Sebastopol, CA--"You can't design a fantastic looking web site that works well and downloads quickly without understanding Cascading Style Sheets--the formatting language used to make boring HTML look fantastic." So says David Sawyer McFarland, the bestselling author of the latest release in O'Reilly's Missing Manuals series--CSS: The Missing Manual (O'Reilly, US $34.99). In the new book, McFarland, a master designer and power user, shows readers how to create stylishly enticing Web pages.
The new Missing Manual takes the frustration out of learning to navigate the ins-and-outs of CSS and gives designers precision control over their web pages' appearance. Created for serious hobbyists, aspiring designers, and pros, it features dozens of clearly presented, hands-on tutorials and real-world exercises. McFarland (author of Dreamweaver 8: The Missing Manual) shows readers how to format text and images, style web forms, build navigation bars, precisely control the layout of Web pages, overcome browser bugs, and, most important, create fast loading and easily maintained web sites.
Anything that can do all that must be pretty complicated, right? "Au contraire," writes McFarland. "The purpose of CSS is to streamline the process of styling Web pages." In fact, after a brief overview of CSS basics, readers start creating their first Web page right away. Best of all, the user-friendly companion tutorial web site--www.sawmac.com/css--with over 100 pages of online, step-by-step tutorials makes learning CSS even easier.
With humor and an engaging style, McFarland shows readers how to:
You can count on McFarland to demystify the details and design concepts unique to CSS as well as provide the invaluable tips and tricks needed to make Web pages work in today's Web browsers. Savvy web designers are sure to keep this book within arm's reach and refer to it again and again.
CSS: The Missing Manual
David Sawyer McFarland
ISBN: 0-596-52687-3, 494 pages, US $34.99
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