Andy Clarke’s Transcending CSS is a book that anyone involved with client-side web development should read.
For web designers who know some code there is plenty of forward thinking material about the importance of semantic HTML; for coders with an eye for design there is lots of food for thought about colour, style and inspiration; for everyone, there are some genuinely innovative tips on using CSS to tie it all together.
The mark of a good book is that you learn something when you read it (Jeffrey Zeldman’s Designing With Web Standards is a good example); I’ve been coding HTML and CSS for eight years and there were still tutorials in here that made me think afresh about the subject, and some tips that I’ve assumed into my arsenal.
Of most interest to readers of this site will be the section on CSS3. Included are a look at some of the new selectors, the background and border modules, multi-column layouts and, most excitingly, a way to see the advanced layout module in action.
There are plenty of examples and exercises, and the book is lavishly laid out and illustrated. That alone would make it a good buy, but the look at CSS3 is what really made it for me.
I’m presuming by the fact that you’re reading this site that you’re interested in the evolution of standards and how web development is moving forward; that being the case, I can wholeheartedly recommend this book to you.
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Thank-you Peter for your kind words. I am really glad that you enjoyed the book.
I have this book, I bought it last week and I have to to say it is a work of art. Being a designer and a programmer this book helps me meld the two together in a straight forward kind of way. I love the asspect of using headings then lists inside of them. The SEO of these techniques i yet to try. If you are a beginner or advanced this book is for the young and the old..
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CSS started with eye-openers Christopher Schmitt, Jeffrey Zeldman and Eric Meyer for me. Later on Dan Cederholm, Cameron Moll and Andy Budd were welcome additions to my bookcase. However, Andy Clarke’s book is a new milestone – especially the fresh way of thinking that is carried throughout the book that is inspiring.
Thanks a lot for the book suggestion, i really think i’ll get it. I’ve been trying to learn for quite a while on the web, and it’s going quite well, but there is nothing like reading a book (for me). I just feel more comfortable having it there, reading it at night and trying it the next morning! I won’t eat it in a day, but with 1-2 months, i’m sure i’ll make great progress with html, but especially with css which has been a problem to me! I’ll go take a look on amazon right now! :)
I was very lucky to meet Andy when he spoke at my university after publishing this book. He was a very inspiring speaker, and I was fortunate to receive a copy of his book from him as a gift. It is great for anyone wanting to increase their design skills and understand CSS better, without being an overly technical book. Its filled with clear illustrations and inspiring photography.
The book now lives on the shelves at Harmony, and has provoked interesting and useful discussions on all manner of points.