There were two web sites, five PDF documents & two tools I used which didn’t cost me a buck. Thanks to all the authors of those resources. Here goes my CSS treasure.
First – The CSS layout crashcourse.
This is what I started from. I didn’t know anything more than the CSS syntax when I start. This site taught me how to build the basic site layout. And the site is subcide.com CSS layout tutorial. Simple & helpful. I just followed the simple steps & got to know of ALL the basics in CSS.
Next – The cheatsheet pack.
This came handy when I try go deeper in subject. To quickly find out something I don’t know & learn something new, these were godsend. With these cheatsheets I did “try & learn” to get a lot of knowledge. I’ll list them in order of frequence I used each one.
1. CSS Quick Referance Guide – veign.com
2. CSS Cheatsheet.
3. DeepX CSS quick reference -1
4. DeepX CSS quick reference -2
5. CSS shorthand cheatsheet by example – leigeber.com
Then – The next step CSS.
When I got the basics done, I wanted to add more things. Elated.com taught me how to. The simple guides of elated.com gave me a lot of useful knowledge of CSS designing.
Mean while – The Tools.
I drop the two most basic tools The text editor & Browser — Gedit & Mozilla Firefox (I’m on GNU/Linux). The tools I wanted to mention are two Firefox extensions, Firebug & WebDeveloper. These things made my learning path a lot easier. Other than just using them I learned a lot with them too. Specially firebug helped me a lot to get a good idea of Margins, borders, padding etc. by visualizing them. [I used Gimp - the free graphic designing software for graphic designs.]
And additionally – For the rest of your CSS expedition.
In above I mentioned all the main resources I used to learn CSS. Here are some more I think which would be very hepful when you go frther.
1. W3C CSS Tutorial – a complete reference for CSS.
2. Step by step website design building tutorial from nettuts.com – This is a complete website design building guide, so simple & gives all basic concepts of designing.
Note: The way I learn is really spooky. So some of you may not find this helpful. I found most of these resources on Digg.com – programming area. There are many extensive collections of CSS learning resources. But consider my list as a “Tested study guide”.
The other note: I kept calling myself “sucker in design”. But learning CSS I improved my design senses alot :D