CSS Cookbook, 2nd Edition

As the industry standard method for enriching the presentation of HTML-based web pages, Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) allow you to give web pages more structure and a more sophisticated look. But first, you have to get past CSS theory and resolve real-world problems.

For those all-too-common dilemmas that crop up with each project, CSS Cookbook provides hundreds of practical examples with CSS code recipes that you can use immediately to format your web pages. Arranged in a quick-lookup format for easy reference, the second edition has been updated to explain the unique behavior of the latest browsers: Microsoft’s IE 7 and Mozilla’s Firefox 1.5. Also, the book has been expanded to cover the interaction of CSS and images and now includes more recipes for beginning CSS users. The explanation that accompanies each recipe enables you to customize the formatting for your specific needs. With topics that range from basic web typography and page layout to techniques for formatting lists, forms, and tables, this book is a must-have companion, regardless of your experience with Cascading Style Sheets.

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  1. 4.0 out of 5 stars
    it is OK, December 9, 2018
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    Arthur K.

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    I wish there are more examples and more practical descriptions and ideas discussed.
  2. 16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Excellent for bringing HTML Old Timers up to speed with CSS, February 9, 2010
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    Amazon Customer (A quiet suburb outside NYC, USA)

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    I have been designing and building HTML pages since mid-1994 and I am amazed at how much coding has changed in the past 15 years.

    Back then building websites was pretty straight forward, you used tables to create columns and filled them up with text and graphics. Web designs were very basic, fixed width was the norm and there was not much of a difference between the two most popular browsers of the era, Netscape Navigator and Internet Explorer 3.0.

    Starting in the early 2000s, Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) dramatically changed web design and page coding. CSS enabled designers and coders to build more attractive and interesting websites. However, coding pages and then making them work in various browsers – like IE 6, IE 7, IE 8, Mozilla 2.5, Mozilla 3.0 and Chrome – became far more challenging than just laying out tables. Making the learning curve even steeper was the popularity of JavaScript and more recently AJAX, which is the combination of CSS and JavaScript.

    Many “old-time” coders tried to stick with table-based layouts, but it was easy to see that basic HTML would not longer cut it and CSS was the way to go. I stopped using tables and educated myself on how to use CSS.

    In the early 2000s, I purchased several CSS books, including the first edition of CSS Cookbook. That book turned out to be the most useful because O’Reilly’s “Cookbook ” format is based on question and answer rather than the other CSS books, which focused on basic tutorials.

    With the CSS Cookbook, I was able to look up “How to build a two column page,” which would provide me with sample code as opposed to going through a basic CSS tutorial. I was able to learn quickly.

    I was happy to discover that the third edition of CSS Cookbook has come up and it has been completely updated with how to create rounded corners with JavaScript and using Lightbox to display images as well as a chapter on how to use JQuery. It will also provide you with the basic CSS instructions on how to make one, two and three column layouts and how to set up floats.

    If you are new to CSS, you should consider buying another CSS book, but if you know basic HTML and CSS and want to bring your skills up to the next level, I highly recommend reading this book.

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