Cascading Style Sheets: Separating Content from Presentation

Cascading Style Sheets: Separating Content from Presentation

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Cascading Style Sheets: Separating Content from Presentation by Owen Briggs, Matt Patterson, Eric Costello, Steven Champeon

CSS is one of the trio of core client-side web professional skills: HTML for markup, JavaScript for dynamism, and CSS for style. All web professionals who want to take their page design to the next level, with all the advantages that CSS brings, will need this book.

This book is a focused guide to using Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) for the visual design of web pages. It provides concise coverage of all the essential CSS concepts developers need to learn (such as separating content from presentation, block and inline elements, inheritance and cascade, the box model, typography, etc). It also covers the syntax needed to effectively use CSS with your markup document (for example CSS rules, how to structure a style sheet, linking style sheets to your (X)HTML documents, CSS boxes etc).

CSS (Cascading Style Sheets) is a powerful technology that can be used to add style and structure to your web pages without needing to resort to "hacks" such as HTML table layouts and "spacer images". However, this is not the only advantage over other styling methods. You can specify your CSS styles in a separate file, then apply those styles to every page in your web site. When you want to change a style on your site, you can do it by modifying one style sheet, rather having to update every page. This is only one example of the many advantages CSS brings to your web development work.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781590592311
Publisher: Apress
Publication date: 02/25/2004
Edition description: Softcover reprint of the original 2nd ed.
Pages: 400
Product dimensions: 7.01(w) x 9.25(h) x 0.36(d)

About the Author

Owen Briggs is an independent web designer based in Victoria, Canada. Like so many people, he was introduced to personal computers in 1978 with the Commodore PET and hasn't stopped playing with them since. Online, he is a member of the Web Standards Project and perpetrator of Offline, he tries to maintain his privacy.

Matt Patterson is an independent typographer based in Reading, U.K. Introduced to the web in 1996, he was building sites immediately and became interested in CSS when he realized it meant you could do actual typography on the web. These days, he mostly spends his time designing and building websites and web applications based on open standards at the front- and back-end. He thinks that specifications the main product of pre-DTP typographers are a lot like CSS, and that this is a good thing. He lives with his wife, Clare.

Eric Costello is a web developer for hire, working out of his company Schwa. He is

helping to build The Game Neverending ( He maintains a personal site at, where he links to articles on Web standards, Flash, DHTML, CSS, XML, and other topics of interest to web developers. He helped usher in the era of CSS page layouts by offering information and CSS templates for free download. He is an emeritus of the Web Standards Project steering committee, and the developer for Stewart Butterfield's 5K Contest, along with being a pretty lousy guitar player, photographer, husband and father.

Steven Champeon is chief technology officer for On a number of projects, he has developed and/or supervised large-scale Web site technical architectures, information architectures, and applications for Internet and intranet use. Steven has provided technical editing on the topics of XML, XHTML, and other Web-related topics for IDG Books Worldwide, MIS:Press, O'Reilly and Associates, and Macmillan/New Riders.

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