A Designer’s Guide

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ISBN: 0321305256

Pages: 275

Publisher: New Riders

Topic: HTML

Rating: 4 out of 5 – (4 out of 5)

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Cascading Style Sheets, or CSS, is a Web standards-based method of separating Web content from its presentation on the screen.

Stylin’ for CSS is for anyone who wants to learn how to use CSS to style their web pages. Stylin’ for CSS will take you through the basics of CSS and how to use the CSS hierarchy. The book will then show you with many examples, how to create some standard web page layouts such as two and three column layouts using CSS.

You will also be taught how to format text with CSS, how to create fluid layouts, which resize automatically, as well as how to position any element where you want it using floats, negative margins, padding, and absolute positioning.

Stylin’ for CSS is a lot more than just a basic book on how to use CSS, as it contains lots of tips on how to solve CSS design problems, such as how to create full length columns where the footer will always be below the longest column. Stylin’ for CSS also instructs you on how to build basic menus and drop down menus from simple un-ordered HTML lists.

There are other tips in Stylin’ for CSS such as how to set minimum and maximum width settings so that when pages collapse down the CSS designed web pages do not overlay themselves and squash up.

The final chapter of Stylin’ for CSS takes a basic html page with no layout and gradually adds in CSS to make the page become a well laid out and designed page.

Stylin’ for CSS contains a lot of examples and the book is well laid out and easy to follow. I can recommend this book to anyone who wants to understand how to design pages using CSS from scratch, or anyone who now wants to change their old pages that may have been created using out of date design methods.

Stylin’ for CSS Book Review
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