The Art & Science of CSS, Cameron Adams, et. al. Published by sitepoint, ISBN 0–9758419–7–1
This is really another amazing book from sitepoint which has been putting out a great line of web design/standards/crafting books. I loved The Principles of Beautiful Web Design (review here) and James has spoken very highly of HTML Utopia: Designing Without Tables Using CSS. This book seems to follow right along the same bent: concise, well-written content at exactly the right level of detail to convey the point the authors are working on at the moment.
Art & Science won’t teach you the fundamentals of flow, divs, spans, or even CSS basics like classes and IDs; however, the progress through the book is so well-paced and clear that you’ll be able to fill in any gaps in your knowledge as you read along.
The book has seven chapters, each on a specific aspect of CSS such as Headings, Images, or Navigation. The chapters lay out basic premises of the topic, such as how you want to think about your headings as part of a page/site’s branding and impact, then move on to details of creating and implementing a beautiful design. Each chapter makes its points in small, incremental steps such as starting off with basic vertical navigation, progressing to more advanced horizontal such as navigation with hover/current location changes, then finishes up with advanced concepts like matrixing menu images so you can show complex combinations simply by dealing with positioning.
All of this is accomplished in a style and depth of content that’s applicable to folks with rudimentary design/CSS skills (i.e. yours truely) as well as accomplished web designers. What really amazes me is that the authors hit such a broad audience (and did it well!), covered a broad range of topics in detail, and pulled it all off in just over 200 pages. (And those pages, by the way, are glorious full color.)
This is a great book for learning how to deal with CSS in an elegant, well-architected fashion. It’s simply a terrific book if you’re doing anything at all with CSS.
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