Styling Web Pages with CSS: (Visual QuickProject Guide Series)

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Sometimes it's hard to get started with a new technology. That's where this book excels. It's not going to show Web designers everything there is to know about CSS but rather will provide a solid introduction from which to build their CSS knowledge. The beginning of the book starts with the basics -- rules, selectors, classes, IDs, the cascade, internal and external style sheets, Divs, boxes, floats, padding, margins -- everything is covered. Next comes styling elements, working with images, menus and navigation,...
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Overview

Sometimes it's hard to get started with a new technology. That's where this book excels. It's not going to show Web designers everything there is to know about CSS but rather will provide a solid introduction from which to build their CSS knowledge. The beginning of the book starts with the basics -- rules, selectors, classes, IDs, the cascade, internal and external style sheets, Divs, boxes, floats, padding, margins -- everything is covered. Next comes styling elements, working with images, menus and navigation, and moving styles from internal to external style sheets. Rounding out this project-based guide is working with browsers, both old and new, and debugging CSS. Succinct and to the point, it's the perfect book for designers without a lot of time who need to understand and start using CSS.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780321555571
  • Publisher: Peachpit Press
  • Publication date: 3/11/2009
  • Series: Visual QuickProject Guide
  • Pages: 144
  • Product dimensions: 6.90 (w) x 8.80 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Table of Contents

introduction vii

what you'll create viii

how web pages work ix

how this book works x

useful tools xi

the next step xii

1 introducing css 1

choose your tools 2

create a stylesheet 3

write css rules 4

create a class 6

define an id 7

comment your css 8

using internal styles 9

use external stylesheets 10

understand the cascade 12

extra bits 13

2 layout and positioning 15

block vs inline tags 16

the box model 17

positioning boxes 19

understand float 21

choose your sizing 22

create the xhtml 23

style the divs 28

create faux columns 32

extra bits 34

3 styling text 37

understand css fonts 38

style text 41

style headings 43

extra bits 44

4 work with images 47

prepare images 48

float images 50

place images 52

add background images 55

extra bits 57

5 make menus 59

style the sidebar 60

create the buttons 62

add rollover effects 64

extra bits 67

6 style specific elements 71

style a table 72

add fancy headings 79

use special selectors 80

extra bits 81

7 work better with browsers 83

adapt for IE 84

use browser extensions 90

add print stylesheets 93

extra bits 96

8 add to your site 99

create horizontal menu 100

bring back left column 104

add top ad banner 106

add third column 108

add fly-out menus 111

add horizontal fly-outs 115

create standard menus 117

extra bits 118

9 troubleshoot and learn more 119

validate your css 120

get debugging tools 121

debug css 122

learn more about css 124

extra bits 125

index 126

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  • Posted April 29, 2009

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    A beginner's guide to the proper use of CSS

    Styling Web Pages with CSS: Visual QuickProject Guide, by Tom Negrino and Dori Smith, helps the beginning web designer learn how to use CSS in a simple, easy-to-follow format. This being my first exposure to one of the Visual QuickProject Guides by Peachpit Press, I was both pleased and disappointed when I received this slim volume. I was pleased in the presentation and clear descriptions given to each aspect of Cascading Style Sheets (CSS). I was disappointed in the brevity of the text, and the lack of downloadable materials to use to follow the examples in the book.

    All of the major concepts of CSS are presented so that a beginner can easily understand them. While some ways of utilizing CSS properly can be the subject of debate, the authors have chosen a rational approach that serves the basic web designer well. The result is a set of web pages that follow a simply understood design, yet ensures that the layout and format is isolated to the CSS style document, rather than the HTML.

    Overall, Styling Web Pages with CSS: Visual QuickProject Guide is a nice introduction to the potentially confusing topic of the proper use of CSS. Many of the fancier techniques are avoided for the more common and useful ones. The short length of the book allows the beginner to avoid the feeling of intimidation that can accompany reading a 1,000 page text that covers everything you never wanted to know. Even so, I felt less than satisfied after I finished. I wanted a little bit more than I was given. Even if the book doubled in size, it would still be accessible yet it could then leave the reader with a feeling of contentment. As this is the first QuickProject book I've read, that may simply be the target they were shooting for.

    One final wish for Peachpit: please include downloadable files that the reader can access to duplicate the Alpaca Repo website. I was continually frustrated when I wanted to replicate what I had just read about, yet was missing JPEG files or extensive text that I could use. Consequently, I never felt as though I had actually gotten the hang of CSS.

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