Book of CSS3, 2nd Edition

A Developer's Guide to the Future of Web Design
by Peter Gasston

November 2014, 304 pp.
ISBN: 978-1-59327-580-8
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CSS3 is the technology behind most of the eye-catching visuals on the Web. But the docs can be dry, murky, and full of dastardly caveats for inconsistent browser implementations.

This completely updated second edition of the best-selling Book of CSS3 distills the dense technical language of the CSS3 specification into plain English and shows you what CSS3 can do now, in all major browsers. You’ll find fully revised coverage of the updated syntax of gradients, grids, and flexible box layout, as well as all-new chapters on values and sizing, and graphical effects like filter effects and blend modes.

With an abundance of real-world examples and a focus on the principles of good design, The Book of CSS3 will help you expand your CSS skills, as you learn how to:

  • Style text with custom font choices, drop shadows, and other effects
  • Create, position, and resize background images on the fly
  • Spice up static web pages with event-driven transitions and animations
  • Apply 2D and 3D transformations to text and images
  • Use linear and radial gradients to create smooth color transitions
  • Take control of layout with grids, columns, and flexible alignment
  • Tailor a website’s appearance to every type of web-capable device

The companion website includes up-to-date browser compatibility charts, links to tutorials and resources, and live CSS3 examples.

The Web can be an ugly place. Make it pretty with The Book of CSS3.


About the Author

Peter Gasston has been making websites professionally for more than 14 years in both agency and corporate settings. One of the original contributors to CSS3.info, the leading online destination for CSS3, Gasston is the author of The Modern Web (No Starch Press) and has been published in Smashing Magazine, A List Apart, and net magazine. He also writes the web development blog Broken Links. He lives in London, England.


Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Introducing CSS3
Chapter 2: Media Queries
Chapter 3: Selectors
Chapter 4: Pseudo-classes and Pseudo-elements
Chapter 5: Web Fonts
Chapter 6: Text Effects and Typographic Styles
Chapter 7: Multiple Columns
Chapter 8: Background Images
Chapter 9: Border and Box Effects
Chapter 10: Color and Opacity
Chapter 11: Gradients
Chapter 12: 2D Transformations
Chapter 13: 3D Transformations
Chapter 14: Transitions and Animations
Chapter 15: Flexible Box Layout
Chapter 16: Values and Sizing
Chapter 17: Grid Layout
Chapter 18: Blend Modes, Filters, and Masking
Chapter 19: The Future of CSS3
Appendix A: CSS3 Support in Current Major Browsers
Appendix B: Online Resources

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