- Paperback: 456 pages
- Publisher: Peachpit Press; 6 edition (August 26, 2006)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0321430840
- ISBN-13: 978-0321430847
- Product Dimensions: 7.1 x 0.8 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars See all reviews (181 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #147,131 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author
Elizabeth Castro has written all five best-selling editions of HTML for the World Wide Web: Visual QuickStart Guide. She is also author of Perl and CGI for the World Wide Web: Visual QuickStart Guide and XML for the World Wide Web: Visual QuickStart Guide—both best-sellers! Liz was the technical editor for Peachpit’s The Macintosh Bible, Fifth Edition, and she founded Pagina Uno, a publishing house in Barcelona, Spain.
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I suspect the author was handicapped by the publishing style used in the "Visual Quickstart Guide" titles. That style divides each page into two columns. The outside column is used for the main explanatory text, while the gutter column displays examples--typically screen captures and/or code snippets--that illustrate the concepts discussed in the accompanying text. When I first encountered this format in one of their books on XML, I rather liked it, but the enchantment quickly faded. Structuring content such that each topic should fit in the limited space of a single column on a page just doesn't work for me. Some topics in Castro's book deserved more space; e.g., divs, forms, float, position. Limiting the code to snippets short and small enough to fit in a narrow gutter column also restricts the author's ability to properly display relevant code. The Murach books use a similar design, but it works much better; their books are a larger format and they use facing pages instead of hamstringing the authors by dividing each page into two narrow columns.
I was also disappointed in not being able to find any way to post errata on the book's website; there were several I found that were not listed in the official posted errata. I enjoyed the treatment of podcasts and rss feeds at the end of the book, although those subjects seemed a bit off-topic. The last quarter of the book is devoted to a reasonably good HTML reference but, since that kind of information is readily available online, I think the space could have been used more profitably by expanding the coverage of HTML core concepts.
Because of the uneven pace of instruction, the cramped presentation, and limited coverage of important layout techniques, I think this book would not be one I would recommend to someone new to HTML markup. However, I attribute the shortcomings more to the publisher than the author.
This was the first edition with full-color images, which proved immensly helpful when identifying code of note and their contex. Instruction is well spoken and laid out. Castro has a mellow, consistent, and clearly knowledgeable voice. While I did not make use of her paired [...] website referenced in the text, it is up as of the March 2014 date of this review and it is nice to know it is there if a topic is really stumping me.
There were a few small coding and copy errors and HTML 5 is the language of today, but this book covers what is still the essence of the internet and site building, and is an classic text in the developer's library. If you're a self-learner and can handle the tedious nature of writing code for the world wide web, pick this up and read at your own pace.
I've bought the 4th, 5th and 6th editions of this book and I love them all. I've given several away to people just starting out.
Here's why I love the series. I don't learn so well by going thru a step by step process to build a teacher's product. But rather, I know what I want a page to look like in the end and I want to build THAT page. I start with a general idea of what kinds of code might be required. And this book has the best index I've ever seen in a technical book.
While the code examples in the book are kinda small, if you really need to see them more clearly, they're all on line.
Or if you like to learn in order, I also recommend Head First HTML with CSS & XHTML. The examples are bigger and the pictures more engaging! And, you might nee d both as there is some stuff that's included in one book or the other. I've followed along in the HeadFirst books and learned a great deal. But if I want to look something up, the index in the HeadFirst books just isn't as good as the one in Elizabeth Castro's.
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