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ISBN-13: 978-0470916599 ISBN-10: 0470916591 Edition: 7th

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  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: For Dummies; 7 edition (January 11, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470916591
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470916599
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 7.4 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #151,510 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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' (YoctoCon.com, July 2012)

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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

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Daniel W. Hieber on 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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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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Murray on May 1, 2012
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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 By L. Wilson VINE VOICE on 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 By Matt Schifter on April 1, 2013
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[Update] After a reading this book, I find that actually programming using CSS and HTML demands more than this reference provides. It is written for beginner to intermediate HTML/CSS programmers, however it suffers from being incomplete. Fundamentally, I expect a book that covers a language to cover the complete grammar and syntax of the language. This book does not do that. In fact, a common tag like <div> occurs 3 times in the book. There's no direct explanation of it but it shows up. In fact, I can see a pattern of external web site references for examples, and complete lists of web page elements that really should be in the book, but instead they are referenced in external tutorials. One can only hope that all the links are still there as the book ages. I find that the only way to learn everything mentioned is to look up what's missing on the internet at tutorial sites, such as W3Schools. It also seems that there's too much repetition in the book, and while repetition may help with absorbing the materials into long term memory, it seems that each section of the book was written separately by both authors, and then they or an editor combined the materials sequentially.

There's no excuse for the authors failing to provide a complete reference. If I could return the book in favor of something more complete, I would.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kevin D. Singleton on January 25, 2013
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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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