Cascading Style Sheets: The Definitive Guide
Publisher: O'Reilly Media
Final Release Date: May 2000
Pages: 472

Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) is poised to make its mark on the Web. With good implementations in Internet Explorer 5.0 and Opera 3.6, and 100% support expected in Netscape's "Mozilla" browser, signs are that CSS is rapidly becoming a useful, reliable, and powerful tool for web authors.

CSS is the W3C-approved method for enriching the visual presentation of web pages. Cascading Style Sheets: The Definitive Guide offers a complete, detailed review of CSS1 and CSS positioning, as well as an overview of CSS2. Each property is explored in detail with a discussion of how each interacts with other properties. There is also information on how to avoid common mistakes in interpretation.

This book is the first major title to cover CSS in a way that both acknowledges and describes current browser support, instead of simply describing the way things work in theory. It offers both web authors and scripters a comprehensive guide to using CSS effectively.

Cascading Style Sheets: The Definitive Guide targets veteran web authors who have already invested thousands of hours in learning HTML and writing web pages and are wondering why they need to learn a brand new language of style. This book supplies those dubious but curious web authors with the information they need to easily implement CSS for their web site.

This book also addresses an audience of novice web authors who are already straining to learn all of the tags and attributes of HTML and can benefit now from implementing CSS correctly instead of repeating the mistakes of the past.

The author has extensive experience writing about pitfalls and interesting tricks in CSS. He is a member of the CSS&FP Working Group, coordinates the W3C's CSS1 Test Suite , remains active on CSS newsgroups, and edits Web Review's Style Sheets Reference Guide . He has built a widespread reputation as a CSS expert, particularly with regard to his understanding of the intricacies of browser support for CSS. He brings his knowledge and expertise to this book in the form of hints, workarounds, and many other tips for web authors.

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This book let me hit the ground running with style sheets and answered most of my stupid questions and laid the clue down where I was unaware of the depth of my ignorance. If you are average webmaster you must buy it!Kate Lea

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By Dale Frye

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A very easy to read book. Only major problem is that it needs updating and I would prefer that CSS2 not be limited to a single chapter. For example all the pseudo-classes should be listed and discussed in one place not broken into two different chapters. I suspect that if this book covered all of CSS2 it would become the reference book on CSS for most people for quite a few years to come.

It is very rare that I would consider buying a computer book of this vintage but I passed over another with a somewhat later publishing date because of the quality of the writing in this book.

The browser support chart only show up to IE 5, NS 4 and Opera 3. I spec as a minimum for my sites IE 5.5 and Netscape 6.2 with a strong reccomendation of using IE 6 and NS 7. I'm also starting to support Opera 7. I also would like to see the browser support info duplicated for each property as it is covered in the main portion of the book and not just in the back.

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The book is fine, but the CSS2 as an addendum business is a bit outdated now (2003).

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The best book on CSS on this planet. As usual with O'Reilly : concise, precise, complete, crystal clear. Bravo.

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The need to separate layout from the content during web page design/implementation process is a strong selling point made in this book. The logical content separation can be taken further by discussing separating static from dynamic content, ie, HTML vs. JavaScript and by discussing dynamic client and server-generated content, ie, JavaScript vs. ActiveX/jdbc/dbi; neither of these points are mentioned in this book.

The author plunges into CSS and the first few chapters are very handy. The presentations on how CSS is hierarchical, supports inheritance, the numerous demos of various CSS tags/units is worthwhile. Too bad this book could not be printed in color. The down side to the topic is the very poor CSS support by Netscape 4.x browsers.

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Excellent book. The book manages to talk about the essentials without meandering. Evary line is a value-add. A weatlth of information that you can immediately use on your website. If nothing else, read the last chapter (No. 11): CSS in Action.

 
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This book let me hit the ground running with CSS and answered most of my burning questions and laid the clue down where I was unaware of the depth of my ignorance.

I will now get my CSS stroll on, because font tags are SO 1999

Thanks!

 
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By Todd Hawley

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Good job!

This book's title is quite descriptive. It gives a detailed look at Style Sheets, starting with their "history," basic rules and structure, text and background colors, and other text properties among other topics. While the book specifically discusses CSS1 style sheets, it does devote a chapter to CSS2 (the upcoming standard), but freely admits the standards for it could change, depending of course on browser support (or lack thereof) for the new standards.

And that's another point the book stresses, that every browser is different in what it does or doesn't support with Cascading Style Sheets. One of the book's appendixes contains a table of different style sheet elements and what each browser supports. Another appendix lists CSS resources, which is quite valuable at a time when style sheet standards appear to be ever changing.

I had held off learning about Cascading Style Sheets for quite a while and thanks to this book, I now realize the power and flexibility they provide for web sites.

 
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Page by page, feature by feature, Eric Meyer's 'Cascading Style Sheets: The Definitive Guide' puts a new face on the new face of the Web. I found this book to be useful at virtually every page: I was using CSS on my own homepage within minutes, and plan to expand that to the various websites I maintain, then to influence my officemates to join me in the quest for cascading styles. The only detracting point would be the constant use of Latin in the example text.

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I have a great deal of HTML experience, but wanted a quick course in style sheets. This books was

fabulous for not only giving clear instruction on how to use them, but also in pointing out common

headaches in browser support. This is the first computer book I've read that represented a goodmidrange level tutorial...not a primer for beginning programmers, and not a technobabble encyclopedia of code. It's a must for any busy professional who just wants the straight story and

doesn't have time to waste figuring out where the common pitfalls are. We all have jobs we need to

do, not time to read tons of books! Kudos to O'Reilly for the first book I've liked from their presses!

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