Media praise for CSS: The Missing Manual

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"...the author does a commendable job of clearly explaining all of the essential topics that the typical developer would need to understand."
-- Michael J. Ross, Web Developer, Slashdot.org

"If you're tired of trying CSS tutorials that leave you more confused afterwards than you were going in, stop the madness and invest in this manual. I am only half way through the tutorials and, already, this author has cleared up so many things that I hadn't been able to quite grasp before. "
-- T. Moore, Amazon

"Between the informal writing style and the great step by step tutorials, this book makes learning about CSS quite painless and in fact fun. Whether it's formatting text, creating margins and borders, adding graphics, site navigation or formatting tables, there's a wealth of information here. I used to think CSS was something somehow scary and too difficult to learn. And now I instead realize it's a way to make web sites look awesome without having to resort to JavaScript, Perl or any other web site language (although clearly they can be beneficial too). "
-- Todd Hawley, Amazon

"I'm curently finding The Missing Manual one of the better such volumes, for starters because it's very dense, something I value in tech books: the thing is packed with non-trivial examples, sidebars that actually contain useful information, lots of links to external resources, etc. The presentation is also very thorough: I think I finally really understand when to use relative versus absolute positioning."
-- Chris Dickman, Graphic Design Forum

"Overall, the book is an excellent resource for learning CSS. The tutorials are in-depth and reinforce the material previously learned. If you're new to CSS, or if you want to thoroughly understand the subject, get this book for your reference shelf."
-- Lee Underwood, WebRef

"With so many books on CSS, why would you want this one? Because it truly teaches the correct method of working with style sheets. It can take you from the very basic to the very sophisticated in a reasonably short time. From his methodology it seems that David McFarland, a developer by trade, is a teacher by vocation. That certainly comes across in his style and writing. If you were to buy only one book on CSS, CSS: The Missing Manual should be it."
-- T. Michael Testi, Blogcritics.org

"McFarland, begins by showing you how to create style sheets and provides an overview of key CSS concepts, like inheritance, selectors and the cascade. Then, the author takes you into the real world of Web design. Next, he helps you with one of the most confusing, but most rewarding, aspects of CSS: controlling the placement of elements on a page. Finally, he shows you how to make web pages look good when printed. "
-- John R. Vacca, Tech Write Independent Reviewer, Amazon

"You bet. It's the book I've been waiting for - really clear and informative. I especially appreciate all the clever CSS hacks"
-- Leo Laporte, this WEEK in TECH

"This is much easier to digest than some of the more formal reference manuals I've seen in the past, and there's not as much focus on the minutia of every little variant that can happen. This is the material you'll use 95% of the time...Armed with this book, a newbie would be able to become competent in CSS. And if you've been doing CSS for awhile, there's a strong chance that McFarland will deliver some nuggets that will take you to the next level. I know that'll be the situation in my case."
-- Thomas Duff, Duffbert's Random Musings

"One of the beauties of the Missing Manuals is that there is always something new to discover and the research is quite thorough...I kept finding snippets of information, in the way of Tips or Notes, that would give just that bit extra."
-- Graham K. Rogers, Bangkok Post

"It is about as good a general introduction to the subject as anything I have found, and if you are curious about CSS and what all the shouting is about, this is the place to go...if you are curious about CSS, or if you know about CSS and need a convenient handbook explaining the many things you can use CSS to do, you’ll want this book. Recommended. "
-- Jerry Pournelle, Chaos Manor Musings

"There are a lot of good books, but I keep returning to the Missing Manual series because they are inexpensive, easy to read and full of cool tricks and tips."
-- Bob Brooks, The South Bay Apple Mac User Group

"Overall, the book is a great read and recommended for anyone serious about designing professional websites. The chapters are broken up appropriately giving readers a gradual progression into the world of Cascading Style Sheets without too much detail at once...I really enjoyed the overall pace of the book and found Appendix A with the entire CSS property list to be most helpful. "
-- Nick Parsons, Amazon.com

"The author provides dozens of hands-on tutorials and real-world exercises that can lead the reader to an understanding of how to apply Cascading Style Sheets to their Web sites. The techniques can not only provide more sophisticated page layout and structure, but can produce code that loads faster and is easier to maintain and update. The author gets the reader involved immediately with more than 100 pages of hands-on page-building tutorials. HTML, within the context of CSS, is introduced for those who are unfamiliar with the language. Experienced Web page designers will see HTML in a new context, and benefit from the review."
-- Michael Kleper, The Kleper Report on Digital Publishing

"Over a hundred pages of tutorial exercises offer a real-world opportunity to see how tested web pages work and how to implement advanced functions. A top pick."
-- The Midwest Book Review

"With so many books on CSS, why would you want this one? Because it truly teaches the correct method of working with style sheets. It can take you from the very basic to the very sophisticated in a reasonably short time. From his methodology it seems that David McFarland, a developer by trade, is a teacher by vocation. That certainly comes across in his style and writing. If you were to buy only one book on CSS, CSS: The Missing Manual should be it."
-- T. Michael Testi, Blogcritics.org

"The author does a marvelous job of explaining the core constructs of CSS while keeping the reader engaged, and this is a mighty task with CSS. But he succeeds. On top of all this, the tutorials are perfect icing on the cake and will certainly make your coast-to-coast flights seem like a commuter hop."
-- Ken Garove, Blog

"I have never seen a manual for any program, hardware or OS which is anywhere close to this series in its helpfulness to the reader. Anyone other than the well trained techs can find this book valuable."
-- Ray Bowler, Vice President, Des Moines Macintosh User's Group

"CSS: The Missing Manual is a useful CSS resource for intermediate to advanced web designers who have experience with HTML and CSS. The writing is friendly and informative, the content is well-organized, and the book's formatting makes it very easy to use chronologically or as a reference manual. Each topic is covered with examples of code and screen shots to demonstrate the concepts presented. This series of books also uses a special durable and flexible "lay-flat" binding that makes it easy to have the book stay open without cracking the spine or using heavy objects to hold it down...I would highly recommend this book as a valuable instructional and reference manual for intermediate to advanced web designers."
-- Ruth Kalinka, TangoAngel: Philadelphia Area Computer Society

"Whether you are new to CSS or a current user who wants to do more with this design and layout resource, David McFarland's CSS: The Missing Manual is an excellent choice for your resource library. It is an outstanding reference tool."
-- Ginny Hudak-David, Technical Communication

"I have reviewed quite a number of Missing Manual books and I am always impressed with them. David Pogue is a Mac master and the depth of his knowledge shines through."
-- Roger Bernau, ACT Apple User Group Incorporated

"In summary, the book CSS: The Missing Manual is a nice book that can enrich your web development knowledge, improve your web literacy and make you proud of the mastery of web management skill whether you are a web site novice or a web development veteran."
-- Jin Yang, The Bridge

"David McFarland's CSS: The Missing Manual is over 500 pages of CSS expertise, with over 100 of those pages of tutorials. It's a best place to get started for learning CSS."
-- Glen Stansberry, NETTUTS



"One of the beauties of the Missing Manuals is that there is always something new to discover and the research is quite thorough...I kept finding snippets of information, in the way of Tips or Notes, that would give just that bit extra."
--Graham K. Rogers, Bangkok Post