Sitepoint HTML Utopia: Designing Without Tables Using CSS
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Teaches you exactly what is said on the 'tin'.
Some design parts focus narrowly on one type of layout; the 3 column.
After seeing many positive comments on the sitepoint website for this book, I felt compelled to buy it, even if though meant shipping it from the U.S. for a little extra money.
I have read, and glanced, over numerous computer orientated books, and this is up with the top for its concise wording. The code examples are also very easy to follow as the author, Dan Shafer, starts off with a simple code block adding more as required, the changes all highlighted in bold.
However, the author does digress in showing the reader how designs can done in many different ways. Then only in the last paragraph you are treated to a "but this wont get your main content listed in Google," and "this wont work in Browser X.X."
As long as you have a bit of patience, this shouldn't be a problem for you. Nevertheless, I do recommend reading this book from the start, in a linear fashion, not dipping in for random code chunks as you might end up using the code which isn't supported by Browser X.X!
The book isn't as long as it would lead you to believe, as it includes the whole CSS2 property reference, but this is of no fault as I prefer a book to be short quality than long rambling.
Everyone is jumping on the PHP and MySQL wagon, but what is the point if your "streamlined" content takes an age to download, and is likely to break layout through badly nested table elements? That is the question all designers should be asking themselves. This book serves to address this problem, and it gets the job done. So I say if you are looking for a "css for practical purposes book" buy this one by all means!