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HTML, XHTML and CSS For Dummies
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on January 25, 2013
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
on May 1, 2012
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
VINE VOICEon March 22, 2011
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
on May 29, 2012
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
on September 10, 2011
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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
on October 20, 2011
I both enjoyed and was challenged by this book. Covering HTML, CSS and Javascript in one book is damn near impossible but these authors are up to the task. I was a true neophyte so I had to plod through this book slowly. There are numerous helpful Web site listed in this book - I found [...]m particularly helpful. It is obvious to me that authors Noble & Tittel put a thorough and complete effort into this book and it is well worth the price.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on January 15, 2013
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
on December 25, 2012
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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