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ISBN-13: 978-1590597477 ISBN-10: 1590597478 Edition: 1st

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Product Details

  • Series: Beginning: from Novice to Professional
  • Paperback: 427 pages
  • Publisher: Apress; 1 edition (June 26, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1590597478
  • ISBN-13: 978-1590597477
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 1 x 10.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,522,624 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"After reading this book, an average reader should be able to create a reasonably attractive Web page … . The book explains the creation of Web pages using Hypertext Markup Language (HTML), Extensible Hypertext Markup Language (XTML), cascading style sheets (CSS), and JavaScript. The book is concise and easy to read … . Overall, I liked this book, and feel that it could be used in a general survey class on Web design and programming." (J. Miller, ACM Computing Reviews, October, 2008)

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David Schultz is an IT professional with more than 14 years of successful experience implementing systems, including web-based applications. He has an in-depth knowledge and experience with online web-based decision support systems and desktop applications. He's previously authored several books and articles, and has been a technical reviewer for dozens of books.

Customer Reviews

My only program experience is with VBA macro writing.
Tintinnabulator
Beginning HTML with CSS and XHTML: Modern Guide and Reference by David Schultz and Craig Cook is an excellent beginners introduction to HTML and CSS.
Nate Klaiber
I do like books published by Apress but this one did not live up the expectations I have for an Apress book.
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Adrienne Adams on November 29, 2007
Format: Paperback
Every master was once an apprentice; the beginner must start at the beginning. For the author of an introductory text on a technical subject, the challenge is to adopt the "beginner's mind," which is characterized in Zen practice as "is the mind that is innocent of preconceptions and expectations, judgments and prejudices." The teacher of novices must clear his mind and place himself in the mind of the student who knows little or nothing about a subject. He must be able to transmit complex concepts in clear, non-technical language and provide enough information to make the subject understandable, yet not overwhelm the student with too much information or information that is not pertinent.

The first two chapters of "Beginning HTML with CSS and XHTML: Modern Guide and Reference" satisfies the requirements of a beginner's book quite well. The language is clear, concise, and devoid of jargon. The remainder of the book is quite uneven, probably due to the publisher's decision to employ two authors for the book. Craig Cook (the author of chapters 1, 2, 4, 5, 8 and 11) is more than capable of communicating technical information using plain language. His prose is concise and accurate, yet he maintains a gentle, witty tone that is ideal for making the neophyte feel at ease with new material. David Schultz is much less adept at maintaining the `beginner's mind.' His prose is often convoluted and awkward, making it difficult to decipher the terms he attempts to explain.

Chapter 4 is an excellent overview of the basic structure of a semantically structured web document. For someone looking for an introduction to HTML and CSS fundamentals, the book is worth buying for this chapter alone. It would also serve a more experienced hand as a concise guide to the proper use of HTML elements.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Tintinnabulator on August 17, 2007
Format: Paperback
I ordered this book along with Head First HTML with CSS & XHTML. I was worried based on reviews that this might be a little over my head. My only program experience is with VBA macro writing. I wanted Head First's book to protect myself from getting lost.

What I found is there was no problem understanding this well-presented and clear text. In fact, I much prefer it to the "dummy downed" Head First book. Had I to do it over, this would have been my only purchase.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Bazz Learnmore on July 2, 2007
Format: Paperback
As a hard-core software engineer who builds browser-based applications for a living, I often find myself appalled at my lack of knowledge of the inner workings of the code that my software dynamically creates, HTML.

This book gave me a better understanding of some of the areas I was really interested in, like web-standards compliance, XHTML and the proper use of doc-types.

Highly recommended for both beginners (my teenage kids are using it to jazz-up their myspace pages!) and old-hacks like me.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Nate Klaiber on October 10, 2007
Format: Paperback
Beginning HTML with CSS and XHTML: Modern Guide and Reference by David Schultz and Craig Cook is an excellent beginners introduction to HTML and CSS. Through each of the eleven chapters the authors walk through the basics and foundation of HTML. For those who are just treading in the waters of HTML and CSS, this book will help you understand the tools available to you as you craft your markup. You will learn about the tags available, their available attributes and purposes, and how to finely tune these into a semantic layout that ultimately gives your content more meaning.

Chapter 1 is our quick history lesson and introduction to HTML. They give background and insight into the goals and purposes of HTML, and how these were shifted during the browser wars and the battle for browser dominance and market share. They introduce the different versions of HTML available, and what they mean for your markup and the rendering inside of the browser. As CSS is discussed, there is also a discussion on keeping a clean separation of content and presentation. Chapter 1 lets us see the big picture and evolution of HTML.

Chapter 2 builds the foundation for the rest of the chapters. This chapter discusses the basics of XHTML and CSS. The building blocks discussed here will be addressed in each and every subsequent chapter of the book. Things such as tags, elements, attributes, and formatting. We are also given a snapshot view of what comprises an XHTML document, the doctype, the HTML element, and the document tree. All of this plays into understanding the fundamentals of CSS, cascade, and inheritance. We now have our history lesson and basic constructs in place, it's time to take a look at the rest of the pieces to the puzzle.

Chapters 3 and 4 cover a large territory.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Pedro Estrada on July 31, 2007
Format: Paperback
Found this book to be a concise guide to learning html, css, and xhtml conforming to the latest standards. I had dabbled with web pages before, and though I could eventually hack something together, I knew it wasn't the way the pros did it. This book provided a good conceptual framework on how to separate presentation from content, the key reason to use CSS.
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25 of 36 people found the following review helpful By EnglishTeacher on September 20, 2007
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Despite the "Beginning HTML" in the title, this small horror is a densely packed text of incomprehensible jargon.

This book is only useful for balancing wobbly table legs and for teaching writers how NOT to write a reference work / tutorial.

I bought it based on the title, not the contents. (It was shrink-wrapped at a brick-and-mortar bookstore) Had I seen a sample of the text, I would have reshelved it hurriedly or offered a dime to buy it for firewood.

As a reference work for web designers, or a tutorial for beginners, it ranks below any other book I've seen on the subject.

APPENDICES:
1) The promised CSS is scattered throughout the book, with no CSS reference guide in the appendices.
2) The appendices for HTML and XHTML describe each tag's parameters in such a way as to leave one wondering how to use them, and what each tag and parameter does.

EXAMPLES:
The authors clearly did not proofread the version that reached the printers, or the editors made unexpected, inexcusable last-minute cutbacks. This is most obvious in photo captions that ask us (unbelievably) to find the differently colored text in identical B&W screenshots (p. 143), and in examples of JPEG artifacts/compression (p. 108) and pixelating (p. 106) that are unnoticeable because the example photographs have been shrunken far too much or carelessly created.

INDEX:
Carelessly assembled, neglecting common terms like "mouseover".
LANGUAGE:
Professorial pointification and obfuscation rather than real advice to beginners or helpful reference for experts. Reads like a fillibuster performed by a student defending his masters' dissertation.
For example, what beginner could make use of this entry in the appendices?
(p.
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