Reccommend a good CSS book or online tutorial

I am able to find plenty of stuff online for CSS but the problem with most of it is that it doesn’t come in tutorial form. Most of it tends to be about explaining what the particular selectors are for and how they are written, whereas a tutorial will guide you through actually creating something.

I am looking for something to work through, rather than something to simply refer to.

I am also looking for a book, but if anyone can recommend an online resource that is NOT a reference but is actually a tutorial then that would be a bonus.

P.s. I know I’ve been a member for about 8 years but I still don’t quite know which forum this belongs in… It’s about computers so - Game forum??. It’s asking for opinions so - IMHO??. It’s about asking for book recommendation so - Cafe Society???.

In other words, apologies if this is in the wrong forum.

I have a copy of CSS: The Missing Manual which I think is pretty good.

Oh snap! You recommended the one I already have. I keep it at home and I’m looking for a different one which I can learn from at work (I think if I learn from two different books it will broaden my skill a bit more than if I learn from one)

I think it’s a very good book so far. Thanks for recommending it :slight_smile:

I find the books by Eric Meyer to be particularly useful, as they have demonstrations of not only good design ideas using CSS, but explanations on what’s happening, and how to vary things to get different results. All with a sense of humour, to boot.

I second this approach!

Then, once you have finished that simple course, go to and download a FREE website template with all CSS. Open it and start fiddling around with it - it is the best way to learn. I tell my students that it is like learning to fix a car engine - you can read books, but the best way is to get in there and get your hands dirty. Using one of those free templates from OSWD and simply toying with it will do wonders!

I’ve been using Mastering CSS with Dreamweaver CS4 and it’s great - there are exercise files available to download that go along with it.

I don’t know if you have or use Dreamweaver, but if you do it’s a great book to work and follow along with. I have access to it online for free through my university library’s subscription to Safari Books Online. I am not sure if you can buy the online version by itself or you have to get a subscription to Safari (or you can get the physical copy for about $30), but it’s definitely a worthwhile resource.