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Keywords: CSS, web design, HTML
Title: CSS Cookbook
Author: Christopher Schmitt
Verdict: Highly recommended
Presentation technologies, like CSS, lend themselves perfectly to the cookbook approach. Being both concise and easily adapted, snippets of CSS code make for ideal recipes that can be picked up and used quickly by web designers and developers. This makes for a relatively slim volume (270 pages), that has high informational content and little in the way of padding or extraneous material.
The recipes fall into 10 categories (chapters), covering typography, page elements, links and navigation, lists, forms, tables, page layouts, printing, hacks and workarounds and a chapter on designing with CSS. In all there are 89 different recipes spread across the 10 chapters. Each recipe starts with a statement of the problem (Centering Elements on a Web Page, for example), then follows with a solution and a discussion and ending with further pointers to other recipes or web-based material. Furthermore each recipe is usually illustrated with screen-shots.
The level of the recipes is well-pitched, and even a reader with little prior experience of CSS is bound to get some good use from the book. It makes for an excellent companion to Eric Meyer's 'Cascading Style Sheets - The Definitive Guide'. In fact it makes for an excellent companion to just about any introduction to CSS. Highly recommended.