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Learning Web Design: A Beginner's Guide to HTML, CSS, JavaScript, and Web Graphics [Paperback]

by Jennifer Niederst Robbins
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August 24, 2012 1449319270 978-1449319274 Fourth Edition

Do you want to build web pages, but have no previous experience? This friendly guide is the perfect place to start. You’ll begin at square one, learning how the Web and web pages work, and then steadily build from there. By the end of the book, you’ll have the skills to create a simple site with multi-column pages that adapt for mobile devices.

Learn how to use the latest techniques, best practices, and current web standards—including HTML5 and CSS3. Each chapter provides exercises to help you to learn various techniques, and short quizzes to make sure you understand key concepts.

This thoroughly revised edition is ideal for students and professionals of all backgrounds and skill levels, whether you’re a beginner or brushing up on existing skills.

  • Build HTML pages with text, links, images, tables, and forms
  • Use style sheets (CSS) for colors, backgrounds, formatting text, page layout, and even simple animation effects
  • Learn about the new HTML5 elements, APIs, and CSS3 properties that are changing what you can do with web pages
  • Make your pages display well on mobile devices by creating a responsive web design
  • Learn how JavaScript works—and why the language is so important in web design
  • Create and optimize web graphics so they’ll download as quickly as possible

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About the Author

Jennifer Niederst Robbins was one of the first designers for the Web. As the designer of O'Reilly's Global Network Navigator (GNN), the first commercial web site, she has been designing for the Web since 1993. She is the author of the bestselling "Web Design in a Nutshell" (O'Reilly), and has taught web design at the Massachusetts College of Art in Boston and Johnson and Wales University in Providence. She has spoken at major design and Internet events including SXSW Interactive, Seybold Seminars, the GRAFILL conference (Geilo, Norway), and one of the first W3C International Expos.


Product Details

  • Paperback: 624 pages
  • Publisher: O'Reilly Media; Fourth Edition edition (August 24, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1449319270
  • ISBN-13: 978-1449319274
  • Product Dimensions: 9.7 x 8 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (90 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,389 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Jennifer Niederst Robbins got started designing for the Web in 1993 as the graphic designer for Global Network Navigator (GNN), the first commercial website published by O'Reilly. She has been writing books about web design since 1995, including Learning Web Design, Web Design in a Nutshell, and the HTML5 Pocket Reference. Jennifer has spoken at many conferences and has taught beginning web design at Massachusetts College of Art and Johnson & Wales University. She now uses her web technology know-how in the design and development of mobile apps and other digital products at O'Reilly Media.

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70 of 71 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Textbook & Reference October 19, 2012
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Oh, I love this book. If you're shopping for a beginning web design book, get this one first. You'll end up using it until it's dog-eared, and waiting eagerly for a new edition in a few years!

I teach introductory Web Page Design to design students at Madison College in Madison, WI. This is the textbook I require my students to buy.

Learning Web Design has a friendly style and great explanations of what web pages are, how they work and how to make them. It drills deeply into HTML, CSS and web images. And it touches on javascript and other topics you'll need to know if you continue to work in web design/development.

More important to me and my very visual students, the book is well designed (a rarity in books about web design/development). The page layout and images used make the book's information easier to understand and make the book fun to sit down and read.

Learning Web Design is a great tool for my students, and I'm sure it serves them as a great reference as they enter their careers.
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39 of 41 people found the following review helpful
Format:Paperback
The book tells you not only how to do stuff, it tells you why and when it is right to do so. Proportionally speaking, if the book were 11 pages, you get 1 page for introduction, 3 for HTML, 5 for CSS and 2 for javascript. The book focuses on the important stuff, and says what is good on each. You can always learn the material online via web search, copying examples, etc, but it will take a while to grasp the 'why' of its intended usage.

If you already know some of the material and want a refresher on the latest (such as HTML5), simply go to the 'test yourself' section at the end of each chapter. The core of the book is the HTML and CSS content. It nicely explains what it's new in HTML5.

HTML5: the book tells you what to do for browsers that do not support HTML5. It is to the point in just what you need to know. It includes enough for the video tag but not too much. If you need to go deep into canvas tag, get another book.

CSS: the book gives you strategies for page layout, and covers nice stuff such as round corners, transitions, transformations, animations. Finally I was able to fully understand a number of CSS techniques that I have used in my sites.

JavaScript: the book covers enough to practically know what it is and why you may have to learn it in the future. If you need to go deep in JavaScript, get another book. Lastly, a small chapter on web graphics is what I consider 'filler' content for people that know nothing about image formats.

The book is big and pretty, in the same way that you can learn genetics online, we all know that the best is to get a genetics book and read through it. Similarly here, you wont regret getting the hard-copy, it is similar to a traditional college book (definitely less pricey than a genetics book).
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32 of 36 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good foundation book September 20, 2012
Format:Paperback
I received this book as a part of O'Reilly User Groups program, although I'm interesed in many other topics, I was searching for a book that could help to eliminate the "ugly GUI" culture that I've noticed in my own developments and development for others, specially when the technology is Java.

In my developer phase I've noticed that the average developer becomes astonished by the Java GUI framework of the season and jumps from University to the work field with a little knowledge about HTML, CSS and JavaScript repeating always the sentence "let the designers design, I'm here for the hard work". In real world soon or later is necessary to match both roles or act as powerfull developer-designer, however most of times the lack of good HTML/CSS/JS knowledge is avoided using WYSIWIG editors or dragging JSF components from the IDE designer. At the end is functional but most of times, the lost of control over HTML generation also means ugly or non standard compliant GUI.

About the book:
As many experienced web developers already know, the real issue with HTML learning is not find the material. By the contrary the real problem is choose between the available free learning tutorials without being overwhelmed because of the repeated material. W3Schools is a good and reference start point, but I've seen every HTML tutorial claiming itself as the best, that I just avoid them because of they cause the contrary effect in me.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Learning Web Design? This is the only book you'll need! November 13, 2012
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Trying to learn how to write a Web site from scratch? If you're just looking around online for how to do it, good luck! It's not as simple as it might seem to learn about HTML, CSS, and Javascript.

That's where Jennifer Niederst Robbins's book, Learning Web Design: A Beginner's Guide to HTML, CSS, Javascript, and Web Graphics comes in. A lot of resources that purport to explain the beginnings of anything either involve dry lists of features (in the case of HTML most involve listing and explaining tags one by one). This book does something no other book has, at least not that I've found: it tells you at the beginning what you need to learn and what hardware and software you need. If you've never written any HTML before, these kinds of things are completely indispensable, and yet somehow you'll have to scour dozens of sometimes completely contradictory Web sites to find the same information. After searching for quite some time, you'll often find online something you think is an answer, only to discover that the page you're reading has been up and has remained un-updated since the late 1990's. With this excellently written volume, you can see that it's been written in 2012 and know that it's (at least as of this review) completely up to date, and everything is here in this one book.

I picked the book up primarily to come up to speed on modern HTML, since I often take the Wordpress route of Web design, and it had been quite a while since I wrote a bunch of HTML from scratch. I had a weekend to build a Web site from nothing, and I found pretty much everything I needed, right here.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book for learning and refreshing
I have been muddling through websites (using various programs) and have managed the job, but realized it was about time I had a better functioning knowledge instead of relying on... Read more
Published 6 days ago by SherMar
5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful tool for learning web design !
Jennifer Niederst Robbins' book is very thorough and i find her easy to read and understand..a great introduction to understanding html. Read more
Published 12 days ago by John Davis
5.0 out of 5 stars Great for students
I have used this as my textbook for my Web Design and Development class for two semesters now. The students really like it - it includes the detail they need, and mentions extras... Read more
Published 16 days ago by S. Crandall
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic text for beginners
I am new to the web design world. I chose this text to learn HTML, CSS, and JavaScript for myself so that I could teach it to my students. Read more
Published 16 days ago by Joshua D. Washburn
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book to learn all about web design
This is a must read if you really want to understand the ins and outs of web design. It gives you a good foundation for the infrastructure of a webpage and when, why, and how you... Read more
Published 19 days ago by Nicole
5.0 out of 5 stars This book is fabulous if you want to learn about HTML/CSS
I liked the in-depth explanation about how websites connect to the World Wide Web and so forth. However, that being said, this book is excellent for HTML/CSS but I was a little... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Zhaowei Wang
4.0 out of 5 stars still using
i am still plowing through this book as an novice web designer and former programmer i wasn't sure how much i can get into since i got out of the business many years ago. Read more
Published 2 months ago by J. A. Melillo
4.0 out of 5 stars Very Nice
I had to get this for my Web Design class that I am currently enrolled in. Its the perfect size to fit in my bag; it's not big like those darn math books! Read more
Published 2 months ago by kels
3.0 out of 5 stars HTML Beginner Guide Book
I like this book and use it as a reference. It would be difficult to follow if you did not have any knowledge of HTML, even the very basic knowledge would be helpful. Read more
Published 2 months ago by johntami
4.0 out of 5 stars Good book, but very basic
This is a well written and put together book on the very basics of web development. This book is a textbook. Read more
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