A complete and comprehendable reference,
This review is from: HTML & CSS: The Complete Reference, Fifth Edition (Complete Reference Series) (Paperback)
My husband, a software engineer, recommended this book. He and his colleagues have found this series to be excellent. Of course, I didn't take his word for it and flipped through more than a dozen books available at a nearby book store before I agreed with him.
Around the year 2000 I began computer programming with a CGI course that had a pre-requisite of HTML. I had no HTML experience but figured I could learn it along the way. I did, using a different book that is no longer on my bookshelf and is now out of print.
Now I need a book like this one to help me edit my ebay/Auctiva listings. Auctiva uses div and span tags which were new to me. I quickly eliminated most of the HTML books because the word "span" wasn't in the index. This book not only has the word in the index, "span" has its own line in the table of contents, and the book gives the most wonderful explanation via a quick glance and thorough text. One of the books I left on the bookstore shelf gave "span" one brief, meaningless definition in the tiny chapter at the end titled "Advanced HTML".
I see that a number of people recommended this book as beginners in conjunction with a course. I also recommend it as one you can "grow into" as it goes beyond the basics.
I almost gave it 4 stars for lacking a color chart, but I'd rather play with html-color-codes.info, and copy and paste the hexadecimal color code. This book covers color very well, but in text with black-and-white charts, not full-color ones.
This book deserves 5 stars for offering a balance of text to study while reclining, and elements to use while at your keyboard.