By Richard York

This booklet delivers, and it supplies. i used to be a section skeptical concerning the name, simply because there are such a lot of quick-fix items to be had, few of which truly paintings. even if, CSS immediate effects is right to its identify, supplying strategies numerous universal website design events. not just does this e-book tackle many alternative difficulties, it additionally indicates you many exact methods to take on every one. I specifically loved that every one the resource code got here incorporated on a CD. This was once a welcome swap from the common "download code at this URL" approach.

The writer, Richard York additionally wrote starting CSS for Wrox Publishing, so whilst this man talks approximately CSS, you recognize that he's talking with authority. that means, to be authorized to put in writing one other publication at the similar subject, through an identical writer, displays that one understands greatly approximately that individual topic. His motives are thorough, good written and methodically directly forward.

Here is a run-down of every of the subjects lined: Tab-based navigation, Multi-column layouts, Dynamic drop-down menus (2 approaches), Web-based slideshow, customized borders and rounded corners, Webmail interface, enter kinds, dossier viewer, and Web-based calendar. let me to expound upon what I cherished approximately each one of these chapters.

In the tab-based navigation bankruptcy, he describes how one can do a two-stated heritage roll-over utilizing pictures and CSS. He additionally exhibits tips to create "liquid" tabs, that extend to slot the dimensions of a observe therein. for example, this may let you use an extended word like Employment rather than Jobs, and nonetheless be capable to reuse a similar code and graphics.

In the multi-column format bankruptcy, he describes a number of how you can take on the liquid 3-column structure. This has been affectionately dubbed the Holy Grail by means of internet designers, simply because many have misplaced their lives looking for the best structure (okay, might be now not died, yet shed tears). This was once a good bankruptcy, since it condensed the various concepts noticeable at structure Gala, explaining why a selected procedure works in a given context, and while to exploit each.

He then strikes directly to hide natural CSS drop-down menu tools, with a tip of the hat to Eric Meyer for the unique principles. this does not paintings in IE6, so he indicates the required CSS hacks and JavaScript wizardry on the way to trick IE into compliance. all through this publication, the recognized IE7 JavaScript is used and referenced, initially concieved by way of Dean Edwards. primarily, it forces IE6 to stick to net criteria approximately similar to Firefox, Safari and different solid browsers. it is a disgrace any such repair does not exist for Opera's quirkiness.

I digress. The web-based slideshow bankruptcy is actually cool, and you'll have obvious this in use at quite a few net expertise meetings. primarily, rather than utilizing a proprietary software like PowerPoint or Keynote, it makes use of a full-screen browser view to simulate a slide dependent presentation. comparable implimentation has been performed through Eric Meyer, with a later Ajax-ified model by means of Robert Nyman.

The customized borders and rounded corners subject used to be additionally rather acceptable. we know the trick of getting the ground part of a rounded field in a box, after which giving another within point the head half. York exhibits you the way to have rounded corners in a cross-browser, liquid / versatile structure state of affairs. it is a very convenient and universally re-usable technique.

The final 3 chapters of this ebook care for skinning particular interfaces, modeled loosely after the feel and appear of Mac OSX. He exhibits the best way to emulate or re-create the performance of e-mail customer parts, in general noticeable in Microsoft Outlook or Thunderbird. He additionally makes a per month / every year calendar. What i discovered the best of the entire examples even though, used to be the sneak-peek of his Hierophant undertaking. In his personal words:

"[It is] an open resource PHP-driven framework and content material administration process. In case you are curious, the time period "Hierophant" refers to historical Greek monks, who're acknowledged to have had the facility to make the mysterious or esoteric effortless to appreciate. I selected this identify simply because i needed to put in writing a fancy Hypertext Preprocessor framework that made complicated and infrequently tricky initiatives effortless for the typical user."

While the process isn't but to be had to be used, he does supply away the entire code essential to write the front-end of it. I let you know, simply from having glimpsed on the interface, i cannot wait to determine how the whole lot will end up. It appears to take the performance of a regular working approach, and follow this to shopping one's personal on hand directories and records on-line, through an online browser.

I bet that approximately wraps up this overview. when you are trying to find a few hands-on, sensible code examples for the way to totally harness the flexibility of CSS on your personal upcoming tasks, then placed this in your record of books to think about. In a nutshell, this can be a booklet I want had existed while i used to be first studying CSS.

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The design also allows you to offer alternative style sheets (for instance, different skins and even variations in the physical placement of each column), if the browser provides alternative style sheet functionality. This project uses simple, generic

elements to enclose each column, and a container

that wraps around all of the content (you see what this looks like in the next section). I am avoiding the use of tables for layout, because they don't offer the same flexibility that

elements do, even though I could use tables and face far fewer quirks in Internet Explorer's CSS support.

2007 02:04:47] Using and Modifying this Project 2. html. 3. Remove the references to the third column from the style sheet, and set the right margin of the content

element to 3 pixels instead of 208 pixels. 2007 02:04:47] Using and Modifying this Project } div#footer { border-top: none; } 4. css. 5. css. It should contain the following rules: div#content { position: relative; top: 3px } div#first-column { top: 3px; } div#container { margin-top: -3px; margin-bottom: -3px; } This variation of the design is depicted in Figure 2-4.

The source code and accompanying images of the following approach are available on the book's web site and on the source CD-ROM in the folder "withtext" in the "Project 1" folder. 1. css. 2007 02:04:41] Using and Modifying the Project ul#tabs span { display: block; padding: 4px 10px 0 10px; visibility: hidden; } div#iframe { position: absolute; top: 0; bottom: 0; right: 0; left: 0; margin-top: 50px; border-top: 1px solid black; } iframe { position: absolute; top: 0; bottom: 0; right: 0; left: 0; width: 100%; height: 100%; } 2.

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