- Taschenbuch: 384 Seiten
- Verlag: New Riders Publ; Auflage: 01 (2. Oktober 2002)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 0735712638
- ISBN-13: 978-0735712638
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 18,7 x 1,9 x 23,4 cm
- Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 1 Kundenrezension
- Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 2.244.102 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)
Designing CSS Web Pages (Voices That Matter) (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 2. Oktober 2002
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Go beyond the mechanics of CSS to how to think in the language of web design, and avoid the common pitfalls. Full of examples and deconstruction's to aid in understanding CSS and its application. The ability to use of Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) is fast becoming a vital tool in the web professional's toolkit. But understanding how to use CSS is not intuitive--it requires a new way of thinking when it comes to building web pages. This book encourages web designers to look at the perceived limitations of the web as a new challenge to their design skills--without relying on HTML for presentation of pages. The overall theme is to instruct readers to build pages by using relative design techniques: understanding the relationship within the dynamic space of the web rather than the fixed-design "old-school" notions that have been in use for so long. The web site will include all of the files needed for the exercises and additional information of interest to web professionals including, but not limited to, recommended readings (suggested books, web sites and online articles), full-length interviews and a listing of CSS tools. www.christopher.org
Über den Autor und weitere Mitwirkende
Christopher Schmitt, project manager and idea generator for the new media publishing company, Heatvision.com, Inc., has been a web designer and developer since 1993. He interned for both David Siegel and Lynda Weinman in the mid-90s. He has written several site reviews, interviews, and articles for print and online publications and managed a web magazine dedicated to excellence in site design (www.highfive.com). He addressed the problem of web safe colors for designers by creating and producing the Web Design Pad, that was widely sold throughout the US and abroad. He contributed four chapters to the recently published XML, HTML, XHTML Magic (0735711399) by Molly E. Holzschlag.
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The second part of the book is dedicated to the "language" CSS itself. It focuses especially on things we may want to code for the web like two- or three-column-layouts. At the end of this part the book gets rather difficult to read and understand when the author deals with CSS for DynamicHTML.
The third part deals with CSS for print and audio presentation and CSS with PNG and SVG.
The fourth part of the book gives us some interesting examples for webpages using CSS.
The book is very good to read and full of very useful information.
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In reading other reviews, where people complained about errors, I didn't run into this problem. I guess that's because of the way I use books. I simply took the code that Mr. Schmitt has in the book, downloaded the great examples on the book's site, and played with the code enough to gain a solid understanding of the principles that he presented.
Coupling the book's topics with other info readily available on the web and via CSS mailing lists, creating sites with CSS has been (for the most part) a pain-free experience.
My advice? I definitely recommend this book. Just take it with a grain of salt (like any other book or product) and do all you can to get the most out of it. The author definitely knows his stuff, so overall, you can't go wrong.
What was cool about the book is that it immediately got me coding, designing a CSS update to my website. What was uncool was that as soon as I started to branch out and explore new coding ideas, I found it very difficult to find out where I was going wrong when problems occurred. So now I'm shopping for more books!
Again, though, an excellent overview and a very good stimulus for coding on your own.
Sometimes this takes the form of skimming over the topic. CSS layouts, while they get 45 or so pages, really require more depth -- especially around real world multi-column layouts. This topic (where, in fairness, the expert knowledge is still being developed) could fill an entire book by itself! And yet, multi-column layouts get less than 30 pages in total.
Another form of short shrift comes in the Formatting Exercises, Appendix A. This could have been a brilliant section of the book. When I started reading it I thought, This could save the book for me. The concept, of changing things slowly, so you see what a particular change will do, is terrific. Alas, too many of the 50 examples are so trivially different from each other that it's not worth having taken the space.
Again, this is not a bad book. It makes a fine addition to a web developer's CSS reference collection -- *after* you get Zeldman's Designing With Web Standards, and Eric Meyer's CSS: The Definitive Guide. (And maybe Meyer's other CSS books, too.)