15 Must Read Articles for CSS Beginners

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Are you new to CSS? The initial process of learning this nifty language can be a little daunting, there’s so much to learn it can sometimes be difficult to figure out where to start. Luckily there’s plenty of valuable information and resources out there on the web that covers everything from the basics through to advanced topics. This collection of 15 articles pulls together some of the best must read blog posts for anyone looking to get started with CSS styling.

Resetting Your Styles with CSS Reset

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Learn CSS Positioning in Ten Steps

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Internet Explorer and the CSS box model

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Specifics on CSS Specificity

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Faux Columns

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Sexy Ordered Lists with CSS

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Divitis: What it is and How to Avoid it

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Using background-image to replace text

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CSS Sprites: What They Are, Why They’re Cool, and How To Use Them

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How to Create a CSS Menu Using Image Sprites

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10 Examples of Beautiful CSS Typography and how they did it…

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CSS Shorthand Guide

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Push Your Web Design Into The Future With CSS3

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How to use headings in HTML

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10 HTML Tag Crimes You Really Shouldn’t Commit

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  1. hehe says:

    Thanks a ton, Chris! You rock!

    It’s very useful for me and I’m sure it’s useful for many folks.

    Continue writing this type(basic) of articles.

  2. Thanks for this list, when I’ve got the time I’m gonna go through them all ;)

  3. om ipit says:

    im newbie here…
    you’re the best chris

  4. sunil says:

    Need to add some dropdown menus? That is also essential for a beginner?

  5. joão says:

    a great guide, awesome article!
    must add this to my delicious :)

  6. Heiko says:

    Great collection! Love it – just need more time to read them all ;


  7. Alex C. says:

    Great article, really useful for the beginners!

  8. sasdaman says:

    I’ve been working with CSS2 for around 12 months but still these articles are great reference for my learning and I’m sure will help many others not just beginners.

  9. iQbaL says:

    Great list u have man…thanks !!!!

  10. shadowMason says:

    beautiful site… thank you

  11. akkis says:

    Thank you once more Chris!

  12. squareart says:

    Thanks for this collection – think it’s going to keep me busy, but gonna bookmark to come back when necessary.

  13. CSS is sooo powerful….. i just love it and love to learn its tricks more and more

  14. Chris Mills says:

    The Opera web standards curriculum has many useful articles for CSS beginners as well – (disclaimer – I’m the editor!)

  15. marbio says:

    Great article!!!
    Ii seems to contain all I need. Thanks.
    Ciao ;)

  16. dEEPs says:

    Nice 1 !
    Thanks for sharing :)

  17. paul says:

    nice 1 good info. here on css, i been using it for a while but not done some of the nifty things you have listed here! only stuck to the basic obvious needed to put a website together.


  18. Sander says:

    This is really cool. For a moment I thought it was some really cool CSS that presented each page as this image at an angle. Then I looked at the source and saw they were just screenshots :)

    Sometimes the elegant and simple go hand in hand.

  19. Very useful collection of articles for anyone looking to learn a little bit about CSS. Perfect for the designers out there who too often are confused and frustrated by developers and programmers trying to explain their trade. All the basics in one place.

  20. Davor says:

    Really useful list. I like the “divitis” example – it’s a helpful markup guide on how to stay simple and code properly.

    Once again a great article.

  21. disha says:

    nice collection…i learnt all css from net…. :)

  22. Great articles, thanks! :)

  23. Allison says:

    Looks like a great collection of articles. I’ll be referring to this for my next web project!

  24. Matt says:

    I’m so excited I wish I could wet my pants.

  25. Gru says:

    This site has an awesome design!

  26. rif says:

    nice post

  27. Jake Rocheleau says:

    I wouldn’t call myself a CSS Beginner, but some of these are still really interesting reads even after working with CSS for about 1 1/2 – 2 years now

  28. Elena says:

    Thanks for this Chris. These tutorials look great. I just love CSS. This is destined for Delicious. :)

  29. paul says:

    these are a great read!

  30. Leon Dudovich says:

    Really great articles. Guys, please help me, Check it out this website Is that possible to create website in a few days or its some kind of joke? )

  31. ntiremedia says:

    these are garet articals and you have nice and good stuff in ur blog i like it keep it up

  32. Serhat says:

    Thank you. Thats really cool content. I translated them Turkish and shared in my site. Thank you, Chris.

  33. anirudha says:

    nice article for web design

  34. Jaspal Singh says:

    Awesome list for CS beginners.
    Thanks for sharing.

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  36. flashscope says:

    fantastic list. good to start your learning of CSS from this articles.

  37. this is the best for those who want to learn css. You cant be a good designer or programmer if you are not good enough in CSS

  38. KIZILSUNGUR says:

    Great article!


  39. Vasudeesha says:

    Good one… Keep posting such articles..

  40. elena says:

    Yep, still a cutie.

    Useful articles too. Thanks.

  41. Ware-Store says:

    Good entrance for novices CSS.

  42. James says:

    Hi , Very nice site,
    Very useful contents.

  43. Jeff G says:

    Awesome post, man. This has been the most needed post I have read this entire year… You hit on some very important points for beginners. Thanks!

  44. Jeff G says:

    Awesome work! This is the best short-list I have found this entire year. Thanks!

  45. Willem says:

    Fantastic. I’ve learnt a helluva lot from this. Thanks a mil!

  46. thanks good post from you

  47. Waterproof Jacket says:

    excellent. very nice template.

  48. thanks !! Great post from you :) Best Regards !!!

  49. Aditi says:

    Wonderful post, Interesting list for CS beginners

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