Basic Visual Formatting in CSS
Layout Fundamentals in CSS
Publisher: O'Reilly Media
Final Release Date: August 2015
Pages: 72

Some aspects of the CSS formatting model may seem counterintuitive at first, but as you’ll learn in this practical guide, the more you work with these features, the more they make sense. Author Eric Meyer gives you a good grounding in CSS visual rendering, from element box rules and concepts to the specifics of managing tricky layouts for block-level and inline elements.

Short and sweet, this book is an excerpt from the upcoming fourth edition of CSS: The Definitive Guide. When you purchase either the print or the ebook edition of Basic Visual Formatting in CSS, you’ll receive a discount on the entire Definitive Guide once it’s released. Why wait? Learn how to bring life to your web pages now.

  • Learn the details of element box types, including block, inline, inline-block, list-item, and run-in boxes
  • Change the type of box an element generates, from inline to block, or list-item to inline
  • Dive into the complexities of horizontal and vertical block-box formatting
  • Explore key concepts of inline layout: anonymous text, em box, content area, leading, inline box, and line box
  • Understand formatting differences between nonreplaced and replaced inline elements
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5.0

A good spec companion

By ling

from France

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      Comments about oreilly Basic Visual Formatting in CSS:

      This book is definitely for css freaks.
      I was searching for an alternative for the specs about the visual formatting model,
      and this book taught me what I wanted to know, and more.
      A couple of examples didn't work for me, but in the end I've learned some useful tricks, and I had some aha moments
      too.
      I still had to work a little bit on some examples to really understand the concepts behind,
      but the general tone of the book is more friendly than the css specs, and so it's a good
      learning tool.

      As always with books, some topics are more interesting than others.
      There were some topics that I didn't care too much about (too much
      details yielding almost no visible/practical results), but the couple of aha moments
      I had were worth reading the whole book.

      There are lots of resources on the web, but to me, this book beats them all:
      that is: a lot of knowledge condensed into a few pages.

      So, I would totally recommend it to people who have a hard time with the css specs.
      The css specs companion I may say.

       
      4.0

      A very useful book

      By Old Bok

      from Johannesburg South Africa

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      • Easy to understand
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      • Well-written

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        Comments about oreilly Basic Visual Formatting in CSS:

        This is a very useful book.
        I edit websites intermittently which means that I have usually forgotten stuff in the meantime.
        The book is perfect for getting hold of the detail of things.
        Struggling with collapsing margins --- it's all there.
        I recommend it.

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