A new book by Charles Wyke-Smith was brought to me by our Pearson Publisher Representative Angie Smajstria last week, and it turns out to be a jewel. Even Jeffrey Zeldman praised the book in this weeks post! There have been a lot of new books on CSS and many are much better than previous books that were either too technical, or simply did not provide practical experiences with CSS. Two recent books that are very useful to learners and more experienced designers are Dan Cederholm’s “Web Standards Solutions: The Markup and Style Handbook”, and Dave Shea and Molly Holzschylag’s “The Zen of CSS design”.
Stylin’ is written for designers and covers the basics of CSS very well, but also deals with more difficult areas of page layout, including two and three column layouts, use of float and clear and the various methods of applying those properties, creating full-length columns, working with backgrounds in layouts and an excellent section on understanding the various options for creating CSS based menus. The choices are getting much stronger, and there are still several new titles that will be out soon, including another one from Dan Cederholm.