Chapter 1. Setting the Foundations

The human race is a naturally inquisitive species. We just love tinkering with things. When I recently bought a new iMac, I had it to bits within seconds, before I'd even read the instruction manual. We enjoy working things out ourselves and creating our own mental models of how we think things behave. We muddle through and only turn to the manual when something goes wrong or defies our expectations.

One of the best ways to learn Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) is to jump right in and start tinkering. In fact, I imagine this is how the majority of you learned to code, by picking things up off blogs, viewing source to see how things worked, and then trying them out on your personal sites. You almost certainly didn't ...

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