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Review: The CSS Anthology

CSS Anthology: 101 Essential Tips, Tricks and HacksThe CSS Anthology: 101 Essential Tips, Tricks & Hacks
Author: Rachel Andrew
Paperback: 400 pages
Cost: $26.37
Published: August, 2007

I’ve never claimed to be a programmer but working in SEO means that I’m involved in creating or editing hundreds of pages over the course of a year. Understanding how CSS works, and being able to implement basic to more advanced CSS strategies, has become essential over the past few years. Until now I’ve only had a rudimentary knowledge of CSS. The CSS Anthology has helped me grow my knowledge significantly on the topic.

I’ll admit that I didn’t follow the coding examples line by line, but that’s the beauty of this book. You don’t have to be a CSS programmer to be able to follow it. The great benefit of this book to the non-programmer like me, is simply knowing what kind of styling tricks can be accomplished via CSS. It’s easy to search for CSS tricks once you know what can be done, but until you do, then searching can be a shot in the dark. That’s what makes CSS Anthology such a good reference.

At 400 pages, it’s actually a very quick read unless you study all the CSS code examples provided. If you’re like me, you burn right past them which leaves you with probably about 150 pages of actual reading. But it’s all very valuable material. I can say that I have a much firmer grasp on what can be done with CSS and as I look to implement some of these tricks on the sites I work on I’ll frequently be referring back to the book.

Stoney G deGeyter

Stoney deGeyter is the author of The Best Damn Web Marketing Checklist, Period!. He is the founder and CEO of Pole Position Marketing, a web presence optimization firm whose pit crew has been velocitizing websites since 1998. In his free time Stoney gets involved in community services and ministries with his “bride enjoy” and his children. Read Stoney’s full bio.

2 Responses to Review: The CSS Anthology

  1. I use this book, albeit an older version, with great success. CSS is subtly simple and Rachel does a good job of explaining CSS and gives good examples. Every time I reread a chapter or section I learn something.

    Doug

  2. Stoney G deGeyter
    Stoney deGeyter says:

    Hi Doug,

    I actually have the first edition of the book and I think the link above goes to the second edition. But I have to say how much of an incredible resource it turned out to be. You’re right, Rachel did a great job of putting CSS into layman’s terms and providing some pretty detailed examples of a lot of cool things that you can do.