Monday, December 1, 2008

We review two books that’ll help you create Web sites


By Joe Dolittle

In this all-new book review shootout, we put two books to the test. Read on to learn how Everything You Know About CSS is Wrong! by Rachel Andrew and Kevin Yank, and The Ultimate HTML Reference by Ian Lloyd stand up to our editorial review.

Everything You Know About CSS is Wrong!

Get ready to experience an eye-opening expose on CSS as you know it today. You'll discover a fresh approach to coding Cascading Style Sheets, making old hacks and workarounds a distant memory.

In this book, you'll learn how to start taking full advantage of Internet Explorer 8 using the very latest CSS techniques - whilst still catering for those nasty old browsers. You'll unearth what's put the final nail in the HTML table-based layout coffin, and gain an understanding from two experts why CSS has a very bright future.

Some of the valuable insights in this book include:

  • how you can take full advantage of IE8
  • how to take CSS tables to the limit and beyond
  • letting you say goodbye to old hacks and workarounds FOREVER!
  • help you rediscover what you first loved about CSS
  • ensure make the most of what CSS has to offer
  • understand the road ahead for CSS

CSS was conceived in an age when Web site design was simple; its creators never anticipated the level of intricacy required in the designs that it would be asked to deliver today. Clever designers figured out ways to make CSS do what they needed, but using techniques so convoluted that it became unpredictable and difficult to master.

Connected Photographer's evaluation

Just so you know, I hate CSS. I'm convinced CSS was created simply as a way to get back at geeks and make us insane. So, factor that in when you read my comments on this book. I believe everything you know about CSS is wrong, simply because there's nothing quite right about CSS. But, that said, this is an interesting book, showcasing some interesting techniques for CSS development. There are some issues about whether it's more important to be true to the CSS design definition or make sure your Web site can display correctly in all popular browsers, but this book is definitely worth a read.

It's not a must on every bookshelf, like the next book, but it's worth reading.

Everything You Know About CSS is Wrong! by Rachel Andrew and Kevin Yank, published by SitePoint, is 116 pages and has a retail price of $29.95. We give Everything You Know About CSS is Wrong! a rating of 3 out of 5.