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Hi, I'm just beginning to learn CSS and would like a book that takes me through the very, very basic theory and use to as far as it can. I am a technology integration teacher, so I know a bit about computers, but CSS is completely new to me.

I only know what I have picked up through trial and error. I am a big fan of the "for Dummies" books, but the reviews of "css for dummies" seem quite derogatory. If anyone could recommend a VERY BASIC level beginners book for CSS I would be very appreciative.

Once I get the basics, I usually run with it very quickly.

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I like this question!

Beginning CSS Web Development : From Novice to Professional

Author = Simon Collison

This is my favorite. It's in 2 halves, the first of which explains all the ins and outs of CSS and the second goes through CSS layouts!!

I seriously recommend it Laughing out loud

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I reccomend

CSS : The Missing Manual by David Sawyer McFarland

It's got a good sturdy selection of standards based CSS and recipes that you'll really use.

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Although its not only CSS

Although its not only CSS and mightn't be useful for you, I'd recommend "Taking your talent to the web"... if i get time I'll check the author. Although the viewpoint is from a designer, and goes into why we do things the way we do. So he starts with images and html type tags, and latter on goes into css code.

And although the book is from 2001, it get rights into css and even puts down tables a lot, so wahey!

Personally, I don't think a book is the best way to start out - but really, its upto everyones personal preference. I mainly poked at code and broke it for a while, then rewrote it, and mostly just do it from scratch now.

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Forget beginner books

I would recommend against getting any book aimed at beginners. They're just not cost effective. CSS is not rocket science, and is easily learned by working through tutorials freely available on line.

There is a place for books, but it's for the more advanced user seeking enlightenment in the arcana and esoterica of css.

I am favorably impressed by the tutorials at html dog. Follow them in order, interleaving the html and css, as they suggest.

When you run into the inevitable problems, bring them to the forum. That's what we hang around for.

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I absolutely dito Gary's

I absolutely dito Gary's remarks, but would go slightly further in saying that I feel that books aimed at beginners are not a good thing, CSS is one of those things that doen't really lend itself to the rigid interpretation that printed words would have to place on things.

All that a book covers can be found in good tutorial sites such as the aforementioned site htmldog - a site exemplary in it's content.

There is a rise in the number of books being published by people on this subject, given that although simple to start with CSS it does have lots of rather tricky areas to contend with, how does one know that the author has the credentials and authority to be writing on the subject, to get things wrong in print on this sort of subject is not a great idea whereas a web site can easily be updated.

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Books are good!

I on the other hand don't agree with Gary or Hugo on this matter! Though I, much like them, have 4 letters in my name, I think books are good.

Ok, so my awful site up at the moment (table based, no proper doctype etc etc) is where I was at. Then I read the book I recommended, from start to end. I had a practise referencing back to it every now and then, and I get CSS so well now that I feel like I could do anything! Of course, no book can tell you everything and that is why I use this forum reading every other thread to keep myself up to date.

But yeah, I would say at least pop down to a book shop and have a flick through to see what you think Smile. If nothing else, when coding I much prefer to have a paper refernce then open yet another browser window, but that's just personal preference!

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Seconding Burlster

I prefer an authoritative well-recommended book to the miasma of websites for getting a good solid foundation on a technical topic. I've found a good many websites that will help me to learn a specific technique or solve a problem, but nothing beats a book for walking me through a completely foreign process.

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I enjoyed Bulletproof Web

I enjoyed Bulletproof Web Design

It taught me a lot and I enjoy flipping through it and keeping things solid.

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I LOVED Bulletproof Web Design!

I LOVED Bulletproof Web Design! It's absolutely fantastic. I can't say it's a beginner level book though...

Dan just announced that a second version of BWD is out, so now would be a great time to pick it up, if you haven't already.

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I am halfway through

I am halfway through

Beginning CSS Web Development : From Novice to Professional

Author = Simon Collison

and I have to say it is wonderful! I can't recommend it highly enough! A great read for beginners.

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Hurrah!! Told you it was good...

I have that book on my desk at all times!!

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P.S.. Just ordered Bulletproof Web Design as recommended above!

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A few of my favourite CSS

A few of my favourite CSS books:

Beginner:
"Web Standards Solutions" by Dan Cederholm
~ nice basic, straightforward stuff... good for the beginner and also for the not-so-beginner as a good reference book

More in-depth:
"Cascading Style Sheets" by Hakon Wium Lie & Bert Bos
~ lots of detail from basic stuff right up to CSS and printing and other meaty subjects

Good for everyone:
"The Zen of CSS Design" by Dave Shea & Molly Holzschlag
~ very inspiring, great ideas

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burlster wrote:Just ordered

burlster wrote:
Just ordered Bulletproof Web Design as recommended above!

I enjoyed that book.
I think you'll get some good pointers out of it.
It's nothing new and amazing, just a fresh perspective on how to accomplish things.

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I enjoyed that book.
I think you'll get some good pointers out of it.
It's nothing new and amazing, just a fresh perspective on how to accomplish things.

Thanks Deuce! I went on a shopping spree, but it hasn't arrived yet, I'm expecting it today. I also bought 'A briefer history of time' by Stephen Hawkings, so who knows, perhaps my websites will be getting a little more complex afterall Wink

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