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CSS: The Definitive Guide, Third Edition

Simply put, Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) is a way to separate a document's structure from its presentation. The benefits of this can be quite profound: CSS allows a much richer document appearance than HTML; CSS saves time—you can create or change the appearance of an entire document in just one place; and its compact file size makes web pages load quickly. Eric Meyer, a past member of the CSS&FP Working Group and an internationally known expert on HTML and CSS, tackles the subject with passion and delivers a comprehensive and thorough update to his groundbreaking book.

All readers will benefit from both the depth and breadth of his experience and his clear and honest style. Cascading Style Sheets: The Definitive Guide, 3rd Edition is a thorough review of all aspects of CSS2.1 and a comprehensive guide to CSS implementation. The book includes content on positioning, lists and generated content, table layout, user interface, paged media, and more. It explores in detail each individual CSS property and how it interacts with other properties, and shows how to avoid common mistakes in interpretation.

Where To Order

If you prefer to hold a book in your hands before deciding to buy it, some chains like Borders are carrying the title (as they do most O'Reilly books). You could also try ordering it through your local neighborhood bookstore, which would no doubt appreciate the patronage. You might have to wait a few days for it to come in, but it's a small price to pay for supporting community merchants.

Changes From the Second Edition

Table of Contents

  1. CSS and Documents
  2. Selectors
  3. Structure and the Cascade
  4. Values and Units
  5. Fonts
  6. Text Properties
  7. Basic Visual Formatting
  8. Padding, Borders, and Margins
  9. Colors and Backgrounds
  10. Floating and Positioning
  11. Table Layout
  12. Lists and Generated Content
  13. User Interface Styles
  14. Non-Screen Media
  1. Property Reference
  2. Selector, Pseudo-Class, and Pseudo-Element Reference
  3. Sample HTML 4 Style Sheet

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