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In this issue we've got three new items for you. First we show how to create a menu rollover with one image for the on and off state. This mono-image rollover uses CSS positioning to save an HTTP request, and is a preview of our full CSS sprite tutorial coming soon. Next we highlight two great books I'm reading. First up "Call to Action" is about boosting the conversion rate of your site. If you buy only one book on the Internet, buy this one. Next we follow up our "CSS Mastery" book review with a look at Andy Clarke's "Transcending CSS" book.
The other great book I'm reading is titled "Transcending CSS: the fine art of web design" by Andy Clarke. This is a lush, full-color companion for the CSS Mastery book I reviewed previously. The 371 page book takes a "content out" approach to web design, building up pages from best practice CSS techniques. The book has more about the design process (wireframing, prototyping, grid-based design) and less about all the CSS techniques that that Andy Budd talks about in his "CSS Mastery" book. This book will appeal to graphic designers who want to learn more CSS with its full-color websites as inspiration. I prefer the "CSS Mastery" book for its non-nonsence approach to teaching best-practice CSS techniques in use today and tomorrow.
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