for you to try on your own project.

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    The best explanation and tour of CSS that I've found thus far.

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    At only a half inch thick and just under 300 pages, this color illustrated book couldn't be easier to follow. I don't have the time or patience to take any classes, so I've gained all of my web design knowledge by finding the right books or instructional DVD's to guide me. I have three other CSS reference books that I have referred to when I started learning CSS. Then when I came across this well composed book, I found that the instructional techniques used made everything much clearer for me to understand.

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