Getting StartED with CSS

Getting StartED with CSS

by David Powers
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Getting StartED with CSS by David Powers

Knowledge of Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) is essential for developing modern, attractive websites, but many beginners are put off by the need to learn about unfamiliar concepts, such as selectors, properties, and classes, before they can achieve anything. Getting StartED with CSS takes a practical approach by showing you how to use CSS in simple stages, starting by changing the default appearance of HTML tags to improve the look of text and links. It assumes no prior knowledge of CSS and avoids bombarding you with unnecessary technical details. At the same time, it explains all the main points and acts as a reference that you can come back to when you need to refresh your memory. More advanced concepts are introduced gradually, so that by the end of the book you'll have a solid understanding of all the main aspects of CSS. Particular attention is paid to avoiding the common pitfalls of beginners, enabling you to create websites that not only look good, but also are easy to maintain.

  • Requires no previous knowledge of CSS
  • Instant results—starts off by showing how improve the look of a website stage by stage
  • Doesn't bombard you with endless rules and jargon

What you’ll learn

  • How to immediately improve the look of your entire website by controlling fonts and colors with just a few lines of code.
  • How to control the layout of elements on the page without resorting to complex tables.
  • How to add background images that appear exactly where you want them.
  • How to create effective style sheets that are easy to maintain by avoiding common mistakes such as over-reliance on classes ("classitis").
  • How browsers display page elements and master CSS positioning.
  • How to experiment with advanced CSS selectors.

Who this book is for

This book is aimed at anybody who wants to learn how to style websites using CSS. The primary readership is likely to be independent web developers and serious hobbyists, but knowledge of CSS is essential to anyone planning a career in web development, so it should also find a place in the curriculum of academic courses in media studies.

Table of Contents

  1. What Is CSS, and Why Should I Learn It?
  2. How Do I Improve the Look of Text and Links?
  3. How Can I Improve the Layout of My Text?
  4. How Can I Flow Text Around Images?
  5. How Do I Add Backgrounds and Borders to Improve the Look of My Page?
  6. How Do I Solve the Mysteries of Width and Height?
  7. How Do I Create Differently Styled Sections?
  8. How Do I Style Lists and Navigation Menus?
  9. How Do I Style Tables?
  10. How Do I Position Elements Precisely on the Page?
  11. Are There Any Guidelines for Basic Page Layout?
  12. How Do I Create Styles for Printing?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781430225430
Publisher: Apress
Publication date: 11/30/2009
Edition description: 2009
Pages: 350
Product dimensions: 7.50(w) x 9.20(h) x 1.70(d)

About the Author

David Powers is an Adobe Community Expert for Dreamweaver and author of a series of highly successful books on PHP, including PHP Solutions: Dynamic Web Design Made Easy and Foundation PHP for Dreamweaver 8. As a professional writer, he has been involved in electronic media for more than 30 years, first with BBC radio and television and more recently with the Internet. His clear writing style is valued not only in the English-speaking world; several of his books have been translated into Spanish and Polish. What started as a mild interest in computing was transformed almost overnight into a passion, when David was posted to Japan in 1987 as BBC correspondent in Tokyo. With no corporate IT department just down the hallway, he was forced to learn how to fix everything himself. When not tinkering with the innards of his computer, he was reporting for BBC television and radio on the rise and collapse of the Japanese bubble economy. Since leaving the BBC to work independently, he has built up an online bilingual database of economic and political analysis for Japanese clients of an international consultancy. When not pounding the keyboard writing books or dreaming of new ways of using PHP and other programming languages, David enjoys nothing better than visiting his favorite sushi restaurant. He has also translated several plays from Japanese.

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Getting StartED with CSS 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I don't know anything about CSS. To be honest, I've only opened this book to one page. BUT I can say this, it seems like it will be an easy CSS book for us beginners. I'm hoping it will teach me enough to create my own WordPress layout.