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Cascading Style Sheets can turn humdrum websites into highly-functional, professional-looking destinations, but many designers merely treat CSS as window-dressing to spruce up their site's appearance. You can tap into the real power of this tool with CSS: The Missing Manual. This second edition combines crystal-clear explanations, real-world examples, and dozens of step-by-step tutorials to show you how to design sites with CSS that work consistently across browsers. Witty and entertaining, this second edition gives you up-to-the-minute pro techniques. You'll learn how to:

  • Create HTML that's simpler, uses less code, is search-engine friendly, and works well with CSS

  • Style text by changing fonts, colors, font sizes, and adding borders

  • Turn simple HTML links into complex and attractive navigation bars -- complete with rollover effects

  • Create effective photo galleries and special effects, including drop shadows

  • Get up to speed on CSS 3 properties that work in the latest browser versions

  • Build complex layouts using CSS, including multi-column designs

  • Style web pages for printing

With CSS: The Missing Manual, Second Edition, you'll find all-new online tutorial pages, expanded CSS 3 coverage, and broad support for Firebox, Safari, and other major web browsers, including Internet Explorer 8. Learn how to use CSS effectively to build new websites, or refurbish old sites that are due for an upgrade.

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Average Rating: 4.695652173913044 out of 5 rating Based on 23 Ratings

"Indeed a missing manual for CSS. Thank you !" - by SB on 26-OCT-2012
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Did not even realize CSS had so much power. The book is simply amazing that takes you from simple techniques to more advanced topics with chapter by chapter approach. The samples provided were also really useful and the approach to make you work on the samples to see for yourself how you modify a simple HTML page into stylish one is really cool. The reason I gave 4 star is that the publisher doesn't provide you the option to download / print chapters with your safari download tokens.
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"Excellent examples" - by Anonymous on 21-JUN-2012
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Some of the browser references are dated because of the date of the book. I don't think too many site designers care about IE 6 anymore. Having said that the examples are superb and description are clear and easily understandable.
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"Excellent book - Covers all areas very well" - by wiseguy12851 on 06-AUG-2011
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This book will start off by teaching the very basics such as linking CSS styles and what classes & ID's are... etc... then get more complex covering all the different CSS properties. With each property it proves invaluable tips & tricks, some I've never seen anywhere else, as well as CSS design tips like "CSS tables" instead of traditional tables. It also explains in more detail than other books I've read how to go about positioning content and when positioning is appropriate. Throughout are countless time saving tricks and tips for the vast array of Internet Explorer browsers from IE6 up to IE8. ----- This is a must read for anyone
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"bravo!" - by Doug FL on 21-MAR-2011
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Fantastic book that instills in the reader the basics of CSS while making sure include some very powerful uses of CSS.  So important for "regular" developers to know about CSS because it changes the way you program! And, for me, I thought I knew CSS - but didn't know enough and that is more dangerous than knowing nothing.  It's a great read compared to other css / programming books.  
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