CSS Cookbook, 3rd Edition
Publisher: O'Reilly Media
Released: December 2009

Learn how to solve the real problems you face with CSS. This cookbook offers hundreds of practical examples for using CSS to format your web pages, and includes code samples you can use right away. You'll find exactly what you need, from the basics to complex hacks and workarounds.

Each recipe explains how to customize a solution to meet your needs, and each chapter features a sample design that showcases the topics discussed. You'll learn about the behavior of the latest browsers-including IE 8, Firefox 3, Safari 4, and Google Chrome—and how you can resolve differences in the ways they display your web pages. Arranged in a convenient format for quick reference, this third edition is a valuable companion for anyone working with CSS.

  • Learn the basics, such as the CSS rule structure
  • Work with web typography and page layout
  • Create effects for images and other page elements
  • Learn techniques for configuring lists, forms, and tables
  • Design effective web navigation and create custom links
  • Get creative by combining CSS with JavaScript
  • Learn useful troubleshooting techniques
  • Explore features of HTML5 and CSS3
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  • Concise (4)
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    4.0

    CSS Cookbook by Christopher Schmitt

    By Fale

    from Milan, Italy

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    Pros

    • Accurate
    • Helpful examples

    Cons

    • Not for beginners

    Best Uses

    • Expert
    • Intermediate

    Comments about O'Reilly Media CSS Cookbook, 3rd Edition:

    This is a very good book, but is not thought for beginners. As a lot of the O'Reilly 'Cookbook' collection, this is a book for people that already have the bases of the argument rather than for beginner. The book is very exhaustive, in my opinion, and it speaks even of HTML5 and CSS3.

    I really appreciate the books that are filled with examples, and this book is exactly this kind of book . Even if I've heard different opinions, I do think that this kind of book are more useful as reference, rather than in a full read (from first page till last one) without a computer to test things. Because I have read the PDF version of this book, I've enjoed the coloured images (that is awesome for a CSS book) but I do believe that the printed edition have them in black and white (which sucks).

     
    5.0

    This is THE book

    By Pattristan

    from Germany

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    • Accurate
    • Concise
    • Easy to understand
    • Helpful examples
    • Well-written

    Cons

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      • Expert
      • Intermediate

      Comments about O'Reilly Media CSS Cookbook, 3rd Edition:

      At last I've found time to get away from Photoshop slices, Tables and workarounds.
      After having grasped the basics, I needed a lot of information: "how do I do this?", "How do I do that" - this book has answered all my questions till now. AND based on the information in this excellent book, I thought: "Well if that works like that, let's try the method like this ..." Bingo!

      The only thing I would say: every chapter is full of "Problem..." and "Solution"

      Why not substitute: "Challenge" and "Solution"

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      I like this book

      By jimbo08

      from Richmond, VA

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      • Accurate
      • Concise
      • Easy to understand
      • Helpful examples
      • Well-written

      Cons

      • None

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      • Intermediate

      Comments about O'Reilly Media CSS Cookbook, 3rd Edition:

      FYI previous reviewer -- Appendix E is at [@]The only complaint I have is that the location (generally) of O'Reilly's example code downloads seems to be insider info. It takes some minor detective work to find it -- as in the case of Appendix E. I suppose that there is concern that folks will download the code without buying the book, but why alienate the people who do buy?

      (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Appendix E is missing!

      By tcloud

      from texas

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        Comments about O'Reilly Media CSS Cookbook, 3rd Edition:

        It's a good book -- but where is Appendix E?Why is there any content in the book -- that is NOT in the book? Had I known that before purchasing it, I would have reconsidered the purchase.The book refers the reader to a URL (bottom of p. 677) to download the appendix -- "You can find the full version of Appendix E here: [@]"... but there is nothing at that URL about it!So I created an account and then tried to register the book whereupon I received an error message "root element had no associated DTD/schema".I just want the content I paid for -- why do I have to jump through all these hoops to get it?

        (3 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

         
        3.0

        Poor Paper Quality

        By Dev99

        from Massachusetts

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        • Accurate
        • Concise
        • Easy to understand
        • Helpful examples
        • Well-written

        Cons

        • Hard to read

        Best Uses

        • Novice

        Comments about O'Reilly Media CSS Cookbook, 3rd Edition:

        Well written with helpful examples. The book covers topics I needed as a developer transitioning into design.
        The biggest problem for me is the paper quality. The book makes no mention of being printed on recycled paper, but that's what it looks like. It's a bit rough, thin, and grayish in color, and unlike any other O'Reilly books I have. In the store, under bright overhead lights, it was noticeable, but the book was readable. At home, where I do a lot of my work, it is hard to read. The contrast is lower than normal due to both the roughness and the color, so it is a strain reading it.
        Disappointing in a book I need for my work.

        (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Great book

        By OHS

        from Norway

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        Pros

        • Accurate
        • Concise
        • Easy to understand
        • Helpful examples
        • Well-written

        Cons

        • Plain HTML examples

        Best Uses

        • Intermediate
        • Novice

        Comments about O'Reilly Media CSS Cookbook, 3rd Edition:

        It's full of useful CSS examples, laid out in a very easy to read format. My only quibble is the HTML examples at the beginning of the book. They have no place in a book about CSS, and I'm sure anyone picking up this book already knows this stuff.

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