- Paperback: 470 pages
- Publisher: SitePoint; 1 edition (December 8, 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0980455278
- ISBN-13: 978-0980455274
- Product Dimensions: 7 x 1 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (57 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,005,249 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author
Ian Lloyd runs accessify.com, a web accessibility site that he started in 2002, and has written or co-written a number of web development books. Ian was previously a member of the Web Standards Project and is a regular speaker at web development conferences, including the highly regarded South By Southwest (SXSW) and @media events.
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Top Customer Reviews
What I like about the book are:
It's generally got a great flow [one exception below - ch.8] and has very good explanations for how HTML & CSS are used together to make well designed web pages. The text easily moves from the basic (html tags) to novice (basic CSS) and then more advanced topics like adding graphics, positioning, using tables, and implementing forms. The content is provided in a very accessible way that builds upon previous learnings. And the information is presented in a fashion that most newcomers to web design/publishing can easily understand.
The main caveats I have with the book are:
I would have moved the content of Chapter 8 into Chapter 1. It would be helpful for readers to know about web hosting and connecting to said host before attempting to publish their pages. To my mind this is definitely a "Setting Up Shop" activity - in fact I'd have these tasks prerequisite to those in Chapter 1. What's the point of creating web pages if you have no where to post them for others to see?
A possibly bigger issue is that Chapter 9 "Adding a Blog..." is nearly useless now that Blogger no longer supports FTP publishing (announced in Feb 2010 and unsupported as of May 2010). Including an entire chapter that has a "single point of failure," such as relying on a singular service that's avail. today to be around tomorrow doesn't seem like very good planning to me. It would've been nice if another, more generic alternative were presented (such as just linking to one's Blogger or Wordpress blog and how to configure them so they at least look similar, if not integrated).
It's still a pretty good book, and I'm going to use it for the class, with strong warnings about the fallability of XHTML. In class, we're going to use HTML 4.01 Strict.
Because I had to wait a little while for the 2nd edition I was granted a free pdf download of the 1st edition so that I could start right away. I want to make a case here for this format. A few advantages:
- It's easy because in this case you're behind your computer anyway
- The pdf is in colour whereas the book is greyscaled
- I found it very easy to cut and paste the html code into the files
- It's probably cheaper
With regard to the 2nd edition major changes are in the chapters that deal with online services (for instance form processing, webhosting) because they change rapidly. Also it must be said that it misses the 57 pages HTML reference of the 1st edition, probably to promote sale of the reference by the same author. Also the layout changed a little.
- It misses a HTML reference. After you finish this book you definitely know how and where to start with building your own website but I still feel you need some kind of reference to know all possibilities (for instance all possible attributes and values)
- I found the book sometimes just a little too funny for my taste
- When it comes to recommending books it too often recommends books of the same publisher, whereas some other books received much higher ratings with Amazon
Also, the site that you make with the book kind of seems cheesy especially at first. Just stick it out, because you'll see how it comes together from ugly to decent. Then when you're done, keep the code around as a basic template and build your own site. Even if it the same layout, you can change the colors and obviously the content. Here are some sites that give you the binary color codes (you'll realize why you need these if you have no idea now) and patterns to use for backgrounds, etc.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I purchased this book sometime ago and finally got around to reading it. Unfortunately the only code you can download as of December 2014 is for the 3rd edition.Read more