- Paperback: 624 pages
- Publisher: O'Reilly Media; 4 edition (August 24, 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1449319270
- ISBN-13: 978-1449319274
- Product Dimensions: 8 x 1.3 x 9.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 3.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (217 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #11,898 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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How This Book Is Organized
Part I: Getting Started
Part I lays a foundation for everything that follows in the book. I start off with some important general information about the web design environment, including the various roles you might play, the technologies you might learn, and tools that are available to you. You’ll get your feet wet right away with HTML and CSS and learn how the Web and web pages generally work. I’ll also introduce you to some Big Concepts that get you thinking the way modern web designers think about their craft.
Part II: HTML for Structure
The chapters in Part II cover the nitty-gritty of every element and attribute available to give content semantic structure, including the new elements introduced in HTML5. We’ll cover the markup for text, links, images, tables, and forms. Part II closes out with an in-depth discussion of HTML5 and how it differs from previous standards.
Part III: CSS for Presentation
In the course of Part III, you’ll go from learning the basics of using Cascading Style Sheets for changing the presentation of text to creating multicolumn layouts and even adding time-based animation and interactivity to the page. It also addresses common CSS techniques, including how to create a page using Responsive Web Design.
Part V: Creating Web Graphics
Part V introduces the various file formats that are appropriate for the Web and describes how to optimize them to make their file size as small as possible.
About the Author
Jennifer Niederst Robbins was one of the first designers for the Web. As the designer of O'Reilly's Global Network Navigator (GNN), the first commercial web site, she has been designing for the Web since 1993. She is the author of the bestselling "Web Design in a Nutshell" (O'Reilly), and has taught web design at the Massachusetts College of Art in Boston and Johnson and Wales University in Providence. She has spoken at major design and Internet events including SXSW Interactive, Seybold Seminars, the GRAFILL conference (Geilo, Norway), and one of the first W3C International Expos.
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I teach introductory Web Page Design to design students at Madison College in Madison, WI. This is the textbook I require my students to buy.
More important to me and my very visual students, the book is well designed (a rarity in books about web design/development). The page layout and images used make the book's information easier to understand and make the book fun to sit down and read.
Learning Web Design is a great tool for my students, and I'm sure it serves them as a great reference as they enter their careers.
If you already know some of the material and want a refresher on the latest (such as HTML5), simply go to the 'test yourself' section at the end of each chapter. The core of the book is the HTML and CSS content. It nicely explains what it's new in HTML5.
HTML5: the book tells you what to do for browsers that do not support HTML5. It is to the point in just what you need to know. It includes enough for the video tag but not too much. If you need to go deep into canvas tag, get another book.
CSS: the book gives you strategies for page layout, and covers nice stuff such as round corners, transitions, transformations, animations. Finally I was able to fully understand a number of CSS techniques that I have used in my sites.
The book is big and pretty, in the same way that you can learn genetics online, we all know that the best is to get a genetics book and read through it. Similarly here, you wont regret getting the hard-copy, it is similar to a traditional college book (definitely less pricey than a genetics book). The reader can be a newbie or skilled person in web page design. Newbie will learn in a 'clean' way, the skilled person will refresh/learn how to correctly use HTML5 tags and CSS.
Disclaimer: I was provided with a copy of the book from O'Reilly for review.
Lots of exercises and code to replicate along with great lists and table of syntax to use as a quick reference when you are stuck or need assistance. Hits all the key concepts & skills to provide you with a solid foundation to build off. Great to use with online learning so that you don't need to take notes.
The only negative is that it is a little dated and best practices change quickly, so you learn the fundamentals which is great, but the real world would call your code ugly and probably laugh at you (but the code will work). Worry about the style later and learn the basics.