The Art and Science of CSS
By Cameron Adams, Jina Bolton, David Johnson, Steve Smith, Jonathan Snook
Publisher: SitePoint
Final Release Date: March 2007
Pages: 224

CSS-based design doesn't need to be boring. The Art & Science of CSS brings together a talented collection of designers who will show you how to take the building blocks of your web site's design (such as headings, navigation, forms, and more) and bring them to life with fully standards-compliant CSS.

This full color book helps you to design web sites that not only work well across all browsers, are easy to maintain, and are highly accessible, but are also visually stunning.

  • Create truly attention-grabbing headings.
  • Discover multiple ways to present images effectively.
  • Use background images to give your site zest.
  • Build usable and attractive navigation.
  • Design forms that are stylish and functional.
  • Learn how to break away from the square box gclich.
  • Create funky tables.
  • And lots more

From the Publisher

Jonathan Snook, Steve Smith, Jina Bolton, Cameron Adams, and David Johnson, five of the biggest names in CSS design have joined forces to bring you The Art & Science Of CSS.

Beautifully presented in full color, this book will teach you how to apply innovative CSS-based techniques to create visually stunning headings, forms, menus, navigation, backgrounds, and much more...

Using The Art & Science Of CSS, you'll see just how easy it is to unleash your creative talents and design inspirational web sites with CSS.

All designs in this book are visually appealing and inspiring. The CSS code used to create each of the components is included and guaranteed to be simple, efficient and cross-browser compatible.

Among its many treasures, this book will show you how to:

  • Format calendars, menus and table of contents using CSS
  • Create horizontal, vertical and tab-based navigation systems using CSS
  • Create rounded corners using CSS
  • Design stylish Website headings
  • Put together funky & artistic Website backgrounds
  • Use CSS to render blockquotes, dates and lists in a visually appealing manner
All designs in this book are visually appealing and inspiring. The code CSS code used to create each of the components is provided and is guaranteed to be simple, efficient and cross-browser compatible.

Who Should Read This Book?

This book is ideal for anyone who wants to gain the practical skills involved in using CSS to make attractive web sites, especially if you're not the type who likes to learn by memorizing a formal specification and then trying to work out which browsers implemented it completely (does anyone enjoy reading specifications?). The only knowledge you'll need to have is some familiarity with HTML. This book will give designers the skills they need to implement their ideas, and provides developers with creative inspiration through practical examples.

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Comments about oreilly The Art and Science of CSS:

Good book, and right to the point. It shows you how to use CSS to create a website that will standout by using simple and clean looking designs. You can get started right away.

Chapters include how to make rounded corners on tables and navigation tabs; the combining of images and text for visually appealing web pages, as well as styling of forms, headings, lists, and page backgrounds.

The book is laid out nicely with the sample code very easy to read and follow. Excellent format. If you want a practical guide for using CSS that zeros in and focuses on the basic parts of a web page (forms, headings, text, navigation, tables, and images), this is a good one. It shows you clearly just what you need to do.

If you want a deeper explanation on CSS elements, I would recommend "Cascading Style Sheets: A Definitive Guide".

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This book might be the "Definitive" but I do not have anything to compare it to.

My background in Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) is minimal. I have taken two half day classes at our local university and I have no experience in practical usage of CSS. I am very comfortable with HTML coding but often use a WYSIWYG application to make functional no frills sites listing reference information. The book The Art & Science of CSS (published by Sitepoint) is very good for beginner to medium skill level users to pick up and work through. The title led me to believe that I was going to be exposed to practical methodology of adding well thought out design to my web site. The book did not disappoint.

In the Navigation chapter there were four ways to build navigation shown (basic-no frills horizontal, vertical, vertical with tabs, vertical with graphics). This is just one example of how the book walks the user through several levels of the sample project, each one displaying a good visual presence on its own. The book takes these presences and slowly builds off each producing even a better visual piece. Building skill upon skill is a wonderful learning process. I got the feeling of a natural progression of working on a project. You work awhile, analyze the results and see where you need to make it better, then work some more.

Several sections mentioned or displayed how different browsers will view content. A fix was provided for those occurrences where the differences were unacceptable. Other sections worked through a thought process pointing out the good and the bad about alternatives. There were several references on how to alter code that complies with screenreader usage.

A slight touch of humor was scattered throughout the book such as a "grasshopper" reference from a 70's TV series titled Kung Fu. Yes, I'm old enough to have watched it-but I was very young. I was amused how throughout the book they kept giving me ways to stop using tables to format data and in the end showed how to make tables shine in ways tables where intended to be used. Is there anything I didn't like about the book? No, I really can't think of anything. It prompted you to a web site where you can download material to walk through the examples. I will need to go over certain sections of the book again so I fully grasp individual details but I will assume this is because of my lack of skill with using CSS. I highly recommend this book and feel that it will help users take control of their web site,GOODBYE TEMPLATES!

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