Practical CSS3: Develop and Design

Practical CSS3: Develop and Design – A Book Overview and Interview with Chris Mills

In this six minute interview with Chris Mills, developer relationship manager for Opera we talk about his new book entitled, “Practical CSS3: Develop and Design”, published by Peachpit, and is a full colour beginner to intermediate’s guide on what the new stuff is in CSS3, what you ca use now. Its main strength, above some other books that touch on CSS3 is that it spends a lot of time looking at how those CSS3 features work cross browser, and how you can use CSS3 features and still get your content and features working acceptably across older browsers (using graceful degradation, modernizr, etc.)

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Chris has developed quite a lot of knowledge about CSS, and has spent a lot of his working life these days experimenting with cutting edge CSS3 modules. After months of tireless writing, coding and researching work, ignoring his kids and getting huge bags under his eyes, and some months of waiting after that, “Practical CSS3: Develop and Design” finally arrived, and he’s really rather pleased with it!”

According to Chris, the main challenge was covering as much of the most exciting range of new CSS features as possible, while at the same time keeping things cross browser compatible and accessible — in my mind, a cutting edge feature is completely useless in the real world if it only works in one browser or rendering engine. I think I did a pretty good job, even down to providing alternative styling that is at least usable at a basic level in old browsers like IE6-8. I tried to balance fun and practical, and added as much of my musical stylings and unique “wit” to the project as I could.

The chapters

*INTRODUCTION TO CSS3 AND MODERN WEB DESIGN
*BUILDING A SOLID CROSS-BROWSER TEMPLATE WITH HTML5 AND JAVASCRIPT
*SPICING UP YOUR FONTS
*ENHANCING BOXES WITH CSS3 BLING
*ANIMATED EFFECTS USING CSS3
*USING CSS3 TO IMPLEMENT ICONS
*CSS3 LAYOUT CHOPS
*RESPONSIVE AND ADAPTIVE DESIGN
*STYLING HTML5 MEDIA AND FORMS (ONLINE BONUS CHAPTER)

Check it out today at Peachpit

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Download Chapter 4 Enhancing Boxes with CSS3 Bling

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