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The Art and Science of CSS

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The Art and Science of CSS, 9780975841976 (0975841971), SitePoint Pty Ltd, 2007
In the early days of CSS, many web designers associated it with boring, square boxes and thin borders. “CSS is ugly!” they would cry. It took projects such as CSS Edge1 and CSS Zen Garden2 to show the web design world that not only could CSS designs achieve the same aesthetic qualities of their table-based ancestors, but, furthermore, that new and interesting design possibilities were available. Not to mention how much more maintainable the markup is—imagine how very, very happy you’ll be if you never again have to stare down the barrel of another day’s worth of table hacking!

Each chapter of this book will teach you how to style common web site components through practical examples. Along the way, you’ll learn many handy techniques for bringing complex designs to life in all modern browsers without needing to resort to messy hacks or superfluous presentational markup. Neither accessibility nor markup quality should be sacrificed to make tricky designs easier to achieve, so the exercises you’ll find in this book all use examples of best practice XHTML and CSS. Each chapter progressively builds upon the skills you’ll have acquired in previous exercises, giving you a practical toolkit of skills with which to express your own creative ideas.

CSS-based design doesn 't need to be boring. The Art & Science of CSS brings together a talented collection of designers who will show you how to take the building blocks of your web site's design (such as headings, navigation, forms, and more) and bring them to life with fully standards-compliant CSS. This full color book helps you to design web sites that not only work well across all browsers, are easy to maintain, and are highly accessible, but are also visually stunning.

  • Create truly attention-grabbing headings.
  • Discover multiple ways to present images effectively.
  • Use background images to give your site zest.
  • Build usable and attractive navigation.
  • Design forms that are stylish and functional.
  • Learn how to break away from the square box clich ©.
  • Create funky tables.
  • And lots more
  • (HTML tags aren't allowed.)

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