The Book of CSS3 A Developer’s Guide to the Future of Web Design By Peter Gasston

As on of the contributors to TinyMCE, it’s important for me to be well on top of CSS for two reasons, first to ensure that we support CSS well for our customers, and second to ensure that we leverage it well for the product.

The book of CSS3 presents the new features included in CSS3 in a readable, well written style.  I found interesting and noteworthy points in almost every chapter. Some of the particularly valuable topics follow. The coverage of media queries and web fonts particularly interesting, particularly since I was recently talking with a customer about cross platform friendly fonts. The chapters on selectors and pseudo elements were also interesting and add some more useful tools to the shed. The CSS appearance attribute has very exciting implications for accessibility (expect a blog post soon with some more thoughts and an example). The collection of tools and resources tucked away in the appendices at the end are well worth a looks well, as is the books companion website (

I highly recommend this book to anyone interested in what’s possible now with CSS3 or what’s coming soon. Take a look through the table of contents to get a quick idea then dive deep to really learn. I’d almost go as far as to say that anyone who is doing front end development must read this book.

[This book was reviewed as a part of the O’Reilly Blogger Review Program]

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