CSS: The Definitive Guide 3/e

Reviewed by Major Keary

Eric Meyer is an acknowledged expert on Cascading Style Sheets (CSS), as well as other aspects of web technology. His definitive guide was first published in 2000 and is in its third edition, which covers CSS2 and CSS2.1. Readers are assumed to have "a decent knowledge of HTML 4.0", but—in my opinion—should have a reasonable level of familiarity with web technologies at large.

This is not a hand-holding introduction to creating web pages; it is, as the title says, a definitive guide that covers a particular aspect of web technology, CSS, comprehensively and in depth. It is not something to be read and put aside, but is an ongoing reference that any serious CSS user will want to keep close at hand. The information is well presented: excellent typographic design; clear, jargon-free language; and good supporting illustrations. The concise, boxed descriptions of properties—such as letter-spacing—are a useful and valuable aid, as are the appendices that tabulate properties and selectors. The content is very well organised, making any particular topic easy to find. For a compete treatment of CSS this is one of the most professional texts I have seen.

Eric Meyer : CSS: The Definitive Guide 3/e
ISBN 978-0-596-52733-4
Published by O'Reilly, 518 pp., RRP AU$ 72.95

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