Synopses & Reviews
CSS is finally supported by all modern web browsers, empowering Web designers to do what they've been hungering to do for years: control layout more precisely, use color more effectively, and expand typographic options beyond the frustrating limitations of the past. So where to begin? Where can you get design-focused instruction on CSS while learning the technical details?
Cascading Style Sheets: The Designer's Edge is precisely the resource you’ve been looking for. Written by renowned web designer Molly Holzschlag, this book begins with an in-depth look at structured markup, both XHTML and CSS. It then explains how to use CSS to achieve specific design goals involving typography, color, layout, and more. Finally, it deconstructs a series of impressive designs, showing you how the authors used CSS to maximize their efficiency and get exactly the right effect.
Key topics you’ll learn about include:
- Writing valid XHTML
- Authoring effective CSS rules
- Working with classes and IDs
- Validating your CSS
- Creating great typographical designs with CSS
- Using CSS for backgrounds, borders, and color
- Creating multiple link styles
- Using absolute positioning
- Working with relative positioning
- Positioning with float
- Creating great CSS layouts
This full-color guide to both the technical and aesthetic implications of CSSwill give designers an edge in the competitive design market.
Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) offer web designers precise control and instantaneous updates of their sites' layout, fonts, backgrounds, and other effects. This powerful technology is rapidly gaining widespread adoption. Our full-color book combines a thorough discussion of the technical aspects of CSS with an in-depth look at CSS' design implications.
About the Author
Molly E. Holzschlag was named a "Top 25 Most Influential Women on the Web" in 1998 and has authored more than 20 web design and development books. She is a Web Standard Project board member and frequent speaker at such trade shows as Comdex, Internet World, CMP's WEB Shows, and Web Builder.
Table of Contents
Part One: TECHNOLOGY.
One: Understanding Structured Markup.
Two: Learning CSS Theory.
Three: Writing CSS.
Part Two: DESIGN.
Four: CSS Typography.
Five: Color, Backgrounds, and Borders.
Six: Working with CSS Layouts.
Part Three: VISION.
Seven: Reconstructing a Table-Based Site.
Eight: CSS Design Gallery.
Nine: Wired News: A Visual Tour.