By David McFarland

Cascading sort Sheets can flip humdrum web content into highly-functional, professional-looking locations, yet many designers only deal with CSS as window-dressing to spruce up their site's visual appeal. you could faucet into the true strength of this device with CSS: The lacking Manual. This moment variation combines crystal-clear reasons, real-world examples, and dozens of step by step tutorials to teach you ways to layout websites with CSS that paintings continuously throughout browsers. Witty and enjoyable, this moment variation grants up to the moment seasoned innovations. You'll find out how to:
* Create HTML that's less complicated, makes use of much less code, is search-engine pleasant, and works good with CSS
* type textual content via altering fonts, colours, font sizes, and including borders
* flip uncomplicated HTML hyperlinks into advanced and engaging navigation bars -- entire with rollover effects
* Create powerful picture galleries and lighting tricks, together with drop shadows
* wake up to hurry on CSS three homes that paintings within the most modern browser versions
* construct complicated layouts utilizing CSS, together with multi-column designs
* sort websites for printing

With CSS: The lacking Manual, moment variation, you'll locate all-new on-line instructional pages, increased CSS three assurance, and wide aid for Firefox, Safari, and different significant net browsers, together with net Explorer eight. the best way to use CSS successfully to construct new web pages, or refurbish outdated websites which are due for an improve.

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A collection of CSS styles comprises a style sheet. A style sheet can be one of two types—internal or external, depending on whether the style information is located in the web page itself or in a separate file linked to the web page. Internal or External—How to Choose Most of the time, external style sheets are the way to go, since they make building web pages easier and updating websites faster. An external style sheet collects all your style information in a single file that you then link to a web page with just a single line of code.

Figure I-1: In this book, arrow notations help simplify menu instructions. For example, View ➝ Text Size ➝ Increase is a more compact way of saying, “From the View menu, choose Text Size; from the submenu that then appears, choose Increase. 12 CSS: The Missing Manual Introduction Safari® Books Online When you see a Safari® Books Online icon on the cover of your favorite technology book, that means the book is available online through the O’Reilly Network Safari Bookshelf. Safari offers a solution that’s better than e-Books.

Also trash the browser-specific attributes used to set margins for a page: leftmargin, topmargin, marginwidth, marginheight. CSS handles page margins easily (see Chapter 7). • Don’t abuse the
tag. If you grew up using the
tag (
in XHTML) to insert a line break without creating a new paragraph, then you’re in for a treat. (Browsers automatically—and sometimes infuriatingly—insert a bit of space between paragraphs, including between headers and

tags. ) Using CSS’s margin controls you can easily set the amount of space you want to see between paragraphs, headers, and other block-level elements.

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