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HTML, XHTML and CSS For Dummies [Kindle Edition]

Ed Tittel , Jeff Noble
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)

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Book Description

The indispensable introductory reference guide to HTML, XHTML and CSS

Even though new technologies enable people to do much more with the Web, in the end HTML, XHTML and CSS are still at the root of any Web site. The newest edition of this bestselling guide is fully updated and revised for the latest technology changes to the field, including HTML5 and CSS3. Illustrated in full color, this book provides beginner and advanced coders the tools they need to be proficient at these programming languages.

  • Shows you how to create a Web page and formulate XHTML document structure
  • Addresses working with content management systems (WordPress, Drupal, and Joomla), and designing for mobile devices (iPhone, BlackBerry, and Android)
  • Introduces HTML5 and CSS3, tools critical to mobile Web development
  • Reviews working with text, lists, and images, and customizing links
  • Demonstrates ways to employ cascading style sheets (CSS) and get creative with colors and fonts
  • Details integrating scripts with XHTML and understanding deprecated HTML markup tags

Written by two veteran computer whizzes, HTML, XHTML and CSS For Dummies will help you get the design results you want!

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'This is the perfect book for beginners in web development and will show you everything you need to know to get started' (, July 2012)

From the Back Cover

Build your Web pages and get them uploaded and published with (X)HTML and CSS!

You don't have to be an expert programmer to build great Web pages. If you can follow driving directions to a friend's house, you have what it takes to build a useful Web document. This book will not only show you the design and technical elements you need to create good-looking, readable Web pages — it will give you the confidence to get started!

  • Speak the language — master HTML, XHTML, and CSS syntax, create and view a Web page, and plan your site

  • Gather the building blocks — learn how to work with text and lists, create and customize links, and add images to your Web site

  • Build it correctly — take precise control with Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) and get creative with colors and fonts

  • Juice it up with JavaScript — integrate scripts, add dynamic content with (X)HTML, CSS, and JavaScript, and get familiar with popular content management systems

  • Go mobile — design your site for optimal viewing on mobile devices with HTML and CSS

  • Out with the old, in with the new — find out what elements are deprecated and look ahead to HTML5 and CSS3

Open the book and find:

  • How to plan, build, test, and publish Web pages

  • Steps for formatting Web pages with (X)HTML

  • Advice on planning a problem-free Web site

  • Solutions for adding inter-activity with JavaScript

  • Ways to embed content from Flickr, Twitter, YouTube, and Google Maps

  • Tips for enhancing your Web site's capabilities

  • How to design for smartphones, iPads, and other mobile devices

  • Techniques for eliminating bugs in your Web pages

Learn to:

  • Develop and build Web pages using HTML, XHTML, and CSS

  • Work with content management systems like Drupal, WordPress, and Joomla!

  • Plan and design Web pages with mobile devices in mind

Product Details

  • File Size: 11868 KB
  • Print Length: 416 pages
  • Publisher: For Dummies; 7 edition (December 14, 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004HD69HO
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #421,502 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Helpful overview but not a tutorial January 24, 2013
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This is an incredibly helpful book for anybody looking for an overview of the concepts behind HTML, XHTML, and CSS. It is not, however, a course in HTML. Instead, it is a brief introduction, showing the reader how to do some of the very basics, but glossing over the majority of the details. Still, this overview is incredibly useful, because it makes the reader familiar with the basic concepts involved, and shows the reader what various features of (X)HTML and CSS look like, so that when it comes time to do it yourself you have a sense of what you're supposed to do. The goal of the book, it seems like, is merely to point you in the right direction and help you understand what you're looking for when you begin doing HTML on your own. It is filled with great tips, external resources, and example markup, and so in this way the book functions much more like a reference work than a tutorial. Regardless, for anybody just starting out in HTML, this book is an excellent first step, that can then be followed up with more thorough courses elsewhere.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
I've been looking for a simple-to-understand book on learning HTML and CSS for quite some time. HTML and CSS has been and always been complicated.

The book lays out the fundamentals but what I really like is that the author stresses just the most critical laws to know. This way you're not wasting valuable time trying to determine what's really important to remember and what's not.

This is one of the two books that I have on the subject--both from The Dummies Series--but this one stresses:

* The relationship between the three languages
* How the rules have changed with the formation of XHTML
* How CSS functions in both ecosystems
* Programming for webpages and mobile/tablet devices

The other book, by the way, is also a great book that expands on this book but also introduces several other coding languages.

The other nice thing about this book is the CD-Rom covering lessons and providing the actual html pages that are used in the printed manual.

The book also introduces HTML5 and CSS3 in the latter chapters. This book really fills in the knowledge base and makes easy this very complicated subject.

5 Stars.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I can now write complex web sites! May 1, 2012
By Murray
I started with no knowledge on web development (although some programming skills), had a few weeks of spare time up my sleeve and so decided I would learn how to write a web site. This book really had everything I needed to get up and running with web development. When I showed a web developer friend of mine the final result he was very impressed (expecting it to be one of those childish sites people usuallly begin with. I found out how to use HTML, program in Javascript, setup and access data files in MySQL and then get into very interesting stuff with jquery. It even told me how to set up a development environment and some great tools to help with that. I did get a MYSQL book for dummies as well and found that a useful aide, but most of what I wanted was in this book. And as others have said in other reviews, it is a very well written book. When looking at comments you may be swayed by a few of the lower rated remarks but for my money, the higher rated comments are spot on. If you want to learn how to build complex web sites then start with this one - and you may never need another - honestly!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Basic Info and more March 21, 2011
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This book provides a lot of basic information in a very usable form. It helped me understand how to get started and gave decent info on what to use and what to avoid. There are also files available at their website that provide samples to help with both basic and advanced topics.

Overall, as a newbie learning on my own, this provides a great place to start.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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I've only read a few of the books in this series, and I wanted a simple introduction to CSS, so I thought I'd take a chance on being talked down to. I admit that I knew what I was getting, and I'm not surprised, in the least, at the product. It's exactly what I wanted: small bites of information that are easily digested, and that progress in a logical order to make it easy to learn the basics of CSS. I am already fairly well-versed in (X)HTML, but I did learn a couple of new tricks from those sections of the book.

If you're looking for an introductory course in basic web page design and formatting, this volume will not disappoint.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Great book, very bad conversion to kindle edition January 14, 2013
By John D.
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Very good book for HTML and CSS, but this is a terrible conversion to a kindle edition. Margins look terrible, things don't look they are at right places. It's clear they just wanted a kindle version out and someone did copy and paste.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars GREAT FOR BEGGINNERS December 25, 2012
By mtb
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This book is written in such a way that anybody reading it understands clearly the basics of web programming without the impression that its is a difficult task.well done Author.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Idealy titled for my level of expertise December 20, 2012
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At least, after reading this book, I can be conversant in the field and don't break out in a cold sweat when confronted by HTML anymore.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars You Don't Need the Book. Borrow It from the Library If You Can.
HTML, XHTML and CSS For Dummies is sometimes understandable and mostly not so understandable. I tell you what. It's a bad idea to buy the book if you are going to work from it. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Mr. Math Expert
1.0 out of 5 stars Don't buy
Although this is a good book it uses it's website heavily to show demos and source code not in the book. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Wesley Hegenderfer
4.0 out of 5 stars HTML,XHTML and CSS For Dummies
I ordered this book in order to improve my CSS skills on the computer, and in fact I found it very useful, with the diagrams and descriptions written very clearly and accessible... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Bradley Stillings
3.0 out of 5 stars Missing something
I didn't buy this to become a coder, just needed to understand what good code looked like. All the jumping around and "further information in Chapter X " was distracting. Read more
Published 11 months ago by rightlance
4.0 out of 5 stars They didn't have to...
There was actually a mix up in my address and I never received the book. I knew that this was my fault after looking into it and I told the company they didn't have to return the... Read more
Published 13 months ago by L. riddell
4.0 out of 5 stars Good revision/new knowledge
Just what I needed to expand my knowledge.

As a Web Site Master (website uses Joomla) I required more understanding of what is going on behind the Joomla technology
Published 13 months ago by A. T. E. Munro
5.0 out of 5 stars Book is Very Thorough
I love the dummies books for the simple fact they have a ton of resources and they are easy to read. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Nathan S.
3.0 out of 5 stars Easy to understand
The book is easy to understand and the definitions aren't complicated or wordy. A great book if you are new to the subject.
Published 15 months ago by Luis E. Perez
4.0 out of 5 stars Great book
it beaks down most of the complicated stuff down, so self taught people like myself can understand html for what it truly is.
Published 18 months ago by Thebest001
2.0 out of 5 stars not for dummies
Wanted a ultra simple book about HTML. Since I'm a rookie in that language I thought that a book for Dummies was the right pick for me. After 2 chapters I gave up. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Albert Wieringa
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