The Bottom Line
- Great introductory section explains the basics of CSS quickly and easily
- Clear descriptions of every item listed including examples for use
- Most of the properties are alphabetical, but the ones that aren't were confusing
- Very few pictures or visual representations of the styles
- The first section describes how to use CSS including basics like rule structure and precendence.
- The second section describes the selectors and how to use each one.
- The third section is the meat of the book describing all the active properties in CSS.
- The final section includes a description of properties that were removed from CSS2.1.
Guide Review - CSS Pocket Reference by Eric A. Meyer
I really like this book as a quick reference for looking up specifics about CSS properties. But it relies on the fact that I already know CSS fairly well, and so I can remember that white-space is the property for getting pre-formatted text, but I might not remember the exact format. It doesn't help for those situations where I'm thinking "I just know there's a property to do XYZ..." but I can't think of what it might be. The book is short enough that I could skim it and find the answer, however.
This is not meant to be a book that you use to learn CSS, but once you know CSS this is a great book to have around for just quick checks of what correct form for the property is or whether or not that property is suppored in CSS2 and so on.