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HTML For Dummies 3rd Edition

3.9 out of 5 stars 48 customer reviews
ISBN-13: 078-5555502147
ISBN-10: 076450214X
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The entire "For Dummies" series is no insult -- these are consistently some of the best introductions to their topics available. For beginners, even using an HTML editor is daunting. In clear language and with a dose of humor at every turn, the authors lead you through creating a web page, making it shine and taming some of the trickier aspects of web pages like CGI programming. The cartoons sprinkled throughout the book are marvelous. Don't miss the "Top Ten HTML Dos and Don'ts" or "Ten Design Desiderata." --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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"This book is always next to my computer as my #1 reference!" — Mark Reeves, Havertown, PA, on HTML For Dummies®, 2nd Edition "This book made the idea of writing a Web page believable!" — Cornelia Cree, Office Manager, Asheville, NC, on HTML For Dummies®, 2nd Edition

Free HTML "Cheat Sheet" Inside!

This friendly reference unravels the Web authoring process and makes it possible for neophytes to build and publish attractive, interesting Web pages with ease. With the newly revised HTML For Dummies®, 3rd Edition, anyone can explore the ins and outs of HyperText Markup Language (HTML) and gain the know-how to design compelling Web pages in a flash! Valuable Bonus CD Includes:

  • HTML Transit converts existing word-processing documents into HTML documents
  • HTMLed Pro 2.0 is an HTML editor with advanced features such as spell checking and image mapping
  • BBEdit Lite for Macintosh and HomeSite for Windows 95 Shareware programs, to help create dazzling Web pages
  • Plus, HTML page templates from the authors, ready to be filled out and used
Shareware programs are fully functional, free trial versions of copyrighted programs. If you like a particular program, register with its author for a nominal fee and receive licenses, enhanced versions, and technical support. System Requirements: PC, UNIX, or Macintosh; and a CD-ROM drive; and a Web browser

Inside, find helpful advice on how to:

  • Discover the latest HTML tags, syntax, and extensions to build dynamic Web pages
  • Use HTML text, images, animations, and multimedia to give your Web pages impact and flair
  • Understand the Web publishing process from design through maintenance
  • Uncover reviews of Web authoring tools, including software for Windows, Macintosh, and UNIX
  • Apply helpful HTML style and layouts tips to build better-looking Web pages
  • Find out where the best HTML resources reside and how to use them online and offline
  • Plus, Ed and Steve's Top Ten Lists:
    • Ten HTML dos and don'ts
    • Ten ways to kill Web bugs dead
    • Ten tips to help you decide whether to buy or build your own Web service
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Product Details

  • Series: For Dummies
  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: For Dummies; 3 edition (July 7, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 076450214X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0764502149
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 1 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #565,918 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This was the first web design-related book I ever bought. I now own a fairly successful web design company and my collection has expanded to about 30 books. My very first exposure to HTML was through a bunch of online tutorials from all over the place where I learned very basic HTML. I needed to buy a book for two reasons: 1) I wanted to learn more advanced features like tables, frames and forms and 2) I was sick of running all over the web to find everything I wanted, I needed one single resource. Well, this book certainly did the trick.
Tittle and James do a great job at first bringing the reader up to speed on the internet which, as we all know, is the environment of HTML pages. Then they went into an introduction of HTML basics which is the part I skipped because, as I said before, I had already learned that stuff online. Then it was on to the most valuable section of the book: a complete list of the "HTML tag team" and a complete listing of the entire ISO-Latin-1 character set. You have no idea how many times I refer back to these sections every day. They are worth the $20 alone. Then they covered the advanced topics such as tables, frames and forms and grouped them all together in the same general area of the book which was convenient because those were the main topics I set out looking for. Towards the end, they give some very useful tips on coding and design that will help in any project you do.
The only 2 other books on HTML that are worth your money are HTML Goodies by Joe Burns and HTML 4: A Visual Quickstart Guide by Elizabeth Castro. I would reccomend any and all of these three as they all have their own strong and weak points.
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I am a seasoned web developer and I cut my teeth on this book years ago. It is a perfect way to go from knowing nothing to knowing enough to get a basic site up and running. The title says for DUMMIES, thus it assumes you know virtually NOTHING about HTML. Most people who didn't like this book already knew about HTML.

I have been reading tech/web books for years now and its safe to say that this is a great place to begin and to use as a reference until you are ready to get into more complex designing and development.

I started reading this book and within eight hours I had my first web page up for the world to see. There is no greater feeling than publishing for the first time! Enjoy the journey!
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I was given this book as a gift and promptly returned it. To but it bluntly, this book is subpar with respect to its competition. In its place I purchased Elizabeth Castro's "HTML For The World Wide Web 4". Castro's book is an excellent reference and a great value. Then I came across Joe Burns' "HTML Goodies" and my search ended for a SUPERIOR beginner's book on HTML. Burn's book is a peerless product in terms of content, presentation, value and his uncanny ability to clearly communicate. Don't be fooled by that slick yellow/black cover. Seek out Burns' and Castro's books and at $35.00 for the PAIR you'll be happy, hapy, happy.
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By A Customer on April 18, 1997
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I can do just about anything on a computer but program, so I was worried about learning the HTML language. Thanks to this book, I learned HTML quickly. The disk included with the book also was a big help, since it gave me lots of references to help me with tough coding. I now have several Web pages up and running, but I make sure to keep the book handy for a quick reference. Highly recommended!
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This book took me from screwing around on adobe pagemill to creating my church webpage even before it was finished!Thank you. Also, don't consider yourself a dummy for buying this book!
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Despite detractors, this book is structured well to skim for an overview, and dip into sections required to do specific tasks.
I used the 2nd edition over a 10 day period to learn HTML, and design a website with scanned content, bespoke images (using Corel Photo), more than 500 hyperlinks (laboriously found through lots of search engine use), and create a well structured site that 5 years later still works well (with content additions by present webmasters). This book also proved useful in teaching masters engineering students about html & cgi basics, for use in developing intranet demonstrators in industry.
The key strength is that you understand the basics without relying on packages like Frontpage or Office2000 to "bloat" up webpages unnecessarily. Overall a good basic text and web building block, to be read with something like "Futurize Your Enterprize" by David Siegel to inspire passion in web-pure-play businesses.
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This was my first "Dummies" book, so perhaps I did not know what to expect. I was expecting a "how-to" book with lots of worked examples. This was not it. (BTW: My 12-yr old daughter put this down even faster than I did! She wanted to know how to create webpages. This did not do it for her.)
The first 4-5 chapters were boring essays on the history of the web and html. At 90 pages in length, Chapter 6 is apparently the heart of the book. This chapter is basically a HTML manual. It describes all HTML commands using a variant of BNF. Very few examples are given. There is a CD that comes with the book that supposedly contains worked examples. The few that I looked up were not detailed enough for me to infer the patterns.
Chapters 7-22 were short overly general sections discussing various issues. I did like chapter 15 on navigation aids. The end material on evaluating the usability of your website was even more vague (and a lot less entertaining) than a Jakob Nielsen lecture.
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