By Simon Collison
In the previous edition of CSS Mastery, I introduced my More Than Doodles case study by talking about the "very rich palette" from which we designers can paint. At that time, we were reaching a period of critical mass, with web standards gaining ground across the industry. It was an exciting time, and we were having a ball with CSS 2.1, creating stunning layouts despite problems thrown at us by some of the older browsers.
More than three years on, we find ourselves increasingly comfortable with implementing techniques from the CSS 3 specification in our layouts. We can replace some decorative background images with combinations of CSS 3 rules such as
box-shadow, and ...