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by Charles Wyke-Smith

  • Author: Charles Wyke-Smith
  • ISBN: 0321525566
  • ISBN13: 978-0321525567
  • ePub: 1680 kb | FB2: 1288 kb
  • Language: English
  • Category: Graphics & Design
  • Publisher: New Riders; 2 edition (December 29, 2007)
  • Pages: 312
  • Rating: 4.8/5
  • Votes: 704
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Stylin' with CSS: A Designer's Guide (2nd Edition) ePub download

This title is out of print.

This title is out of print.

Cascading Style Sheets enable you to rapidly create web designs that can be shared by hundreds or even thousands of web pages. It accelerates development cycles by centralizing text and layout information for easy editing and updates. This book teaches you everything you need to know to start using CSS in your web development work, from the basics of marking up your content and styling text, through the creation of multi-column page layouts without the use of tables. Learn to create interface components, such as drop-down menus, navigation links, and animated graphical buttons, using only CSS (no JavaScript required). Discover how to design code that works on the latest standard-compliant browsers, such as IE7 and current versions of Firefox, Safari, and Opera, while working around the quirks of the older ones. With a mastery of CSS, your web design capabilities will move to a new level, and everything you need to know to get started and build your skills is right here in this book. You’ll be stylin’ in no time!
I am a better coder by following the methodology in this book.

A few years ago I was one of the harried site developers embedding all style characteristics in the html. No matter how carefully I preserved indentation and followed protocol the html pages inevitably glutted and became really ugly. When a customer wanted a change, first I had to search through the html to find it and then I often found myself thinking "did I write that mess"? Then came "Stylin' with CSS" the first edition and my monstrosities actually became manageable.

The 2nd edition takes it to a new level. The explanations of key concepts have been expanded and enhanced.

The down-loadable CSS, html examples and clean javascript code alone would be worth the price of the book. Consider them the best set of templates you will ever buy.

The conceptual approach to CSS with liberal illustrations make it clear how CSS is applied throughout the site on every page styled with a given CSS document. Site wide changes for maintenance purposes or simply restyling for visual appeal are magnitudes easier. If you are considering making the transition to standards compliant sites this is your road map. If you are already a CSS advocate, you can hone your skills.

If you are an instructor you could not do better than "Stylin' with CSS, 2nd Edition" for a textbook. If you are an employer, you should consider buying a copy for each of your site developers; it will save you money in maintenance and increase productivity.

For me personally, I've benefited most from enhanced understanding of selectors and inheritance. I can now selectively style elements based on their hierarchy in the xhtml. I know what's going to happen when I simply declare them and if I need to override the inherited values, it's easy to do.

I don't write a lot of reviews, but this is too good not to share. Apply what is taught this book and you will achieve a new level of consistency in your results and greater flexibility in your presentation as well. Cross browser consistency will be the best you can achieve. Did I mention the thought of maintenance will no longer tie knots in your stomach?

Definitely recommended; it would be a bargain at twice the price.
After graduation a friend recommended 'Stylin' with CSS' that not only added to my understanding of CSS, but also became a GREAT resource guide for me. While the book is geared toward the novice, the appendices provide a clear, concise, and organized breakdown of CSS properties along with their descriptions, values, and version compatibility, which I find very useful.

'Stylin' with CSS' gives the reader a solid understanding of many of the CSS rules that, in the beginning, baffle a designer. IDs and classes are thoroughly reviewed in a fresh style. Collapsing margins are addressed to help designers create sturdy fixed or liquid designs (both types of layouts are discussed in detail). Column length and positioning are given attention as well.

Thanks to this book, I am confident that the added insight will improve my future designs and allow me to deliver CSS-generated sites more effectively. To all the novice designers who are reading this review, go on and buy the book...you'll really be glad you did!
I bought this as a textbook for my web design class. I already know a lot about CSS, and so far I've only read the first chapter, but it seems extremely easy to understand. Each concept is explained (in plain English!) and technical terms are defined clearly. And when sample code is supplied, you've already read about each part of it and know WHY it's there. I recently bought a book from a different author and publisher on ActionScript 3.0, and its so abstract, I don't think I know much more about AS than I did at the beginning. Stylin' with CSS, on the other hand, has defined even the basics (that I already mostly knew) so well that I've learned a few things already. I was so impressed that I ordered Charles Wyke-Smith's other book, Codin' for the Web, right away. I haven't gotten the chance to read it yet, but I already know I'm going to learn quite a few things from it.
I was fairly new to CSS, having picked up a few intro books and dabbling a bit, so I was looking for a book that would help me move to the next level. Stylin' with CSS was a perfect choice. I was having trouble with browser incompatibilities, and the book explained some of the workarounds, which saved me a lot of effort. It also does a nice job of explaining the box model.

For me, the most useful section was the one on menu systems. I've used the drop-down menus in the Stylib in a number of website projects since reading the book, and it performs well. I like the fact that after following the text, I actually understand how it works, so I can modify it to fit my specific needs.

The writing style was easy to follow, and the explanations were very clear. I'd recommend the book to anyone who wants to go beyond the basics and learn some useful CSS techniques.
This book has a lot of detail in it. There are some good instructions, but some of it is a bit difficult to understand and follow. I am not a beginning web designer, but definitely not a very advanced one either. The book did help me understand CSS better, and helped me create a couple sites, but oh, it was not easy. I did a lot of back and forth looking in the book, trying to make sense of all the information. If you already know CSS, this would make a very good reference. For beginners in CSS, not so much.
The explanations in this book leave very little to the imagination. In other words they are clear & concise & the author makes no assumptions about previous knowledge. I had read Elizabeth Castro's "XHTML & CSS" then Andy Budd's "CSS Mastery" & although they both gave me a good understanding of what can be done they failed to truly explain how to use markup & styling like this guy does. I like the fact that he doesn't seem like he's full of himself either. It really does take more than one book & a lot of hands on to get good at this stuff & I'd recommend this book as either the starting point for a beginner or to round off the edges of an intermediate designer.
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