The Bottom Line
If you're looking for a complete reference on CSS, you've found the book. This book has over 800 pages of Cascading Style Sheets from CSS1 and CSS2 and even CSS3.
- Very complete, with CSS1, CSS2, and CSS3
- Excellent reference guide for CSS including browser support and more
- Good coverage of how to add CSS to Web pages
- No color
- There are three primary sections to this book: basic CSS, CSS browser support, and CSS elements.
- The browser support chapter alone is worth the price of the book.
- Each element is fully explained and the browser support is listed directly.
- Other than colors, the styles are displayed with clear pictures showing how they work.
- Where appropriate, the differences in CSS3 are called out explicitly.
- The book even covers Internet Explorer CSS additions like changes to scrollbars.
- The alphabetical appendix of properties is also invaluable.
Guide Review - Core CSS 2nd edition by Keith Schengili-Roberts
I have the alphabetical listing of properties marked so that I can flip to it whenever I have a question about a style property. But that section is only about 100 pages of this 800 page book on CSS. When I first saw this book, I was skeptical. It doesn't look like all that big a book - especially for what it claims to cover. But then I actually picked it up - and it's heavy. The pages are thin to give you more book for your buck. And it's not all fluff. This Cascading Stylesheets book is one that I want to leave on my desk as a reference. My biggest beef with it is that it's divided into sections based on the property type - rather than alphabetically, but this is minor compared with what I can learn about the properties. This is a good CSS reference book to have.