The Art and Science of CSS

The Art and Science of CSS


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CSS-based design doesn't need to be boring. The Art & Science of CSS brings together a talented collection of designers who will show you how to take the building blocks of your web site's design (such as headings, navigation, forms, and more) and bring them to life with fully standards-compliant CSS.

This full color book helps you to design web sites that not only work well across all browsers, are easy to maintain, and are highly accessible, but are also visually stunning.

  • Create truly attention-grabbing headings.
  • Discover multiple ways to present images effectively.
  • Use background images to give your site zest.
  • Build usable and attractive navigation.
  • Design forms that are stylish and functional.
  • Learn how to break away from the square box gclich.
  • Create funky tables.
  • And lots more

From the Publisher

Jonathan Snook, Steve Smith, Jina Bolton, Cameron Adams, and David Johnson, five of the biggest names in CSS design have joined forces to bring you The Art & Science Of CSS.

Beautifully presented in full color, this book will teach you how to apply innovative CSS-based techniques to create visually stunning headings, forms, menus, navigation, backgrounds, and much more...

Using The Art & Science Of CSS, you'll see just how easy it is to unleash your creative talents and design inspirational web sites with CSS.

All designs in this book are visually appealing and inspiring. The CSS code used to create each of the components is included and guaranteed to be simple, efficient and cross-browser compatible.

Among its many treasures, this book will show you how to:

  • Format calendars, menus and table of contents using CSS
  • Create horizontal, vertical and tab-based navigation systems using CSS
  • Create rounded corners using CSS
  • Design stylish Website headings
  • Put together funky & artistic Website backgrounds
  • Use CSS to render blockquotes, dates and lists in a visually appealing manner
All designs in this book are visually appealing and inspiring. The code CSS code used to create each of the components is provided and is guaranteed to be simple, efficient and cross-browser compatible.

Who Should Read This Book?

This book is ideal for anyone who wants to gain the practical skills involved in using CSS to make attractive web sites, especially if you're not the type who likes to learn by memorizing a formal specification and then trying to work out which browsers implemented it completely (does anyone enjoy reading specifications?). The only knowledge you'll need to have is some familiarity with HTML. This book will give designers the skills they need to implement their ideas, and provides developers with creative inspiration through practical examples.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780975841976
Publisher: SitePoint Pty, Limited
Publication date: 03/15/2007
Pages: 224
Product dimensions: 8.00(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.65(d)

About the Author

Cameron Adams is an author of multiple web development books and is often referred to as a "Web Technologist." In addition to his extensive JavaScript experience, Cameron's passions extend to CSS, PHP, and graphic design.

Jina Bolton lives in Silicon Valley, is a member if the AIGA, has a bachelor of fine arts (with an emphasis on computer arts & graphic design) and currently does web design professionally for a living. She's an active public speaker and co-author of SitePoint's The Art & Science of CSS.

David Johnson is the co-founder and CTO of Nitobi, an Ajax component vendor and consulting firm. He has over eight years experience with Ajax related technologies such as XML, XSL and XMLHttpRequest, and has written articles for journals, magazines, conference papers, and for web publications such as and Andre Charland, co-founder, president and CEO of Nitobi, has been involved in Internet software development for the past eight years and has successfully executed over 100 development projects. He often speaks on Ajax and web usability, and maintains his own blog, Alexei White is a Product Manager for Nitobi' s suite of enterprise Ajax user interface components and has consulted with Fortune 500 companies implementing Ajax Solutions. He has written on Ajax development for, Network World, and IT Solutions Journal, and has been quoted on, Wired Magazine, and in eWeek on topics in Ajax development. Alexei is also the co-founder and developer of SayZu, an Ajax-powered polling and focus grouping service.

Jonathan Snook is a self-professed web geek who's been involved in developing web sites since 1995. With over 6 years of web agency experience, he has brought his talents to projects with clients such as FedEx, Apple, Red Bull, and the Canadian Red Cross.

Jonathan currently works as a freelance web developer out of Ottawa, Ontario, Canada and writes on web development for his site

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