CSS Secrets: Better Solutions to Everyday Web Design Problems

CSS Secrets: Better Solutions to Everyday Web Design Problems
By Lea Verou

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In this practical guide, CSS expert Lea Verou provides 47 undocumented techniques and tips to help intermediate-to advanced CSS developers devise elegant solutions to a wide range of everyday web design problems.

Rather than focus on design, CSS Secrets shows you how to solve problems with code. You'll learn how to apply Lea's analytical approach to practically every CSS problem you face to attain DRY, maintainable, flexible, lightweight, and standards-compliant results.

Inspired by her popular talks at over 60 international web development conferences, Lea Verou provides a wealth of information for topics including:

  • Backgrounds and Borders
  • Shapes
  • Visual Effects
  • Typography
  • User Experience
  • Structure and Layout
  • Transitions and Animations

Product Details

  • Amazon Sales Rank: #40725 in Books
  • Brand: imusti
  • Published on: 2015-07-03
  • Original language: English
  • Number of items: 1
  • Dimensions: 9.60" h x 1.00" w x 8.00" l, .0 pounds
  • Binding: Paperback
  • 392 pages


  • O Reilly Media

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About the Author

Lea Verou is an Invited Expert in the W3C CSS Working Group, the committee that designs the CSS language, and previously worked as a Developer Advocate at the W3C, the Web's main standards organization. Currently, Lea conducts research in Human-Computer Interaction at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). She also blogs, speaks at international conferences, and codes popular open source projects to help fellow developers.

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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful.
5One of the most helpful tech books I've ever read.
By J. Caritas
I've been working with CSS for many years, but this book really upped my game. There were so many "aha!" moments for things I'd continuously struggled with, and so many techniques for effects I didn't even realize were possible using only css. (Who knew there was so much you could do with gradients?) And it never read like a boring, stuffy tech book -- the writing was always accessible and lively. In fact, I read it as my bedtime reading, and it would often keep me up into the night! My only quibble was her over-use of the shortcut syntax. While I realize that shortcuts are best-practice, it was sometimes difficult to understand where, say, background-origin was set in the shortcut when I'd never used that property before. It would've been more helpful to have everything spelled out in long-hand as I was trying to work through the examples. That said, once I'd go to the dabblet to play around, it was always made clear. A must-read for people who already know the css basics!

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful.
5An incredible read for both highly specialized front-end developers, and generalists out there
By Nicolás J. Engler
CSS Secrets was most definitely one of the greatest technical books about CSS I've ever read. The book breaks free from the format most academic books have, and this makes it incredibly easy to read. Throughout the reading process, the reader is able to see Lea Verou's dedication; illustrations, footnotes, and a more personal/informal approach to the writing, everything makes the reader feel comfortable and cared.

As a plus, the fact that CSS Secrets is based on an intersection between front-end development and graphic design is going to be a delight for generalists out there seeking for a sympathetic mind.

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful.
5Fantastic Book
By Kris
One evening of skipping through to the problems that tended to afflict me the most frequently gave me dozens of immediately applicable solutions. Well organized and written.

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