7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Good up-to-date guide for new web developers,
This review is from: HTML and CSS Web Standards Solutions: A Web Standardistas' Approach (Paperback)
HTML and CSS Web Standards Solutions reads like a textbook, and it should: the authors are both lecturers at the University of Ulster at Belfast, and have worked to create web development courses that use the most modern standards-based techniques for creating well-crafted websites. This approach makes the book and excellent choice for a newcomer to website coding, and is one of the best, most up-to-date examples I have seen of the details of creating standards-based websites from scratch.
The first several chapters are dedicated to HTML and an explanation of why good semantic markup is important for organization, accessibility and search engine optimization. Each chapter builds on the last and provides details about every HTML tag and why you would use them. There are no hands on, step-by-step examples, but each chapter does include several code examples with matching browser screen shots, and a "homework" assignment at the end where the reader is challenged to apply what they have learned. There's even a chapter on setting up your own domain name and uploading your website to a server.
The remainder of the book is dedicated to the art of using carefully crafted CSS styles to transform plain HTML into a well-designed web page. Although web designers already familiar with CSS might not find anything new or unique here, a new designer unfamiliar with Cascading Style Sheets will find an excellent presentation of the proper process for building up a stylesheet. Basic typographic principles, multi-column layout schemes, and creative use of background images to solve unique design problems are covered with solid code and appropriate examples.
Those looking for advanced CSS ideas or new standards-based approaches to creative techniques won't find them here, but those looking for a solid foundation in the correct, most up-to-date methods for building modern websites will benefit from this book.