- Paperback: 400 pages
- Publisher: Apress; 1st ed. edition (December 17, 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1430216069
- ISBN-13: 978-1430216063
- Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 1 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 15 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,318,783 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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HTML and CSS Web Standards Solutions: A Web Standardistas' Approach 1st ed. Edition
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HTML and CSS Web Standards Solutions is written in clear and easily understood language (easily understood for what it is, of course!). It is a step-by-step guide which will in the end give the aspirant a real foundation in how to design a website. The homework assignments are meaningful and in the end you produce a sample website whose principles are readily transferable to the kind of skills one needs to make his or her own personal website.
Having an extremely basic and limited knowledge of HTML/CSS before reading this book, I have had a series of "aha!" moments where I understand not only the dry theory (what was covered in other books), but the practical why you do things the way the author's suggest inn addition to the necessary nuts and bolts theory. This is an invaluable approach which takes the reader way beyond the usual "do as I say" format to understanding why you do certain things and why you don't do others. In the end you are able to think for yourself when you design a website and not just follow a formula or set of instructions.
I am making steady, and relatively painless progress thanks to the HTML and CSS Web Standards Solutions book. While the same topics are covered in many similar books, they are not, IMHO, covered as well, as clearly, or as comprehensively, as they are here.
Hats off to the authors for a five-star job!
It teaches XHTML emphasizing standards that will allow any website you build to be available to all browsers and includes information on how to make your website easy for those who use audio or other types of aides. You learn how to make clean, clear and well structured websites and all in XHTML with style sheets.
A chapter on how to look for an ISP to host your site as well as recommendations on software, either free or at a relatively low cost as extremely helpful.
I recommend this title for anyone who wants to build their own websites without the cost of purchasing expensive proprietary software. Become a Web Standardista today.
This book does that and more.
The authors are professors but their tone is anything but dry. They're friendly but keep the content of each chapter rich with info, humor and advice on how to make use of it right away rather than wait to see some grand picture. The first half of the book introduces HTML but not as a grammar lesson. Rather it's always in the context of the kind of content you want to get out there and what the right tool (i.e.: tag) for the job is. The second half of the book explains how to style this content without any graphics intensive understanding. They show tableless one column and two column layouts and explain the various pitfalls beginners may have when attempting to set these up. There are also troubleshooting techniques explained (html and css validating, lurid palette to reveal what the divs in your document are actually doing...).
The book also lives up to the "standardista" claim. There are constant explanations of standards when it comes to using lists, tables (for tabular data), <strong> vs. <em>'s, <link> vs. @import and a host of other confusing road forks are covered in plain english with an eye toward the practical but standard compliant approach.
The companion site is excellent. Practically every example is shown there, so one can always look and compare to see that he or she is getting to where the authors want him to get.
I feel very enriched by the material and less nervous about tackling more advanced books on the subject of web design and web content.
Easy to follow
Quick book to finish
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If you are new to web design, or have only worked with WYSIWYG web software before, this won't be the only book you need on your shelf, but reading it first will make it much easier to understand all the others.