- Paperback: 576 pages
- Publisher: Sams; 7 edition (December 24, 2005)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0672328410
- ISBN-13: 978-0672328411
- Product Dimensions: 7 x 1.1 x 9.1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 62 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,408,550 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author
Dick Oliver has brought his unique and ful writing style to a several web and graphics books from Sams Publishing, including Web Page Wizardry and Tricks of the Graphics Gurus. He is the president of Cedar Software and publishes the online newsletter, Nonlinear Nonsense.
Michael Morrison is a writer, software developer, toy inventor, and author of a variety of Sams Publishing books, including the previous edition of this book, Sams Teach Yourself HTML and XHTML in 24 Hours and the second and third editions of Sams Teach Yourself XML in 24 Hours.
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Put Your HTML Page Online Today
In 2005, it is estimated that approximately 900 million people will have accessed the Internet, including 188 million in the U.S. alone. Throw in 58 million Japanese users, 45 million German users, 35 million British users, 18 million Russian users, and 17 million Canadians, and you can see the meaning of the word "world" in "World Wide Web." Along with all of these people who use the Internet, there are also quite a few people cranking out new content for the Web. Although accurate measurements of the total number of web pages are difficult to come by, the popular search engine Google reports having indexed more than 4 billion web pages as of late 2005.
In the next 24 hours, tens of thousands of new web pages will be posted in publicly accessible areas of the Internet. At least as many pages will be placed on private intranets, where they will be viewed by businesspeople connected to local networks. Every one of those pageslike the 4 billion pages already onlinewill use Hypertext Markup Language, or HTML.
If you read on, your web pages will be among those that appear on the Internet in the next 24 hours. This will also be the day that you acquire one of the most valuable skills in the world today: mastery of HTML.
Can you really learn to create top-quality web pages yourself, without any specialized software, in less time than it takes to schedule and wait for an appointment with a highly paid HTML wizard? Can this thin, easy-to-read book really enable you to teach yourself state-of-the-art web page publishing?
Yes. In fact, within two hours of starting this book, someone with no previous HTML experience at all can have a web page ready to place on the Internet's World Wide Web.
How can you learn the language of the Web so fast? By example. This book breaks HTML down into simple steps that anyone can learn quickly, and shows you exactly how to tackle each step. Every HTML example is pictured directly above the web page it will produce. You see it done, you read a brief, plain-English explanation of how it works, and you immediately do the same thing with your own page. Ten minutes later, you're on to the next step.
The next day, you're marveling at your own impressive pages on the Internet.
This book isn't just about HTML because HTML isn't the only thing you need to know to create web pages today. My goal is to give you all the skills you need in order to create a stunning, state-of-the-art web site in just 24 short, easy lessons. I've received literally thousands of email messages from readers telling me that the earlier editions of this book achieved that goal better than any other book available.
Go ahead and scan the bookstore shelves. You'll discover that the book you're holding now is the only one on the market that covers all the following key skills and technologies in plain English that even beginners will understand:
XHTML (Extended Hypertext Markup Language) and XML (eXtensible Markup Language) are the new standards for web page creation. Every example in this book (and on the accompanying web site) is fully XHTML and XML compatible, so you won't have to relearn anything as XHTML and XML replace old-fashioned HTML.
At the same time, all the examples you'll learn here have been tested for compatibility with the latest version of every major web browser. That includes Microsoft Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Opera, and Safari. You'll learn from the start to be compatible with the past, yet ready for the future.
There is extensive coverage of Cascading Style Sheets (CSS), which allow you to carefully control the layout, fonts, colors, and formatting of every aspect of your web pages, including both text and images. When it comes to creating eye-popping web pages, CSS goes far beyond what traditional HTML pages could do by themselves. For example, did you know that CSS allows you to specifically tailor the information on a page just for printing, in addition to normal web viewing?
Hours 7 through 10 teach you to design and create your own web page graphics (including animations) using industry-standard software you can download and try free. Creating graphics is the single most important part of producing a great-looking siteand one that most HTML books leave out.
Have you ever wished you could create a really slick item listing on eBay using HTML? Hour 20 shows you how to use your newfound HTML and CSS knowledge to create visually stunning eBay auction listings that will help you get maximum dollars for your auction sales.
You've probably heard about the blogging craze that has hit the Internet by storm. Hour 21 teaches you how to create your own blog and connect it to your personal web site. You'll be a bona fide blogger in no time!
The technical stuff is not enough, so I also include the advice you need when setting up a web site to achieve your real-world goals. Key detailsdesigning an effective page layout, posting your page to the Internet with FTP software, organizing and managing multiple pages, and getting your pages to appear high on the query lists at all the major Internet search sitesare all covered in enough depth to get you beyond the snags that often trip people up.
You may be aware that graphical web site editors such as Microsoft FrontPage and Macromedia DreamWeaver make web design accessible to people who don't know anything about HTMLbut these tools also make it more necessary than ever to understand HTML yourself so you can create pages that do exactly what you want and are easy to read and maintain. Throughout the book, I include notes telling you when the what-you-see-is-what-you-get editors are helpful and when you're better off coding the HTML yourself.
Note - Do you have existing web pages that you need to bring up-to-date so that they're compatible with the new standards? If so, Appendix D, "Migrating from HTML to XHTML," gives you complete, easy-to-follow instructions for converting HTML pages into XHTML.
Many of these essentials are what made the first six editions of this book nonstop bestsellers. For this edition, I've continued to incorporate the email feedback of thousands of readers to make every lesson easy, fast, and foolproof. I've also revised and updated the hands-on examples for you to experience online and modify to suit your own purposesnearly 300 sample pages in all. The color quick-reference sheets and updated reference appendixes are sure to keep this volume at your side long after you've become an experienced webmaster.
How to Use This Book
There are several ways to go through this book, and the best way for you depends on your situation. Here are five recommended options. Pick the one that matches your needs:
"I need to get some text on the Internet today. Then I can worry about making it look pretty later."
Read Hour 1, "Understanding HTML and XHTML."
Read Hour 2, "Create a Web Page Right Now."
Read Hour 4, "Publishing Your HTML Pages."
Put your first page on the Internet!
(Total work time: 24 hours)
Read the rest of the book, and update your pages as you learn more HTML.
"I need a basic web page with text and graphics on the Internet as soon as possible. Then I can work on improving it and adding more pages."
Read Hour 1, "Understanding HTML and XHTML."
Read Hour 2, "Create a Web Page Right Now."
Read Hour 7, "Creating Your Own Web Page Graphics."
Read Hour 8, "Putting Graphics on a Web Page."
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The sites I created were creationsbycrouch and huknowsphotography so far.
It isn't accessible any more. My sites are up and I've offered to make more sites for friends. I grow and learn daily and I'm having fun! I bought this book originally in kindle, which I like because I can listen to it with the text-to-speech function while I'm working out in the gym. The ideas kind of swim in my brain, but I found that when I was actually sitting by the computer, it helped to have a real paper version, so I bought a second copy of the book.
Simply put -- I LOVE THIS BOOK!!!
I also bought Flexible Web Design and Teach Yourself PHP and MySQL. The Flexible Web Design Book is awesome! My sites now scale from wide screen to tiny! I haven't started down the PHP path yet, but I'm looking forward to it.
Oliver & Morrison offered good advice on what to do and what not to do when designing a webpage, and they also explained why they make those suggestions, which certainly assists in making later judgement calls on topics they don't directly address.
I would also recommend O'Reilly's HTML/XHTML book, which has come in handy in clarifying a few points. However, this book is sufficient for anyone looking to put up realatively simple pages and is easier as an introduction (and more motivating) than O'Reilly's book. That is, buy this book first and buy O'Reilly's book if you have a desire to learn more about HTML.
I don't mind having this book available for checking things as I go, finding material in the book is relatively easy, and I found the information quite easy to remember. The activities are helpful and give enough to help the reader's understanding. I finished the book in about 16 hours, but it does remain to the fact that using this book you could indeed be writing HTML in only 24 1 hour lessons.
The CSS is a little light, it is mostly glossed over. Its covered but only just. I would recommend this book to somebody who needs to get a decent understanding of HTML in a hurry, and have the book to check back to, but its not perfect, I'm sure there are better books out there. If you need an in depth study of CSS I'd suggest looking elsewhere.
Authors of how to books must decided who they are writing for. In this case the authors chose to write to beginners, a category I don't personally fit neatly into. Each chapter is about twenty pages long and includes Q&A, quiz, and exercise sections. Each hour is intended to take an hour to read and complete the quizzes and exercises. However since I am not a beginner I find many sections require much less time. I don't feed the need to practice inserting an image onto a page when I already can accomplish the task.
But if I can already do the task, why read the hour? Well for starters, I'm not skillful enough to assume I know anything beyond the basics. Not only that, this book is teaching XHTML when and where it can. I may know how to insert an image, but making the code XHTML compliant is not something I was previously aware of. Not only can I add an image, but now I can easily explain the whys and hows to others if they should ask.
As I progressed through the hours, the subjects got more complex. Even so the chapters where presented and the subjects explained in an easy to understand manner. Each progressive hour builds on the previous ones, however if I wanted to, I could skip ahead to a different chapter and still be able to understand the lesson.
If you are a total beginner to HTML and CSS, this is the book to get. If you are not quite a beginner like I was, this book will take you to the next level. If you are an expert looking to brush up on your skills, look elsewhere. An expert may learn a thing or two from this book, but it is clearly not written for experts. As for me, I have no doubt this book has helped be become a better web master.
Very well written and structured in a way that promotes learning
In-depth discussions of CSS
Thorough list of subject matter
Worth every cent I paid and then some
Improved my skill level
I didn't get this book sooner
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