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The Book of CSS3: A No-Nonsense Guide to the Latest CSS Standard--New from No Starch Press

The Book of CSS3

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San Francisco, CA, May 3, 2011—From the simplest blog layout to the most feature-rich web portal, CSS3 (Cascading Style Sheets Level 3) is the technology behind many of the modern Web's eye-catching visuals. Yet because the CSS3 standard is still in flux, many web designers aren't aware that a lot of its features are already widely supported and ready to use.

In The Book of CSS3 (No Starch Press, May 2011, 304 pp., $34.95, ISBN 9781593272869) Peter Gasston, a longtime writer for, the Web's premier CSS3 destination, shows readers how to transform ordinary markup into stunning, richly styled web pages fit for any browser. Rather than starting from scratch, Gasston focuses on the groundbreaking new possibilities that CSS3 brings to web design. Readers learn about the amazing tools CSS3 already puts at their disposal, like multi-column layouts, text and box effects, and even animation in 2D and 3D space.

"The Book of CSS3 doesn't waste time teaching the basics," said Gasston. "It's for experienced developers who want to build on their existing knowledge. It gets right to the good stuff, so you can put it to work on your own sites today. And the companion website offers up-to-date browser compatibility charts and live CSS3 samples for you to explore, so you can actually see the book's examples in action as you read."

Readers master the latest cutting-edge CSS3 features, such as how to:

  • Stylize text with fully customizable outlines, drop shadows, and similar effects
  • Create, position, and resize background images on the fly
  • Spice up static web pages with event-driven transitions and animations
  • Apply 2D and 3D transformations to text and images
  • Use linear and radial gradients to create smooth color transitions
  • Tailor a website to improve its appearance on smartphones, tablets, and similar devices

Experienced developers looking to harness the future of web design need look no further than The Book of CSS3.

For more information or to request a review copy of The Book of CSS3, contact Travis Peterson at No Starch Press (, +1.415.863.9900, x100), or visit

About the Author

Peter Gasston has been a web developer for over 10 years in both agency and corporate settings. He was one of the original contributors to, the leading online destination for CSS3. Peter has been published in the UK's .net magazine, gives talks about CSS and web technologies at developer conferences, and runs the web development blog Broken Links. He lives in London, England.

Additional Resources
Chapter 6: "Text Effects and Typographic Styles" (PDF)
The Book of CSS3 Companion Website
Table of Contents
Detailed Table of Contents (PDF)
Index (PDF)
Catalog Page

The Book of CSS3 The Book of CSS3
Publisher: No Starch Press
By Peter Gasston
ISBN 9781593272869, $34.95 USD  
May 2011, 304 pp.

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