Appendix C. CSS Resources

Unfortunately, one book can’t answer all of your CSS questions. (We did try, however.) Thankfully, there are many CSS resources available for both the beginning and expert Web designer. Below you’ll find resources to help you with general CSS concepts as well as resources to help with specific CSS tasks such as building a navigation bar or laying out a Web page.


References that cover CSS properties range from the official to the obscure. There are Web sites and online tutorials, of course, but you don’t have to be on the Web to learn about CSS. Some of these guides come on good old-fashioned paper.

World Wide Web Consortium (W3C)

  • CSS 2.1 Specification: For the official word, go to the source—the W3C—and read the actual set of rules that make up the most widely supported version of CSS, version 2.1.

  • CSS 3 Current Work: If you want to take a look at what the future holds, check out the current work being done on the CSS 3 specification. It promises some very major enhancements to CSS. Just note that it’s probably going to take a few years before these innovations are finalized and even longer before Web browsers understand them. But it’s fun to dream.

Books and PDFs

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