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June 18, 2003

Where are the great CSS books?

So I went to the usual places (B&N, Borders, etc.) this past weekend. As always, I scout for good tech books. One subject I always look for is CSS. As usual, there was little to pick from.

I have the O’Reilly pocket CSS reference (Eric Meyer) as well as Eric Meyer on CSS. Both are good books on CSS, but from a designer perspective, they’re not terribly great. (Not to discredit Eric — his technical merits are nothing to sneeze at, but even Eric has said he’s “not a strong visual designer.”)

As a designer-wannabe, I want to see some CSS books that show what you can really do with it. I’m talking CSS Zen Garden kind of stuff. Where are these books? Maybe I’m looking in the wrong places, but I haven’t seen them. I can’t help but think that designers out there are intrigued by CSS, but once they look at the printed works on the subject, they run away thinking “well, I could do better than that with a couple of table tags.” A few CSS books where a good designer and CSS-techie collaborate together would be perfect.

If you see any, let me know.

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