Last Updated on June 21, 2023
Web pages are built with HTML, which specifies the content of a page. CSS (Cascading Style Sheets) is a separate language which specifies a page’s appearance.
CSS code is made of static rules. Each rule takes one or more selectors and gives specific values to a number of visual properties. Those properties are then applied to the page elements indicated by the selectors.
Here’s our recommended books to learn CSS.
1. CSS Animation 101 by Donovan Hutchinson
This book gives you a light introduction to the topic, combining theory with practical lessons.
You’ll learn how, and why to use animation on your web pages and hopefully be inspired to try it on your own projects.
After reading the book you should have a sound understanding of CSS animations as well as the tools to create and experiment.
Create your own working environment and look at many examples of animation along the way.
2. SMACSS by Jonathan Snook
This useful book covers a number of topics related to CSS architecture.
- Categorizing CSS Rules.
- Base Rules.
- Layout Rules.
- Module Rules.
- State Rules.
- Theme Rules.
- Changing State.
- Aspects of SMACSS:
- Depth of Applicability.
- Selector Performance.
- HTML5 and SMACSS.
- Drop the Base.
- The Icon Module.
- Complicated Inheritance.
- Screencast: Applying the Principles.
- Screencast: Avoiding Content-specific Context.
3. Essential CSS by various authors
Essential CSS is written to provide clear and concise explanation of topics for both beginner and advanced programmers.
Most examples are linked to online playground that allows you to change the code and re-run it.
The content is based on now abandoned StackOverflow Documentation project. It has been heavily edited and improved.
4. Google HTML/CSS Style Guide
Google HTML/CSS Style Guide defines formatting and style rules for HTML and CSS.
It aims at improving collaboration, code quality, and enabling supporting infrastructure. It applies to raw, working files that use HTML and CSS, including GSS files.
Tools are free to obfuscate, minify, and compile as long as the general code quality is maintained.
5. CSS3 Succinctly by Peter Shaw
CSS3 Succinctly begins with a basic CSS refresher.
- New Selectors.
- New Pseudo Selectors.
- Eye Candy.
- Web Fonts.
- Generated Content and Calculations.
- The Mixed Bag of Tricks.
All books in this series:
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