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Sams Teach Yourself Web Publishing with HTML and CSS in One Hour a Day: Includes New HTML5 Coverage (6th Edition) 6th Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-0672330964
ISBN-10: 0672330962
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From the Back Cover

Sams Teach Yourself Web Publishing with HTML and CSS in One Hour a Day, Sixth Edition is the latest edition of the worldwide bestseller. The entire book has been thoroughly revised and refined to include new detailed coverage of HTML5, the next major revision of the core language of the World Wide Web, HTML. Work on the HTML5 specification is still ongoing, but parts of HTML5 are already being implemented in new versions of Microsoft Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Safari and Opera.

About the Author

Laura Lemay is the world's most popular author on HTML and web development topics. In addition to the best-selling Teach Yourself Web Publishing books, and she is also co-author of Teach Yourself Java in 21 Days and Teach Yourself Perl in 21 Days. Rafe Colburn is a programmer and author working in North Carolina. He is the author of Special Edition Using SQL and Sams Teach Yourself CGI in 24 Hours and co-author of Sams Teach Yourself Perl in 21 Days.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 768 pages
  • Publisher: Sams Publishing; 6 edition (September 3, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0672330962
  • ISBN-13: 978-0672330964
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 1.5 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #958,200 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Timothy Walker VINE VOICE on January 25, 2011
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Laura Lemay has been writing "Teach Yourself" titles on web development topics for more than 15 years now, several of which I have read, enjoyed, and learned from. Having finished this updated edition of her "Web Publishing", I am happy to recommend it to HTML novices, but not without criticism and caveats.

THE GOOD: The first two parts of the book constitute a solid HTML primer written in a friendly, "only as technical as is necessary" style, moving into more complex web programming topics in later chapters. Best practices and compliance with the emerging HTML5 standard are emphasized throughout the short self-study lessons. Further, the closing sections of the book provide sound "real world" advice on topics like hosting, marketing, and publishing platforms.

THE IFFY: I felt that CSS was introduced rather clumsily, as if the authors took their old HTML 3.2 lessons and swapped in CSS code for the deprecated visual markup tags. Will confused newcomers persevere until Lesson 13 when the big picture is finally explained?

THE NOT-SO-GOOD: Visiting my local bookstore confirmed that the minor (but fairly frequent) syntax and spelling errors were not confined to my review copy. Less forgivable is the reference to Appendix B, "HTML Quick Reference", on page 150. Appendix B does not exist.

BOTTOM LINE: On page 538, the authors state that "visitors aren't going to have much patience if your web page is poorly organized or full of spelling errors." Again on page 543, "Spelling errors and bad grammar reflect badly on you, on your work, and on the content you're describing. It may be irritating enough that your visitors won't bother to delve any deeper... even if the subject you're writing about is fascinating." Applying these stated standards to the book, I would encourage Ms. Lemay and Mr. Colburn to demand an apology from their publisher.
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Having been a Web developer a while back, I wanted a reference book that serves as a refresher on HTML (Hypertext Markup Language) and CSS (Cascading Style Sheets) -- and this book fits the bill perfectly. However, for someone who has no prior knowledge of HTML and CSS, this book comes up a little short. While it may be quite comprehensive in the topics it covers, it lacks a certain cohesiveness that would allow a beginner to use it as a practical guide for real world Web publishing. First, let's talk organization.

- Organization
This book has made a heroic effort to be comprehensive by attempting to cover everything from basic topics (e.g. tables, forms) to intermediate topics (e.g. embedding videos, absolute vs relative position, layers) to more advanced topics (e.g. Javascript [arrays, data types, loops, etc.], relational databases, server-side programming). That's all well and good, but it sometimes goes into so much of the nitty-gritty details that a beginner can easily lose sight of the complete picture. I feel it would be much better if the book had given a birds-eye view to get a beginner up to speed with the overall framework of a Web page before it went into the details.

- Practicality
The book barely touches on some important topics such as WYSIWYG editors (WYSIWYG is the acronym for "What You See Is What You Get" - pronounced wis-see-wig). *Real world* Web publishing use WYSIWYG editors (such as Adobe Dreamweaver) and other tools to expedite the development of Web sites. Hand-coding Web pages from scratch is almost never done.
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I got this book for my husband, who was interested in learning HTML5 so he could help design our company's website and so he might in the future get a job as an HTML5 and CSS programmer. As you might know, there's a lot of demand in the jobs market right now for people who are good at writing code for mobile devices. Here is his review:

I learned the basics of web publishing when it first came round with the original version of HTML, but I haven't used it in a while, and I've forgotten much of what I had learned. I decided it was time for a refresher and time to find out what CSS is. I chose this book because it was going to let me in on the secret of CSS (Cascading Style Sheets). This seems to be the IN thing associated with HTML.

The book starts off with an easy introduction to the web, browsers, and website hosting. I already knew most of this, so it was quick reading. The real lessons start in chapter three with an introduction to HTML. The book understands that many readers may have learned previous versions of HTML (Hyper Text Markup Language), so they often show codes that were previously used and what version 5 has replaced them with.

The chapters have code examples that can be read or tried, and end with a summary, workshop, Q&A and a quiz.

I co-own a company that makes e-books, among other things, and they are also in HTML code nowadays. Even though I have programs that help me put the e-books together, understanding the HTML means I can fault find errors and make the e-books do fun things to be more interactive. This book has helped me a little in that regard, although I don't know if I have the skills to produce a high-quality picture-book app.
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