TheOpenSourcery staff are well known at the various book stores
in our area, maybe because we spend so much time peering through
the books before finally making up our minds and buying a book.
We have a special - "don't put away, will buy pile" -
which often is too small given the volume of books we churn through.The
people at World's Largest, who were helping this reviewer dutifully
put away tome after tome on database and web development systems,
were a bit stupified - when just two or three glances at Eric Meyer's
Eric Meyer on CSS and it went on the "will
buy pile" right away. A knowing sales clerk commented - "this
CSS - Cascading StyleSheet stuff must be a hot topic".
And indeed it is. Microsoft led the way - and maybe went too far
a la Java by implementing some non-standard CSS capabilities
in IE starting with 4.x and continuing with the IE5 and IE6 browsers.
Now the other browser vendors have caught up and leaped ahead of
Microsoft - first by strictly adhering to and robustly implementing
all of CSS 1 and much of the CSS 2 standards including the DOM
This has huge implications because layering
through CSS is now finally available not only in a standard way but also a very capable
Java, or any .NET) theough the DOM. For this
reason alone, users should update to the new browsers - and specifically
or Opera. What Eric Meyer's book does so well is describe what the
new CSS standards mean in terms of better, easier to develop, and
yet very attractive web designs. So update your browsers now.!