CSS is getting complicated

I’m still a newbie at CSS, and I know it. I’ve delved into it quite a bit recently, and even have taken a ‘fully-compliant’ stance on all of my recent development. But it can be hard to keep up with the new discoveries and standards being developed. People like Shaun Inman, Mike Davidson and the folks at A List Apart are constantly coming up with better ways to stay compliant while increasing the muscle that CSS offers, often through Javascript. It makes it hard for a newbie to keep up.One of the things that has really interested me lately is all of the Image Replacement ideas out there. One of the things that I have found about being fully compliant is that you become stuck with some most widely used fonts – and yet using images to create more stylistic text is a big bandwidth hog. Luckily, they have come up with some great methods (including Rob Cameron and Tom Werner’s excellent WAC-IMR adaptation of Shaun’s original IFR. But I think I am even more impressed by Stewart Rosenberger’s Dynamic Text Replacement.

Still, with my limited PHP experience and my lack of Javascript skills, it can be a little overwhelming. For what it’s worth, does anyone know a good PHP book to get me started?

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