Professional CSS: Cascading Style Sheets for Web Design

  • ISBN13: 9780470177082
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Updated and revised to reflect changes to cascading style sheets (CSS) development procedures since the first edition was published, Professional CSS: Cascading Style Sheets for Web Design, 2nd Edition offers a hands-on look at designing standards-based, large-scale, professional-level CSS web sites. Understand designers’ processes from start to finish and gain insight into how designers overcome a site’s unique set of challenges and obstacles. Become comfortabl… More >>

Professional CSS: Cascading Style Sheets for Web Design

5 Comments on “Professional CSS: Cascading Style Sheets for Web Design

  1. I loved this CSS book. By the time that I finished with chapter 2, I successfully, applied the information to my website. This book, Professional CSS, was a much needed reference guide to helping me spruce up my website.
    Rating: 5 / 5

  2. Professional CSS from Wrox is a good read with tips and tricks from some of the high profile projects to be put into commercial production from the last several years. Wide scope of designers covered and that is always fun to hear right from the designers mouth. Good insite into the industry of web standards based design and development.
    Rating: 4 / 5

  3. OK… obviously mixed reviews on this book. Seems to be good in comparison to others I’ve read. OF course, the question of them teaching concepts that don’t work in IE has been raised to the level of an “issue.” One positive I can see in them discussing techniques that don’t work in IE6 is that the authors expect IE7 to be more in line with browsers like Mozilla.

    If this book leaves me with anything, it will be the fact that standards compliance is a fight being fought by many of the leading designers – not just the authors (see Jeremy Keith, Dave Shea, and of course, http://www.w3c.org). That gives me reason to open my ears and read about why they find it important. This book explains some of that.

    I’ve made the switch to XHTML (not even really new by today’s standards) and CSS with the help of this book and others, dropping the table based design and have already seen the benefits in regards to search engine optimization, and management. Of course, no single book will give some one all the tools necessary to be a guru in a particular topic.

    Take what you want from the book. There’s cool stuff in it, and of course, not-so-cool stuff. No book is good for everyone. All books are good for at least someone.
    Rating: 4 / 5

  4. As a designer, this year I tackled actionscript in flash and was able to massively improve my designs. I thought I’d follow it up by transitioning away from complex table-based design, which I can do in my sleep, to CSS. I looked at several books and this one seemed to be very straight-forward. It’s not. It has a few illustrations that make it LOOK simple, but the lessons and case studies are fractured, messy and confusing. The second chapter devotes a huge portion to workaround for all types of browsers, admitting that this is an advanced concern. I need to crawl before I walk, and walk before I run. And I’m not unfamiliar with CSS – I’ve been using it to control type for years, but this is completely over my head. I just ordered some visual quickstart guides which I’ve had good luck with in the past. However, I was too lured in with this book’s simple illustrations and blow-up quotes, and ended up buying something that was far too disjointed and complex for me. If you think in code all day long, it may be ok. But if you’re a designer with a reasonable technical fluency, this is going to frustrate you.
    Rating: 2 / 5

  5. Another reviewer wrote:

    2. Poor reproduction of graphics. In some cases, it’s difficult to see what the authors are trying to represent. Several errors in Chapter 3 (“Blogger: Rollovers and Design Improvements”) make the examples very confusing. The book’s editing left much to be desired–I found quite a few errors throughout the boo

    I agree completely and WHY WEREN’T THE GRAPHICS INCLUDED IN THE COD E DOWNLOAD? That should have taken no additional effort and made everything a lot clearer!

    I buy lot’s of WROX books, so let’s keep after them when they shortchange us like this.
    Rating: 3 / 5

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