The Art and Science of CSS

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CSS-based design doesn't need to be boring. The Art & Science of CSS brings together a talented collection of designers who will show you how to take the building blocks of your web site's design (such as headings, navigation, forms, and more) and bring them to life with fully standards-compliant CSS.

This full color book helps you to design web sites that not only work well across all browsers, are easy ...

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Overview

CSS-based design doesn't need to be boring. The Art & Science of CSS brings together a talented collection of designers who will show you how to take the building blocks of your web site's design (such as headings, navigation, forms, and more) and bring them to life with fully standards-compliant CSS.

This full color book helps you to design web sites that not only work well across all browsers, are easy to maintain, and are highly accessible, but are also visually stunning.

  • Create truly attention-grabbing headings.
  • Discover multiple ways to present images effectively.
  • Use background images to give your site zest.
  • Build usable and attractive navigation.
  • Design forms that are stylish and functional.
  • Learn how to break away from the square box gclich.
  • Create funky tables.
  • And lots more

From the Publisher

Jonathan Snook, Steve Smith, Jina Bolton, Cameron Adams, and David Johnson, five of the biggest names in CSS design have joined forces to bring you The Art & Science Of CSS.

Beautifully presented in full color, this book will teach you how to apply innovative CSS-based techniques to create visually stunning headings, forms, menus, navigation, backgrounds, and much more...

Using The Art & Science Of CSS, you'll see just how easy it is to unleash your creative talents and design inspirational web sites with CSS.

All designs in this book are visually appealing and inspiring. The CSS code used to create each of the components is included and guaranteed to be simple, efficient and cross-browser compatible.

Among its many treasures, this book will show you how to:

  • Format calendars, menus and table of contents using CSS
  • Create horizontal, vertical and tab-based navigation systems using CSS
  • Create rounded corners using CSS
  • Design stylish Website headings
  • Put together funky & artistic Website backgrounds
  • Use CSS to render blockquotes, dates and lists in a visually appealing manner
All designs in this book are visually appealing and inspiring. The code CSS code used to create each of the components is provided and is guaranteed to be simple, efficient and cross-browser compatible.

Who Should Read This Book?

This book is ideal for anyone who wants to gain the practical skills involved in using CSS to make attractive web sites, especially if you're not the type who likes to learn by memorizing a formal specification and then trying to work out which browsers implemented it completely (does anyone enjoy reading specifications?). The only knowledge you'll need to have is some familiarity with HTML. This book will give designers the skills they need to implement their ideas, and provides developers with creative inspiration through practical examples.

Showing designers how to create dozens of CSS-based Web site components, this thorough guide explains how they can take their CSS designs to the next level. The CSS code used to create each of the components is provided.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780975841976
  • Publisher: SitePoint
  • Publication date: 3/15/2007
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 8.00 (w) x 9.96 (h) x 0.65 (d)

Meet the Author

Cameron Adams is an author of multiple web development books and is often referred to as a "Web Technologist." In addition to his extensive JavaScript experience, Cameron's passions extend to CSS, PHP, and graphic design.

Jina Bolton lives in Silicon Valley, is a member if the AIGA, has a bachelor of fine arts (with an emphasis on computer arts & graphic design) and currently does web design professionally for a living. She's an active public speaker and co-author of SitePoint's The Art & Science of CSS.

David Johnson is the co-founder and CTO of Nitobi, an Ajax component vendor and consulting firm. He has over eight years experience with Ajax related technologies such as XML, XSL and XMLHttpRequest, and has written articles for journals, magazines, conference papers, and for web publications such as JavaWorld.com and XML.com Andre Charland, co-founder, president and CEO of Nitobi, has been involved in Internet software development for the past eight years and has successfully executed over 100 development projects. He often speaks on Ajax and web usability, and maintains his own blog, captainajax.com. Alexei White is a Product Manager for Nitobi' s suite of enterprise Ajax user interface components and has consulted with Fortune 500 companies implementing Ajax Solutions. He has written on Ajax development for Developer.com, Network World, and IT Solutions Journal, and has been quoted on CNN.com, Wired Magazine, and in eWeek on topics in Ajax development. Alexei is also the co-founder and developer of SayZu, an Ajax-powered polling and focus grouping service.

Jonathan Snook is a self-professed web geek who's been involved in developing web sites since 1995. With over 6 years of web agency experience, he has brought his talents to projects with clients such as FedEx, Apple, Red Bull, and the Canadian Red Cross.

Jonathan currently works as a freelance web developer out of Ottawa, Ontario, Canada and writes on web development for his site Snook.ca.

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Table of Contents


Preface     viii
Headings     1
Hierarchy     2
Identity     4
Image Replacement     7
Flash Replacement     12
Summary     21
Images     23
Image Galleries     24
Contextual Images     47
Further Resources     64
Summary     65
Backgrounds     66
Background Basics     67
Case Study: Deadwood Design     69
The Future of Backgrounds     83
Summary     85
Navigation     86
The Markup     87
Basic Vertical Navigation     88
Basic Horizontal Navigation     95
Tabbed Navigation     98
Variable-width Tabs     102
Advanced Horizontal Navigation     108
Summary     116
Forms     117
Accessible Form Markup     118
Form Layout     121
Required Fields and Error Messages     147
Summary     152
Rounded Corners     154
Flexibility     155
Experimenting with these Techniques     179
Summary     179
Tables     181
The Structure     182
The Styling     191
Table Elements in Action     196
Using JavaScript     202
The Future     206
Summary     208
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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 8, 2007

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    The Art and Science of CSS Authors: Cameron Adams Jine Bolton David Johnson Steve Smith Jonathan Snook Publisher: SitePoint March 2007 IBSN: 987-0-9758419-7-6 Written by: This book was a great compliment to the classes I took at the Rich Media Institute in CSS with Chris Charlton. The book is packed with real world examples. The book was a real resource at work when a client suddenly decided I would work on CSS web site updates until another project came in which I was initially supposed to work on. The book was written by a variety of authors so, there is sure to be a section that really speaks to you. There are hands on examples which explain the code line by line. The exercises show you how to delve into the CSS basics. The book is perfect for those from beginning to intermediate levels. These authors share industry secrets about galleries, backgrounds, and navigation. headings, and forms. The examples in this book work on all browsers, are usuable, and visually enticing. Some of the really cool things that this book shows you are: how to do rounded corners and how to offset picture captions. This book really helps those new to CSS because it somehow takes a difficult subject and simplifies it I have read a number of other books written by CSS gurus which were not as approachable as this book. There is a forum for the book where you can ask questions and get answers about CSS. The link to the code archive is also really helpful in addition to the code samples in the book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 13, 2007

    Not for beginners

    I got this book without really reading through it at the bookstore. I'm disappointed because the author only shows you examples and doesn't explain greatly about why and what is going on. The lack of explanation of why you float left or right, or the difference between padding and margin is all important and left out. I am returning this book to buy a better buy one.

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