Sitepoint never disappoint when they publish a new book and HTML Utopia: Designing Without Tables Using CSS is no exception. It is a very well written book aimed at anyone who wants to design standards compliant, modern websites using CSS for layout.
HTML Utopia is written by Rachel Andrew and Dan Shalfer. Rachel is the director of web solutions company, edgeofmyseat.com. Dan is a popular web design consultant. Both are CSS experts.
Even if you are an experienced web designer, you can still find true gems of information in this book. It is particularly useful for those who are used to laying out websites using HTML tables instead of CSS. HTML Utopia: Designing Without Tables Using CSS will help you understand why this is not a wise approach and explain how to design layouts using only CSS. It will also help you create search engine friendly websites.
HTML Utopia is not aimed at absolute beginners and some prior experience is a good idea before using this book. This book is perfect for intermediate to advanced web designers.
When you purchase HTML Utopia: Designing Without Tables Using CSS, you will also be able to download a full sample website from Sitepoint. This is a very useful resource and will help you understand many of the concepts that are described in the book. Also included is one of the most comprehensive CSS Property reference ever written.
HTML Utopia: Designing Without Tables Using CSS is a superbly written book and will be a real asset on any web designers bookshelf.
· Why not to use tables for layout
· When to use CSS and when not to use CSS
· Building one, two and three column layouts
· Building fixed width and liquid page layouts
· Using floating and absolutely positioned elements
· Using CSS inheritance
· Text styling
· Ensuring optimal web accessibility and standards compliance using CSS
· Designing sites that work in older browsers as well as newer browsers