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Basics of Web Design: HTML5 and CSS3 1st Edition

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My book, Basics of Web Design: HTML5 & CSS3, takes an innovative approach to prepare students to design web pages that work today in addition to being ready to take advantage of new HTML5 coding techniques of the future. To meet this challenging goal, the book introduces both XHTML syntax and HTML5 syntax, presents coding web pages in HTML5 with backwards-compatible techniques that work in current browsers, and also provides practice with HTML5's new features that will only work in the latest versions of browsers.

Today's learners are busy multitaskers. The book is organized in two-page sections that quickly introduce the reader to new topics, provide examples, and offer hands-on exercises. This approach will get your students up-and-running quickly. The textbook companion website at has a page for each chapter with hyperlinks for websites listed in the book, information on emerging trends, additional examples, corrections, and review games. Instructor materials are available from the publisher's website.

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Dr. Terry Felke-Morris is a Professor at Harper College in Palatine, Illinois. She holds a Doctor of Education degree, a Master of Science degree in information systems, and numerous certifications, including Adobe Certified Dreamweaver Developer, WOW Certified Associate Webmaster, Microsoft Certified Professional, Master CIW Designer, and CIW Certified Instructor.

Dr. Morris received the Blackboard Greenhouse Exemplary Online Course Award in 2006 for use of Internet technology in the academic environment. She was the recipient of two international awards in 2008: the Instructional Technology Council's Outstanding e-Learning Faculty Award for Excellence and the MERLOT Award for Exemplary Online Learning Resources--MERLOT Business Classics.

With over 20 years of information technology experience in business and industry, Dr. Morris published her first website in 1996 and has been working with the Web ever since. A long-time promoter of Web standards, she has been a member of the Web Standards Project Education Task Force. Dr. Morris is the author of the popular Web Development and Design Foundations with XHTML textbook, currently in its fifth edition. She was instrumental in developing the Web Development degree and certificate programs at Harper College and currently is the senior faculty member in that area. For more information about Dr. Morris, visit

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  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Pearson; 1 edition (March 7, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0137003382
  • ISBN-13: 978-0137003389
  • Product Dimensions: 7.9 x 0.5 x 10.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Web Guru on March 8, 2011
Format: Paperback
We'll use this book in a community college course for both online and face-to-face classes. The full-color book is engaging for students. The two-page topics are geared towards students who may be more visually oriented and who don't want to read a lot. The hands-on practice exercises encourage students to apply what they've just learned. The students really like the hands-on approach with examples, practice exercises, and case studies. This textbook focuses on how to use HTML5 and CSS3 today and while introducing new elements and techniques that will be utilized in the future. Where appropriate, both XHTML and HTML5 syntax are discussed. There is also excellent coverage of web standards, web design best practices, accessibility, usability, and search engine optimization techniques. A bonus is the textbook's companion website at that has a page for each chapter with chapter links, additional information, flash review puzzles,and chapter updates.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Tyler Whitney on May 16, 2011
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Overall the book is Okay. I think its great for beginners and its an excellent resource for folks updating to HTML5 standards and CSS3, because that really is the way to go these days. Unfortunately, I ran into a few issues within code, some places there were colons (:) where there were supposed to be semi-colons (;) in the actual HTML code listed. This is specifically in Hands on Practice 2.9, for the code for a space " " is listed as " :" twice by accident.

Also, the Hands-on-Practice, though very basic, was helpful. I think it should leave more up to the student rather than giving all the code, but then again, it really is just designed for the student to SEE the output of the code that they are working with in the book, so its okay. The end of the chapters really do a better job allowing students to work for themselves. Hands on practice 8.255 is listed twice as another typo, listed on 204 and then AGAIN on 209 when its supposed to be 8.7.

Need some better editors/technical writers to check out the book.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Not Mark Twain on June 29, 2011
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I bought this book because it was required for a web development class. This book is well written and easy to understand. The student files that come with it are great. If for some reason, you can't get your code to work, you can reference the student files as working examples. The hands-on exercises are extremely valuable.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By r3ndering on June 21, 2011
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If you are purchasing this book for a class and need/want the accompanying CD with student files then DO NOT purchase the Kindle version: you won't get them. While you will save $4 and change on the Kindle version it will cost you an additional $24 at the publisher's website to get access to the "Hands-On" files (student files).

As of this date the extended pricing is as follows:

New paperback version with CD from Amazon: $42.39 (plus shipping)
Kindle version + publisher's file download fee: $62.15 (what a bargain)

The author and editor were fantastic and I want to thank them for their fast & courteous responses! If my only interaction had been with them then this would have been a five star review.

As for the text, itself: I am currently in Chapter 5, am learning and find it to be a good read. If you want to get a handle on HTML and CSS (and more) this is a good one to pick up. And, not to beat a dead horse: just make sure you pick up the paper copy with CD for the best experience!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By WebMaven on May 18, 2011
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Great introduction to designing web pages and learning about HTML5 and CSS3! The book is very well laid out and easy to understand with lots of practice excercises. Solutions to the practice exercises are available for download so you can check your work.

The textbook website at has review games, additional links and resources. There's even an mobile app that you can use to review the chapter topics -- search for "Basics of Web Design Review" in the Android Market. Buy this book if you'd like a gentle intro to web design!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Carl S. on January 15, 2012
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This book is excellent. I purchased the Kindle version of this book (although it appears to only be currently available in print format) and used it for a Web Development course at a local college last semester. Our instructor provided the student files to us so the lack of a CD was not an issue for me. The book explains a small topic and then gives an example. You start out with developing a basic page for a fictitious "Pacific Trails Resort" web site and expand on it throughout the book. You learn about headings, lists, links, etc. first and then you learn how to style the page with CSS. Then you learn tables, forms, audio, video, etc. as well as how to style those with CSS. In the end, you wind up with a web site that is better than many small business web sites currently on the internet. The book is very current and teaches modern coding techniques. However, the content is not exclusive to HTML5 or CSS3 meaning that you learn the "new" way but also the fallback to HTML4/XHTML. Although I used this book in a classroom setting, you could easily self-learn this material using only this book.

There is also a free iPhone app available to help you with chapter quizzes and exams. If you read the material, do the hands-on, and practice test with the iPhone quiz engine then you should have no problem getting an A in your class. (I did!)

However, the book is still great if it is not being used as a textbook. I'll use it as a reference in the future.

Highly Recommended!
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