CSS: The Missing Manual, 2nd Edition
Publisher: O'Reilly Media
Released: August 2009

Cascading Style Sheets can turn humdrum websites into highly-functional, professional-looking destinations, but many designers merely treat CSS as window-dressing to spruce up their site's appearance. You can tap into the real power of this tool with CSS: The Missing Manual. This second edition combines crystal-clear explanations, real-world examples, and dozens of step-by-step tutorials to show you how to design sites with CSS that work consistently across browsers. Witty and entertaining, this second edition gives you up-to-the-minute pro techniques. You'll learn how to:

  • Create HTML that's simpler, uses less code, is search-engine friendly, and works well with CSS
  • Style text by changing fonts, colors, font sizes, and adding borders
  • Turn simple HTML links into complex and attractive navigation bars -- complete with rollover effects
  • Create effective photo galleries and special effects, including drop shadows
  • Get up to speed on CSS 3 properties that work in the latest browser versions
  • Build complex layouts using CSS, including multi-column designs
  • Style web pages for printing

With CSS: The Missing Manual, Second Edition, you'll find all-new online tutorial pages, expanded CSS 3 coverage, and broad support for Firebox, Safari, and other major web browsers, including Internet Explorer 8. Learn how to use CSS effectively to build new websites, or refurbish old sites that are due for an upgrade.

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  • Concise (9)
  • Helpful examples (9)
  • Well-written (9)

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    3.0

    Good introduction, fails on the details

    By MiMo

    from Carversville, PA

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    Pros

    • Easy To Understand
    • Informative

    Cons

    • Dated
    • Lack Depth

    Best Uses

    • Novice

    Comments about O'Reilly Media CSS: The Missing Manual, 2nd Edition:

    A readable and understandable introduction to CSS, but lacks depths/details - e.g. it explains for pages all the variations of the border commands but does not explain the rules used to align elements on a line or the concept of line box.

    Good for someone starting and without a programming background, I would not recommand it for more advanced readers.

    It is a bit dated now that most browsers support CSS3 (covered only in passing), and that IE6 is no longer so used - a good chunk of the book details IE6 quirks and work-arounds.

    The long blow-by-blow tutorials are not very useful in my opinion, it would be better to have exercises instead (maybe with solution on the Web).

    I find the attempts at humor annoying - a matter of personal taste though.

    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Simply the best!

    By Mehran

    from Tehran, Iran

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    • Easy To Understand
    • Well Written

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      • Reference

      Comments about O'Reilly Media CSS: The Missing Manual, 2nd Edition:

      I wasn't new to CSS when I started reading this book, I just wanted to read a good source before moving on to CSS3 and during studying this book I found out many things that I didn't even know CSS could do!
      I really enjoyed this book and will recommend it to anyone who wants to learn CSS.
      I'm going to read other titles from The Missing Manual library, and I hope they have the same quality and preciseness.

      Many Thanks
      Mehran

       
      5.0

      The Real missing manual

      By enderreich

      from Barcelona, Spain

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      • Easy To Understand
      • Relevant
      • Well Written

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        • Reference
        • Special Needs

        Comments about O'Reilly Media CSS: The Missing Manual, 2nd Edition:

        Excellent not only for those who are new to css world -tutorials and some exercises are provided-, but also for css developers who have been developing for a long time. It's really useful as reference manual too. Firebug&&This manual = life easier!!

        (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        A Must Have For CSS...

        By UBhapE2

        from Boulder, CO

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        Pros

        • Deserves Multiple Readings
        • Easy To Understand
        • Informative
        • References
        • Relevant
        • Well Written

        Cons

        • NONE

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        • Do-It-Yourself
        • Reference
        • Student
        • Web Designer

        Comments about O'Reilly Media CSS: The Missing Manual, 2nd Edition:

        I am new to CSS and learning as I go. I have read many tutorials online and learn some but it was this book that finally brought everything together for me and I was able to get the BIG picture. A must read for those learning CSS or who want to freshen up their skills.

        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Solid book with plenty of useful tips

        By Larry

        from Somerville, MA

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              Comments about O'Reilly Media CSS: The Missing Manual, 2nd Edition:

              This book does a good job of covering just about everything you need to know about CSS. My only complaint is that I think he could have done a better job of describing the difference between block and in-line elements, but that was pretty minor.
              The tutorials at the end of each chapter are helpful, as are the plenty of neat tips sprinkled throughout that book. For example, instead of using a paint program to overlay text on an image, just type the text directly into a that has a background-image property. (That one saved me a lot of time!)

              (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              A superb treatment

              By craig

              from Aptos, CA

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

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                Comments about O'Reilly Media CSS: The Missing Manual, 2nd Edition:

                I just submitted a similar review for another of the authors books: Dreamweaver CS5 The Missing Manual"
                Both books are Superb!
                I've been a professional software developer for 30 years and this is among the finest treatments I've read. The author blends and balances conceptual overview and description, with detail and tutorials superbly. Enough overview to get the most important concepts established; enough detailed description to reveal how things really work while also pointing out some of the important "gotchas" that newbies will run into; and then enough tutorials (but not too much, and not too trivial) to help beginners get both a comprehensive feel for CSS and put them well on their way to building professional websites. The tutorials are well thought out and then distilled to focus on the things that are important for beginners to understand. For example regarding "layout": In other tutorials I've read, specific aspects about layout are addressed, but none have provided context and the bigger picture. In this book the author articulates layout strategies clearly and concisely.

                (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                BRILLIANT

                By Ryan

                from West Midlands, UK

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

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                  • Intermediate
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                  • Student

                  Comments about O'Reilly Media CSS: The Missing Manual, 2nd Edition:

                  This book has given me a better understanding and answered a lot of questions to how I should implement various techniques to modern web design. The book never leaves my desk and I find myself constantly using it to refresh myself on certain methods.

                  The book is a joy to read, clear and concise and I highly recommend it for all levels.

                  (0 of 23 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  1.0

                  The Missing CD

                  By Ken

                  from Dallas, TX

                  About Me Developer, Educator, Sys Admin

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                        Comments about O'Reilly Media CSS: The Missing Manual, 2nd Edition:

                        This might be a good tutorial if the missing CD could be unzipped. It is essential to do the book's tutorials; but when you download the CD, WinZip says it is an invalid archive and to try to download it again. Repeated attemps result in the same thing. Without the Missing CD, the book serves as an expensive paperweight.

                        (4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        5.0

                        flourescent light moment!

                        By Openside

                        from Bucks, UK

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                        • Accurate
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                        • Easy to understand
                        • Entertaining
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                        • Well-written

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                          Comments about O'Reilly Media CSS: The Missing Manual, 2nd Edition:

                          You know you pull the string on a flourescent(strip) light, it flashes a few times before the light comes on. Well, my CSS has been at the flickering stage for a while but now the light has come on! (Oh, thats how they do it.)
                          I have been a fan of the missing manuals since Dreamweaver 8 and they have moved me from complete beginner (and I really mean zero knowledge) to probably intermediate designer/ developer.
                          Great humour. Easy to read. logical structure. tips, boxes and references that enable you to skim through on a superficial level for basic understanding then go back for more detail. The external links/ reference are fantastic( I usually highlight them/ bookmark them as I go for future ref.)
                          I tend not to follow the tutorials exactly but use them more as a guide for my own building. Online resource is outstanding. Just found the Xampp set up pages that are so simple - took me ages using other sources.
                          CSS Missing Manual is compulsory reading. Don't leave as long as I did.

                          (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          5.0

                          Loved it!

                          By Dan the Man

                          from Monroe, La

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                            Comments about O'Reilly Media CSS: The Missing Manual, 2nd Edition:

                            I really liked how this book didn't jump into the intricate details of CSS too soon in the book and after every new section, there is the ability to put your hands on the code by using the tutorials that you can download. This book really makes learning CSS something you actually want to do, and I often found myself anxious to find extra time read more of the book. Having finished the book, I feel pretty darn confident with any CSS-encounters I may have in the near future. Thanks!

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