Dan Cederholm is tha CSS man. His two titles, Web Standards Solutions and Bulletproof Web Design, are two invaluable resources I keep at hand for references. While there are many different ways to write CSS, I always prefer Dan’s simple approaches. As a designer himself, Dan knows exactly what issues we go through and he offers the straightforward, bulletproof solutions to solve the problems. When it comes to CSS, Dan is always at the top of his game.
Like his previous books, Handcrafted CSS is very focused. The contents are lean and concise but insightful on topics including image-free rounded corners, RGBA colors, and easy float management. Ethan Marcotte has contributed a very informative chapter on fluid layout, especially his formula for turning pixel unit into percentage unit.
Throughout the book, Dan encourages readers to design with “progressive enrichment.” With fast-advancing browsers like Safari and Firefox, now’s the time to experiment and implement new CSS technologies. He argues, “…by giving visual rewards to the browsers that can handle these advanced CSS properties, you’re creating flexible, easily maintained designs that push the development of these new standards forward.” After learning his case studies, I am convinced.
So if you have to make your web site looks the same in all browsers, including Internet Explore 6, than this book is not for you. But if you want to make your site look good on most browsers and great on a certain ones than Handcrafted CSS is for you.
The DVD comes with the book provides 10 guidelines that serves as a checklist for making bulletproof designs. Most of the tips are from Bulletproof Web Design. If you have the book, you probably don’t need the DVD.