The Bottom Line
- Good overview of CSS from CSS 1 through 3
- Broken up into manageable chunks
- Covers lots of topics within CSS
- Some of the chapters are a little too simplified
- No color examples
- 24 chapters representing each hour of work. Each chapter includes study questions
- The first four chapters teach the basics of CSS and how to use it in Web design.
- The second section explains the basics of CSS - how the syntax works and some rules.
- Section three goes into detail about text, backgrounds, lists, ahd forms.
- The fourth section covers layout including alignment, positioning, boxes and tables.
- The last section goes into some advanced topics like accessibility and hacks.
- There is an appendix that deals with how to replace presentation HTML with CSS.
- And another appendix has a glossary of terms.
Guide Review - Teach Yourself CSS in 24 Hours by Kynn Bartlett Second Edition
The Teach Yourself series is a great way to learn a new programming topic, because it breaks the subject down into small chunks that you can digest in about an hour or so. And the CSS book is no different.
Beginners who are willing to walk through the steps outlined in this book will gain a good understanding of the mechanics of CSS in a very short time. And the details in the book make it easy to understand and apply.
I wish that the book had some color, as Web pages are color based and CSS has a lot of effects with color. And some of the more advanced chapters felt rough to me, as though there was too much information to impart in a short 1-hour chapter. This isn't surprising as there are books devoted to just the subject of accessibility and CSS Web design.
This is not a reference manual. You won't find CSS selectors listed in tables or any large appendices. But for the beginner who wants to learn CSS, you won't go wrong picking up this book. Even if you're more intermediate, if you want to learn more advanced CSS, it wouldn't hurt to get this book, just skip the first section or two.