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HTML 4 For Dummies, 5th Edition Paperback – May 27, 2005

ISBN-13: 978-0764589171 ISBN-10: 0764589172 Edition: 5th

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  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: For Dummies; 5th edition (May 27, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0764589172
  • ISBN-13: 978-0764589171
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 0.9 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (83 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,028,036 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Amazon.com Review

Hard core programmers would say that HTML is for dummies. Even so, for those of us who want to build and maintain our own Web sites, but cringe at the sight of anything resembling a programming language, HTML 4 for Dummies is the hand-holding guide to help us through those processes.

Because many HTML editors do all the site-building work for you, it's strange the authors chose to wait until appendix C in the back of the book to explain why you must know HTML. Still, their reasons for learning HTML are sound, and the advice they dispense is solid.

Beyond going through the ins and outs of HTML tags, the book does a fine job of explaining what design elements work and how to avoid common mistakes. The section on XHTML ensures that budding site builders have all the latest tools at their disposal.

Whether your goal is to build a simple, text-oriented Web site or one loaded with frames, graphics, and animation, HTML 4 for Dummies will put you on the right track. --John Frederick Moore --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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"read the user-friendly starter guide HTML 4 For Dummies, published by John Wiley & Sons." (Smallbusiness.co.uk)

Customer Reviews

The examples were easy to follow and understand.
Andrew Freiday
If you are looking for a basic HTML guide, this is what you need, but be careful not to get confused by the miscellaneous stuff they don't explain enough.
Arthur Lechtholz-Zey
Heck you can just go to WebMonkey or some other tutorial web site and learn just as much but quicker.
R. Geissman

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39 of 40 people found the following review helpful By Jason E. Smith on October 14, 2000
Format: Paperback
As the title says, this book is for people with very little knowledge of HTML - but knowledge of how to use a computer at an intermediate level. It covers most basic HTML tags, up to and including tables and a limited amount of framesets, as well as providing a large reference section aimed at the beginning HTML coder, becoming a decent reference manual even after the Tutorial section is finished.
It's not the be-all and end-all of coding references, but it's perfect for someone that is comfortable with a computer, and wants to being creating simple web pages. This can take an individual with little knowledge and give them enough information to where they can understand the more complex online references and puzzle out the rest, or to a level where they can successfully invest their time in learning more about CSS, JavaScript, and DHTML to move to more complex sites.
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55 of 62 people found the following review helpful By Renaaah on October 5, 2000
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I am currently taking an introductory class called "Build your Own Website." This book is required reading. When I went to my local bookstore to get "Html4 for Dummies with CD ROM," the sales associate did everything in her power to dissuade me from buying it. Now, 2 weeks into the course (and the book) I understand why.
There is too much text in this book: long, verbose explanations that make learning a chore. It is no fun to read, and is often confusing. Unless you are in the same situation as I (your professor demands that you use this, and only this, text) don't waste your money. Elizabeth Castro has written a much better book on this subject.
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34 of 37 people found the following review helpful By R. Geissman on November 13, 2002
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This book could have been about 200 pages shorter if they left out the redundant info on content and style of content. I would call this book "Keep it simple silly" as they must mention the KISS theory about 400 times. While I did get a better understanding of HTML after reading it. I was surely not prepared to make much of a web page when I was done digesting these 400 pages. I suggest picking it up at the library as I did and then getting a HTML reference book. Heck you can just go to WebMonkey or some other tutorial web site and learn just as much but quicker. It served it's usefullness but I would never buy it or reference back to it after reading it.
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45 of 51 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 29, 2002
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I hate to say that this whole leave-a-review thing on Amazon[.com] is a total waste of time, but I have a high suspicion that many of the people leaving "wisdom" have ulterior motives. I.e., the competition tries to make the product look bad, and, by the same token, the book's publisher submits a fantastic review.

I can't understand how people have given this book a bad rating. I'm a smart guy, went to Princeton, honors math and physics there, but haven't done computers in 15 years. Actually started with Dreamweaver for Dummies then realized I needed to learn HTML. Unlike other books, I was able to read through the entire book, chapter by chapter. The rambling non-code-related text was very helpful in understanding the background for much of the text...something one would get in one-on-one lessions. The background info also broke up the technical secitons to make them bareable The book was a breeze to go through. I know HTML now, at least the basics, and using Dreamweaver to do sites makes a whole lot more sense now, too.

As an aside, I had tried several other books on Dreamweaver and was totally unable to get started...until I got Dreamweaver for Dummies. The other books are perhaps a little better as references, but Dummies is by far the best at teaching the basics.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Nathan Sandoval on August 9, 2000
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When I was told I would have to revamp our Company's Web page I was completely illiterate when it came to HTML. With this book as my ONLY reference I was able to create a great looking and functional web page complete with image maps, mouse-overs, frames, and tables. I also gained a basic understanding of animation and simple java-script. I would definitely recomend this book to anyone interested in getting started in HTML.
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31 of 35 people found the following review helpful By Arthur Lechtholz-Zey on December 28, 1999
Format: Paperback
This book is great for beginners who are only interested in perhaps creating a web page (rather than a web site) about themselves. Furthermore, it does not go into enough detail on some topics. For example, it teaches how to create forms on one's web site, but does not go into enough detail on CGI and the programming behind it, making the section on forms practically useless unless you also buy their book "CGI for Dummies." It does, however, cover the basics of text formatting and adding images to one's page, but it does not go into enough detail as to how to add sounds, video, and other media such as Shockwave or Flash. However, it covers frames and the FRAMESET and FRAME tags very well, but again, there is not one mention of inline frames (the IFRAME tag). If you are looking for a basic HTML guide, this is what you need, but be careful not to get confused by the miscellaneous stuff they don't explain enough. I recommend this book to those perhaps making a personal web page.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 29, 1999
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I purchased this book mostly for learning advanced HTML features such as tables and frames but at the same time I learned a couple new nifty tags. They spend a little too much time talking about the web in general as if that you're reading an Internet for Dummies book rather than an HTML for Dummies book. But don't worry, that quickly changes over to a discussion of how important HTML really is to the web and what role it plays. Everything is organized nicely and is very simple. The humor was a bit dry compared to some other dummies books I've read but overall, it's a wonderful reference material worth spending 20 bucks on.
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