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HTML, XHTML and CSS For Dummies 7th Edition

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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)

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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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Product Details

  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: For Dummies; 7 edition (January 11, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470916591
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470916599
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 0.9 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 customer reviews)
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9 of 9 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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4 of 4 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Geoffrey Brown on May 29, 2012
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Although the writers advise NOT reading the book from front to back, that's exactly what I did, and I'm grateful.

Here was my sad situation: no newbie to computers or HTML (actually wrote my first HTML pre-World Wide Web to aid customer service reps in getting quick information on terms used in their customer conversations), I had a number of websites working in Front Page, which suited my needs at the time I created them. It worked, so why change?

I had ignored CSS and most of the other technologies that had come along -- until the web host I use decided to upgrade their servers and drop Front Page Server Extensions -- without which Front Page is pretty much dead in the water. Assuming that Microsoft would make its newer web design package, Expression Web, a seamless migration from Front Page, I jumped right into it. That was one of my worst-ever assumptions.

This book, which I ordered in a state of near-panic, has helped me avert disaster several times already. It tells you what you need to know at the level of detail that I need to know it. When more detail is called for than it can easily provide, it has great online references. I can't say I'm out of the woods yet because there's been a lot of water over the dam in the last decade or two, and because Expression Web is highly Microsoft-centric and wedded to Microsoft-speak and the whole Microsoft way of doing things, but I'm a whole lot better off than I was. In the process I've even learned some HTML that I somehow missed along the way.

If you have an urgent need to get up the learning curve quickly, I can't image a better place to do it than this book.
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7 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Genevieve A. Herres on September 9, 2011
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I'm a software engineer, I'm used to technical books and one of the things I have to expect in all books is start with something simple and build up. This book lacks that. It puts a number of things on the page without ever explaining them and the index in it is a joke, it does not represent the first occurrence of something OR a description of it. Just some random occurrence of it. Examples are put up without any building or explaining of example elements. Well that's not really educational. And unlike a great many of the "for dummies" books, you can't go to a section in this book without reading other parts of the book (and even if you read the preceding parts of the books, things show up in examples with no explanation of how they got there).

The only useful part of this book was the reference to w3schools page. Their free resources SIGNIFICANTLY better. They actually explain the difference between items which this book portrays to be the same. And they break things down in three sentences that this book takes a couple of paragraphs to complicate.
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