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The Ultimate CSS Reference


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The Ultimate CSS Reference


Almost every web site created today is built using CSS, which is why a thorough knowledge of this technology is mandatory for every web designer. There are plenty of good resources to help you learn the basics, but if you’re ready to truly master the intricacies of CSS, this is the book you need.

About this Title

Pages: 440
Published: 2008-02-01
ISBN: 978-0-9802-8585-7

The Ultimate CSS Reference is the definitive resource for mastering CSS. The entire language is clearly and concisely covered, along with browser compatibility details, working examples, and easy-to-read descriptions.

Authored by two of the world’s most renowned CSS experts, this is a comprehensive reference that you’ll come back to time and time again.

This book is perfect for anyone looking for an in-depth, accurate, and beautifully presented CSS reference. You won’t find a more up-to-date CSS reference that includes browser compatibility information, working examples and easy-to-read descriptions. The Ultimate CSS Reference contains all the CSS knowledge you’ll ever need and presents it to you in style.

Contents & Extracts

  • General Syntax and Nomenclature
  • At-rules Reference
  • Selector Reference
  • The Cascade, Specificity, and Inheritance
  • CSS Layout and Formatting
  • Box Properties
  • Layout Properties
  • List Properties
  • Table Properties
  • Color and Backgrounds
  • Typographical Properties
  • Generated Content
  • User Interface Properties
  • Paged Media Properties
  • Vendor-specific Properties
  • Workarounds, Filters, and Hacks
  • Differences Between HTML and XHTML


Tommy has been designing web sites and intranets since writing his first line of HTML in 1993. Employed as a Technical Webmaster/Software Developer at a Swedish public agency, Tommy Olsson is a pragmatic evangelist for web standards and accessibility.

Paul is a freelance web designer specializing in CSS layouts. He entered the world of web design back in 1998, and what started as a hobby soon became a full-time occupation. You’ll often find Paul giving advice in the SitePoint forums, where he has racked up nearly 20,000 posts — all of them CSS-related.