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Learning Web Design: A Beginner's Guide to (X)HTML, StyleSheets, and Web Graphics [Paperback]

by Jennifer Niederst Robbins, Aaron Gustafson
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June 15, 2007 0596527527 978-0596527525 Third Edition

Everything you need to know to create professional web sites is right here. Learning Web Design starts from the beginning -- defining how the Web and web pages work -- and builds from there. By the end of the book, you'll have the skills to create multi-column CSS layouts with optimized graphic files, and you'll know how to get your pages up on the Web.

This thoroughly revised edition teaches you how to build web sites according to modern design practices and professional standards. Learning Web Design explains:

  • How to create a simple (X)HTML page, how to add links and images
  • Everything you need to know about web standards -- (X)HTML, DTDs, and more
  • Cascading Style Sheets -- formatting text, colors and backgrounds, using the box model, page layout, and more
  • All about web graphics, and how to make them lean and mean through optimization
  • The site development process, from start to finish
  • Getting your pages on the Web -- hosting, domain names, and FTP
The book includes exercises to help you to learn various techniques, and short quizzes to make sure you're up to speed with key concepts. If you're interested in web design, Learning Web Design is the place to start.

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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: 480 pages
  • Publisher: O'Reilly Media; Third Edition edition (June 15, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0596527527
  • ISBN-13: 978-0596527525
  • Product Dimensions: 9.7 x 8 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (100 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #117,912 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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165 of 168 people found the following review helpful
It's been awhile since I've taken a look at what passes for a beginning web development book these days. I decided to examine Learning Web Design: A Beginner's Guide to (X)HTML, StyleSheets, and Web Graphics (3rd edition) by Jennifer Niederst Robbins. All I want to know is... why weren't books like this around when I was trying to learn this stuff?

Part 1 - Getting Started: Where Do I Start?; How the Web Works; The Nature of Web Design
Part 2 - HTML Markup for Structure: Creating a Simple Page (HTML Overview); Marking up Text; Adding Links; Adding Images; Basic Table Markup; Forms; Understanding the Standards
Part 3 - CSS For Presentation: Cascading Style Sheets Orientation; Formatting Text (Plus More Selectors); Colors and Backgrounds (Plus Even More Selectors and External Style Sheets); Thinking Inside the Box (Padding, Borders, and Margins); Floating and Positioning; Page Layout with CSS; CSS Techniques
Part 4 - Creating Web Graphics: Web Graphics Basics; Lean and Mean Web Graphics
Part 5 - From Start to Finish: The Site Development Process; Getting Your Pages on the Web
Appendix A - Answers; Appendix B - CSS 2.1 Selectors; Index

The first clue that things were different is that it's a full color book. So not only can the code examples be color-coded for clarity, but you don't get black-and-white graphics that attempt to illustrate a full-color web page. Next, covering XHTML and CSS together means that the reader gets the correct foundation for how to separate content from structure. I personally still have a bad habit of using HTML tags instead of using CSS like I really should. Had I had Robbins' book when I first learned, I'm inclined to think I'd have fewer bad habits to get rid of.
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84 of 90 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars As Good As It Gets October 23, 2007
It's a curious aspect of creating sites for the World Wide Web that its not always clear what the titles of the people who perform the functions necessary to do this should be. When I think of design, I think of determining what a site should look like. Robbins thinks that web design is about coding the documents that will ultimately be displayed in a browser window. That's what this book is about, and I'll use her definition in the future.

Web sites are prepared by creating a document in a form that web browsers can translate into something that can be presented on a monitor screen using a special set of symbols called Hyper Text Markup Language (HTML). "Learning Web Design" teaches the reader how to use this language to develop a site.

The book introduces broad concepts and then shows the specific language necessary to create content, neatly organized into chapters that deal with text, links, images, tables, and forms. Next the author discusses the use of Cascading Style Sheets (CSS), which is the current method of giving form to the content that allows smaller, quicker loading, and easier-to-change documents. Each chapter presents the basic concepts, walks the reader through exercises that apply the concepts, and then presents a review and test to make sure the reader grasps the chapter. Documents to work on are easily downloaded from a dedicated web site. While the lessons provide the basic information necessary to create a web site, Robbins generously sprinkles the chapters with references to web sites that examine more complex issues for those interested in learning more or developing special applications.
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87 of 104 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Beginners review of this book October 20, 2008
As from the title, i am a beginner of HTML and CSS. I am reading books to help me have a better understanding of web design when i go to learn Dreamweaver and Flash. If you have read my other review on "Sams Teach yourself HTML and CSS" I bought these two books and i am rating them against one another on how well i learned something since they are the only two books i have read at this time. Because it is alot of info, i will indicate the pros and cons of this book:

Pros of this book:
1. The book is in color compared to "HTML and CSS in 24 hours".
2. The exercises are fun and there are alot in this book.

Cons on this book:
1. I think this book hardly covers any area compared to HTML and CSS in 24 hours".
2. This book is over priced for what better quality you get out of the 24 hour book"
3. Her appendix on code in the back of the book is only 2 pages long, thats a joke compared to how much code is out there and the 24 hour book has 10+ pages of code to help you out.
4. The chapters arent laid out well.

Overall, compared to most books, i think this book was ok by only the excerises that were in the book and it to be a decent hands on book. Do i think this book is for beginners, yes, but it only scratchs the surface. If you want a good reference guide, i would recommend "HTML and CSS in 24 hours" because when it is rated between those two books, the other book is soooooo much better, read my review on it to help you better.
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28 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Introductory and Refresher Text August 19, 2007
By Larry
So, you want to learn how to design web pages and sites. Well, the title suggests you came to the right place. Did you? In my opinion, yes. The book covers the basics of HTML and XHTML, along with the CSS necessary to show it off.
It's amazing how much - and how quickly - web design has changed over the last few years. If you're new to the party, this book explains the current best practices in a clear manner. If you haven't kept up, this book will prove to be a good refresher course.
The text is concise and clean, and the use of colors and a multitude of sidebars really enhance the learning experience. There is a strong emphasis on the separation of content (XHTML) and presentation (CSS), which, as we all know by now, is a good thing.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Recent Book Order
i am grateful for the book because it was such a good learning model, but more grateful for the ease in which I was able to order it. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Juan Pablo Calderon
5.0 out of 5 stars O'Reilly Learning Web Design 3rd Edition
Wasn't looking bought 3rd Edition after staring 4th Edition through library. Still very good book. Only through the first few chapters,
Starts out very slow, doesn't assume... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Howard Schnirman
5.0 out of 5 stars The best book in my Library
I use this for a reference over and over again. It's clear and precise. Whether you are learning for the first time or just need a refresher or reference guide.
Published 4 months ago by Linda
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect!
This book was in perfect condition and just what i needed for the class. There was no highlighting or damages
Published 4 months ago by Christina Burke
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Book, Good Reference
I'm bought the book for an online community college web design course. The book is required, but is a good reference to go along with w3 schools online resources.
Published 6 months ago by Carloantonio A. Oliver
5.0 out of 5 stars Wrong Book, but Amazon fixed it
Please note this edition is an older edition of the book. It does not cover html5. There is a newer 4th Edition that does. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Ken Crocker
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book for leaning HTML
I have found this book to be a great resource! Has helped me learn HTML quickly. I didn't have any experience with HTML before I got this book. Goes great with class!
Published 11 months ago by Denver Fortner
5.0 out of 5 stars Great for beginners!
This book is a great beginner guide for web design. Especially HTML and CSS design. I would recommend it to anyone wanting to start with the basics!
Published 11 months ago by Jason Mitchell
5.0 out of 5 stars Great for starters. Give this to your teenager.
Okay. This is a must book for those who want to create more than one web page. Do every exercise in this book and then you are ready to do the Adobe Dreamweaver tutorial on YouTube... Read more
Published 12 months ago by Sheryl
5.0 out of 5 stars what we needed
This was just what we needed, My wife needed this for her work to set up a web link at work
Published 12 months ago by Dana Schroll
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