CSS – A Beginners Reference Guide

A quick list of useful CSS (Cascading Style Sheets) resources.  Learning something new can be a daunting task.  Sometimes it’s hard to find enough information or in this case, there can be so much information that it becomes a bit overwhelming.  I find it works to give yourself one major goal everyday.  For example lets say you have never built a drop down menu with CSS before. So where do you start?

First you really should have a great list of text books on hand as resources at your disposal.

Here are a couple great references to get you started:

1. Professional CSS: Cascading Style Sheets for Web Design

2.  CSS: The Missing Manual

3.  Everything You Know about CSS Is Wrong! (this is a very quick read and a little bit more advanced to help with the transition between CSS2 and CSS3.)

The second thing you should do is start to build a great list of bookmarked online resources for reference when you’re stuck and need some help, when you want to learn something new,  our just for some inspiration.  So here are a couple useful CSS related websites to get to started:

Web Resource:

1. CSSplay

2.  CSS – Tricks


4.  Zen Garden – A beautiful example of the power of CSS and a constant source of inspiration.   And Finally, a great way to test your websites to make sure you’re CSS and HTML all work properly and validate’s to current web standards is to go to the W3C (World Wide Web Consortium) website.  The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) is an international community organization working together to develop web standards. To check your website’s HTML and CSS: