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the web log of Simon Jessey

Saturday, January 4th, 2003

Eric Meyer on CSS - Front Cover

The perfect Christmas present for the web geek

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My wife bought me Eric Meyer on CSS: Mastering the Language of Web Design for Christmas. I already have a reasonable understanding of CSS, certainly enough to eliminate most presentational markup from the code of my web documents, but this book has opened my eyes to new possibilities.

Eric Meyer puts the reader at ease by writing in a light and conversational manner. The book contains a series of projects. Beginning with altering an existing web page, each new project builds on the first and culminates in an ambitious attempt to recreate the book's print design as a web document.

Of particular interest to me was the way Eric was able to explain how to create designs of a more organic nature. Traditionally, web pages tend to have a boxy appearance. Since every markup element is effectively a box to be styled, this is no surprise. Through a combination of clever positioning effects, graphics and text effects, Eric has made it seem easy to break out of the box and create shapes and designs with more visual appeal. I am hoping to include some of Eric Meyer's wisdom in a new version of my web log in the coming weeks.

I strongly recommend this book for anyone who is serious about expanding their existing knowledge of CSS, but it is probably not for the web novice. There is a site that goes with the book. It includes all the project code and bonus materials.

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