by Peter Gasston
May 2011, 304 pp.
CSS3 is the technology behind most of the eye-catching visuals on the Web today, but the official documentation can be dry and hard to follow and browser implementations are scattershot at best.
The Book of CSS3 distills the dense technical language of the CSS3 specification into plain English and shows you what CSS3 can do right now, in all major browsers. With real-world examples and a focus on the principles of good design, it extends your CSS skills, helping you transform ordinary markup into stunning, richly-styled web pages.
You'll master the latest cutting-edge CSS3 features and learn how to:
A companion website includes up-to-date browser compatibility charts and live CSS3 examples for you to explore.
The Web can be an ugly place—add a little style to it with The Book of CSS3.
About the Author
Peter Gasston has been a web developer for over 10 years in both agency and corporate settings. He was one of the original contributors to CSS3.info, the leading online destination for CSS3. Peter has been published in the UK's .net magazine, gives talks about CSS and web technologies at developer conferences, and runs the web development blog Broken Links. He lives in London, England.
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Table of Contents
Chapter 1: An Overview of CSS3
Appendix A: Browser Support
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