The CSS Anthology, 2nd Edition
101 Essential Tips, Tricks & Hacks
By Rachel Andrew
Publisher: SitePoint
Final Release Date: May 2007
Pages: 400

A practical guide on CSS (Cascading Style Sheets) for professionals and novices, that can be used both as a tutorial and read cover-to-cover or as a handy and practical reference book to common problems, solutions and effects. The 2nd edition is now full-color throughout and is completely updated and revised with the latest tips & tricks.

This book will show you how to:

  • Construct robust CSS layouts that work every time.
  • Create sleek drop-down menus using only CSS.
  • Build a professional tabbed navigation system.
  • Replace image-based navigation with low-fat CSS lists.
  • Design smarter, more usable CSS-flavored web forms.
  • Use rounded corners minus the bloated HTML.
  • Allow your visitors to select their preferred look and feel.
  • Let the W3C validator do your debugging.
  • Reduce the burden of site maintenance and updates. ... along with 92 other solutions to common questions and problems.

    The CSS Anthology: 101 Essential Tips, Tricks & Hacks is ideal for experienced Web designers who would like to add sparkle to their existing designs, as well as newcomers who want to learn Web design the right way the first time.

    The book is written so that it can be read cover to cover, or referred to like a cookbook with 101 different recipies for your Website. It's written in an easy-to-follow, consistent format that's well illustrated with plenty of full color screenshots and code examples, providing quick visual cues. If you hate wading through dry academic-style texts, then the illustrations and examples throughout this book will suit you

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    Definitely a good resource

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    This book is set up along the same lines as O'Reilly's Cookbook series or

    their Hacks series: A recipe format - How do I ...? And a working

    solution. It is the second edition, but since I haven't seen the first, I

    don't know what changes and, hopefully, improvements have been made.

    I like that it is easy to find a problem and solution I can implement

    right away. Although most people may not want to read the book from cover

    to cover, there's nothing about the format and layout that would be an

    obstacle. I find that it's best for simply finding a solution.

    I don't like that I found at least one solution that involved Javascript

    rather than straight CSS, when I know there is a CSS-only solution. Not

    serious, I suppose. After all, you can't expect a single book to give you

    all the answers, and it doesn't hurt to have choices.

    It's the first book that I actually found a straight forward method of

    using CSS for layout (instead of tables). Other books just said it could

    or should be done, but never went into enough detail.

    In addition to the basics, there are helpful tips for navigation, tables,

    forms, cross-browser stuff, as well as accessibility considerations.

    Definitely a good resource for my bookshelf.

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