- Paperback: 547 pages
- Publisher: Wiley; 1 edition (February 27, 2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0470096284
- ISBN-13: 978-0470096284
- Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 1.3 x 9.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 3 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,341,802 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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From the Back Cover
Get on the fast track to creating your own Web site
Want to create a compelling Web site for a home business, family, or fun? Whether you're a student, aspiring designer, or entrepreneur, you can — with Dreamweaver® and this easy-to-follow guide. Gain solid skills as you go from station to station in a series of clear-cut tutorials that cover site planning, registering a domain, formatting, and more. The last stop? Put your new site online and go live! Start your journey today on The L Line.
- Define your goals and create a site plan
- Learn the best ways to combine HTML and Cascading Style Sheets
- Use layers, create forms, and make the site interactive
- Master Web standards and the latest search engine optimization techniques
All aboard for valuable online extras
Visit The L Line Web site at www.wiley.com/go/thelline for valuable online supplementary materials:
- Test bank with challenging review questions
- PowerPoint slides with chapter outlines
- Images and Web page files from the book
- Practice exam answers
- A CSS reference guide
Along The L Line
- Complete tutorial coverage with step-by-step instruction
- Ample illustrations and examples
- Real-world case studies, applications, and hints for avoiding pitfalls
- Practice exams that let you evaluate your progress
About the Author
Sue Jenkins is a Web designer, graphic designer, illustrator, teacher, and writer. For over ten years, she has provided Web and graphic design services to small and medium-sized businesses, consultants, writers, artists, and entrepreneurs through her company, Luckychair (www.luckychair.com). Jenkins designs and manufactures her own line of greeting cards and licenses her illustrations worldwide. Since 2004, she has been teaching courses in Macromedia Dreamweaver, Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Illustrator at the computer software training center, Noble Desktop, in New York City, and writing technical articles for the online e-zine, TechTrax. Sue recently moved with her son and husband, a philosophy professor, to Little Rock, Arkansas, from New York City.
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One of the major strengths as another reviewer points out is the presentation of the design phase i.e. who is the audience and how to appeal to them. This material is often lacking from other books.
While you may need other books to supplement this reference with respect to advanced coding, this will be all most people will need. Sue Jenkins is also the author of The Dreamweaver All-in-One Reference for Dummies, which is also an excellent, thorough presentation of what you need to know in plain and easy to understand language.
There is a balanced discussion between the design of a single web page and the overall layout of the entire website. For the former, graphics plays a big part, as you might expect. Two important packages, Illustrator and Photoshop, are considered, in which you can make the graphics. Both have more than adequate capabilities to do so. The text also teaches the basics about the different, common graphics formats - gif, jpeg and png. It suggests that you experiment with viewing the same underlying image, rendered in those formats and viewed in different browsers. These days, there should only be minor nuances. But if you are selling products where an accurate rendition matters, then it's a good step, to choose the best format.
Then the book also goes into how best to design the whole website. Vital to avoid confusing the visitor. The skills here are different from the visual layout aspects of single pages. If your background is in visual design, this part of the book can be especially useful. It teaches different and complementary skills that you should master.
1. The first couple chapters have helped me figure out what to put on the web site. It accomplishes this with a systematic approach that stresses what the visitor wants to see. (This is the kind of information I was searching for because I am weak in this area.)
2. The remaining chapters cover material with which I have experience, which makes it easy to absorb. But I can compare my previous understanding and decide if I need adjust my thinking. You don't need to spend much time with this book before gaining a deep respect for this author's practical knowledge and common sense approach.
3. I like her enumerated steps throughout her book. It's not wishy-washy. I thinks this comes from teaching the subject to classes.
4. I like the abundant number of references to useful web sites. Even though the book is about 500 pages, it cannot go deeply into every topic, but the author points you in right direction with references and advice.
This is book packed with a lot of good information and advice without getting into too much detail. I have plenty of other books that get into the nitty gritty.