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3.0 out of 5 stars Good intro to standards-compliant web design, May 26, 2005
This review is from: Spring Into HTML and CSS (Paperback)
"Spring Into HTML and CSS" is another in the series of quick primers from Pearson Education, Inc. about contemporary technologies, designed for non-professional website designers and developers. The author is described as one the "top 25 most influential women on the Internet", having 30 books to her credit as well as being an influential thinker.

What is called "HTML" here really means "XHTML" and this book is one of a number currently promoting standards-compliant web design using XHTML and CSS. Like the others in this series, this book is written for quick reading of short 1-2 page "chunks" detailing one of a large handful of topics related to contemporary webpage design promoting adherence to the World Wide Web Consortium standards and will have its most value for less-technically experienced web designers..

Ms. Holzschlag starts right from the top - describing the logical construction of a web page using the now-required "Document Data-Type" header and proceeding through the usual Head section to other page objects. These objects include text paragraphs, links, images, media, and tables which are styled with CSS. Basic CSS concepts are explained and examples of styling include styling text and tables, forms, layouts, positioning and more.

Nearly every page contains sidebars of related items, illustrations, or code examples. Strangely, some of the examples involve color settings for backgrounds, lines and text but the illustrations are all gray-scale color. No matter, as the examples are simple and clear enough. There is appropriate note of browser-compatibility issues and how to work around them.

The 13 chapters are supplemented by long, comprehensive annotated references of XHTML 1.0 and CSS 2.1, containing over 70 pages all together. Downloadable code examples are available at (...).

This is a light introduction to the subject matter with fast-paced writing and is well-populated with examples.
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