Eric Meyer on CSS: Mastering the Language of Web Design
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About the AuthorAbout the Author Eric A. Meyer has been working with the Web since late 1993. He is currently employed as a Standards Evangelist with Netscape Communications and lives in Cleveland, Ohio, which is a much nicer city than you've been led to believe. A graduate of and former Webmaster for Case Western Reserve University, Eric is also an Invited Expert with the W3C CSS&FP Working Group and coordinated the authoring and creation of the W3C's CSS1 Test Suite. He often speaks at conferences on the subjects of CSS, Web design, Web standards, Web browsers, and how they all go together. He is the host of "Your Father's Oldsmobile," a weekly big band¿era radio show heard on WRUW 91.1FM in Cleveland. When not otherwise busy, Eric is usually bothering his wife, Kat, in some fashion. About the Technical Reviewers These reviewers contributed their considerable hands-on expertise to the entire development process for Eric Meyer on CSS: Mastering the Language of Web Design. As the book was being written, these dedicated professionals reviewed all the material for technical content, organization, and flow. Their feedback was critical to ensuring that this book fits our reader's need for the highest-quality technical information. Molly E. Holzschlag With over 20 Web development books to her credit, Molly is also a popular columnist and feature writer for such diverse publications as Macworld, PC Magazine, IBM developerWorks, and Builder.com. She is an engaging speaker and teacher, appearing regularly at such conferences as Comdex, Internet World, and Web Builder. As a steering committee member for the Web Standards Project (WaSP), Molly works with a group of other dedicated Web developers and designers to promote W3C recommendations. Currently, she is serving as the Associate Editor for Digital Web Magazine. Molly also acts as an advisory board committee member to numerous organizations, including the World Organization of Webmasters. Tobias Horvath has been involved with Web technologies since 1995, when he was just 12 years old. Growing up in the early stages of the Internet, he made his journey to become a Macintosh enthusiast. During the day, he is trying to be a student in Essen, Germany, where he lives. You can find his personal website at www.tobyx.com. © Copyright Pearson Education. All rights reserved.
There are several other books on the market that serve as in-depth technical guides or reference books for CSS. None, however, take a more hands-on approach and use practical examples to teach readers how to solve the problems they face in designing with CSS - until now. Eric Meyer provides a variety of carefully crafted projects that teach how to use CSS and why particular methods were chosen. The web site includes all of the files needed to complete the tutorials in the book. In addition, bonus information is be posted.
29 of 29 people found the following review helpful
This review is from: Eric Meyer on CSS: Mastering the Language of Web Design (Paperback)I've read one of Eric Meyer's other books about CSS (Cascading Style Sheets - The Definitive Guide) and loved it for its informative style and still use it occasionally as a reference. His latest book takes a different approach, not a reference book but more one that takes information about CSS and applies it here to real life examples, which makes it much easier for the average CSS author to learn and see how the CSS styles shown relate to what is being done on the site it affects. The book consists of 13 chapters or "projects," ranging from converting an existing page to CSS, to styling a press release or events calendar, to even creating your own online greeting card. There's a companion web site, which lets you download the files to be used with each project.
The book is wonderfully laid-out with lots of gorgeous color drawings and figures, which aid the reader in understanding each change. The step by step instructions are easy to follow and with each CSS code change... Read more
32 of 33 people found the following review helpful
Makes CSS make sense,
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This review is from: Eric Meyer on CSS: Mastering the Language of Web Design (Paperback)Unlike most of the CSS books floating around out there currently, "Eric Meyer on CSS" gives you practical projects to work through, and apply CSS to, talking you through the whys and wherefores all the way. It takes you all the way from transforming an existing HTML table-based layout into a more streamlined structure using CSS, all the way up to bleeding edge design concepts that will be more and more feasible as the browsers catch up to web standards.
I would not recommend this book to someone who has absolutely no experience or knowledge of CSS (maybe check out the tutorials in your HTML editor, or look at some of the online tutorials at Webmonkey.com before diving into this book).
And, for intermediate users (you've been using stylesheets for awhile, maybe just to handle typography), I'd recommend also getting Eric Meyer's "Cascading Style Sheets: The Definitive Guide" for a more in-depth study of the CSS specs, though you can make it through most of the... Read more
37 of 39 people found the following review helpful
OK but perhaps it is just the best of a bad lot,
This review is from: Eric Meyer on CSS: Mastering the Language of Web Design (Paperback)Like many others, I bought the book based on on-line raves. I thought it was great at first but now the blush is off the rose. The book IS a more informative and user-friendly intro to CSS than the others I have (many are "look what I made, mommy" books by designers...nice visuals but not the best learning tool). Some of the lessons were a struggle so, fortunately, there were the free tutorials from w3schools.com to help with the rough spots.....never thought of myself as a slow learner until now.
Then, just when you think CSS will answer all your prayers, you get seriously gored by the infamous NN4 incompatibilities and then IE problems crop up.
What this and every other book lacks is a decent chart reference which shows browser incompatibilities like the great cheat sheet programming cards from visibone.com BUT, I shouldn't have to buy this kind of critical tool, it oughta be a pullout or be in the appendix.
Until a better book comes out, prospective buyers... Read more
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Praise For Eric Meyer on CSS: Mastering the Language of Web Design
Willamsburg Macromedia User Group
To put it simply, this is an amazing book by an even more amazing author. The foreword expresses my feelings that everyone needs their own personal Eric Meyer to call upon, but this book makes a close second...Eric Meyer's use of all aspects of CSS will certainly teach you things you have not known before. I learned several constructs that I never knew I could do before seeing them in use in the book. I also appreciated his presentation of print stylesheets; something I have only seen mentioned briefly in other places. A great book, well worth reading.
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Online Sample Chapters
Table of Contents
PROJECT 1 Converting an Existing Page.
PROJECT 2 Styling a Press Release.
PROJECT 3 Styling an Events Calendar.
PROJECT 4 Bringing Hyperlinks to Life.
PROJECT 5 How to Skin a Menu.
PROJECT 6 Styling for Print.
PROJECT 7 Making an Input Form Look Good.
PROJECT 8 Creating an Online Greeting Card.
PROJECT 9 Multicolumn Layout.
PROJECT 10 Sneaking Out of the Box.
PROJECT 11 positioning a better design.
PROJECT 12 Fixing Your Backgrounds.
PROJECT 13 Eric Meyer on CSS in CSS.
Downloadable Sample Chapter
Chapter 4: Bringing Hyperlinks to Life (PDF) - 3.38MB- 073571245c.pdf
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