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  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: John Wiley & Sons; 1 edition (27 Sept. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1118657209
  • ISBN-13: 978-1118657201
  • Product Dimensions: 18.8 x 2.1 x 23.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 172,398 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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From the Back Cover

Learn to:

  • Work with rules, style sheets, and proper syntax
  • Build dynamic web pages using solid structure and the latest tools
  • Avoid common HTML5 and CSS3 challenges and mistakes

Build cool web pages with basic markup language. This book makes it easy.

Does creating web pages seem daunting? Relax! HTML5, the latest version of HTML, makes it even easier for anyone to learn how to create or edit web pages. With a little stick–to–it–iveness and this clear, accessible book, you will master the basics of HyperText Markup Language (HTML) and Cascading Style Sheet (CSS) language and start creating your own awesome sites on the World Wide Web.

  • First, the rules understand the syntax of HTML markup, see how web pages are organized, and create your very first web page from scratch
  • Heads and bodies dive head–first into HTML elements, add paragraphs (and other containers) for text, and create lists and tables
  • Get engaged entice your visitors with links, images, audio, video, and streaming media
  • Step out in (CSS) style use Cascading Style Sheets to control layout and enhance the look and feel of your pages
  • Go mobile ensure that your pages play well with mobile devices

Open the book and find:

  • The four basics steps of creating a web page
  • How to save, view, and post your new web page
  • What search engines do with your metadata
  • Details for controlling text blocks, lists, and tables
  • Ways to create links to documents and other websites
  • Techniques for setting CSS style rules
  • HTML dos and don′ts to remember

About the Author

Ed Tittel is a 30–year veteran of the technology industry with more than 140 computing books to his credit, including the bestselling HTML For Dummies.

Chris Minnick runs Minnick Web Services. He teaches, speaks, and consults on web–related topics and has contributed to numerous books, including WebKit For Dummies.


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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Chuck E VINE VOICE on 21 Nov. 2013
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As an intermediate user I would hesitate to recommend this book to a beginner. Of course, the object of using HTML and CSS is to separate out the content side of site-building from the design - but you cannot explain that concept without showing the two working in conjunction. If I was writing a 'beginners' guide' I would start chapter one with a screenshot of both the HTML and CSS side by side so that the uninitiated reader can make the connection between the HTML layout and the CSS styling - let the dog see the rabbit! Instead of which, this book is almost entirely CSS-free while discussing HTML - at several points using in-line styling before explaining that this is NOT the way to do it! Even when CSS does finally make an appearance, it is introduced with a screenshot of HTML - very confusing. It also takes the reader down side alleys of minutiae (how to add an umlaut) which just takes one eye off the ball. We have the obligatory chapter on building forms - before the reader is told that, without an understanding of .PHP the beginner is better to use a form generator. Either they should add an introduction to .PHP or, my suggestion would be, leave out the chapter on form building - a beginner is not going to be able to implement it.

As a result I think a beginner would find this a frustrating read. Useful as a reference (and it does give some good links to other web resources), but not great for instruction.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mr. R. Gleadhill VINE VOICE on 27 Dec. 2013
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As with all the "... For Dummies" series, the name doesn't quite do the book justice. Although seemingly aimed at those with little-to-no experience with HTML and other codes, a simplistic introduction allows in-depth exploration of ideas. Being written with and aimed at the latest versions of the principle codes, this book also offers an easy "update" to anyone used to coding with earlier versions of the languages. With the prolific advent of "WYSIWYG" web-editors, it's easy to forget just what goes on behind the scenes - and often the only way to iron out niggling problems, is to know what really is going on behind the scenes. Not for bed-time reading, but definitely worth an hour or two building a few simple pages, and exploring your knowledge of web coding.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Book Gannet TOP 500 REVIEWERTOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 16 Jan. 2014
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This is not a subject that fascinates me, so it was always going to be a struggle for such a book to keep my interest. However, since building a website is something I hope to do in the future, I thought this would be a good place to start.

For the most part it is. I have a passing familiarity with HTML, so I found it easy enough to follow along with what was being said - even in the CSS chapters, which were mostly new to me. However, despite it's opening claim to be as free as possible of jargon, I did notice that as the first couple of chapters progressed more and more technical language started to creep in. This is okay, mostly, but it can also make reading heavy going at times.

I'm not entirely sure this is a book designed for total beginners, but I think it's a good resource for people who are confident on the internet already and are ready to move on from just observing to fully partaking in the mysteries of HTML and CSS. If you already know what they are, then that's probably a good indication as to whether this book is for you or not.

It's full of sample coding sheets - and the ever-helpful follow up explanations, as well as suggestions for further reading. There's also the dedicated companion website to provide extra help and inspiration.

Like most Dummies Guides it is good at what it does. It'll provide a good reference base for the future.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Tox VINE VOICE on 28 Nov. 2013
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Over the years I have become a great fan of the "for Dummies" series of books and this doesn't change my views at all.

The books are in general, well laid out and present their content in a structured logical manner and are clear and easy to follow. Key points, hints and potential pitfalls are highlighted by friendly little icons in the page borders and you get to work along with the book on a number of mini projects that will give you a good grounding in building web pages. There are links to all the software you could need for coding and there is a load more content available on a dedicated web page for the book you get to access as well.

You aren't going to come away as an expert after working through this, but you will be well on the way to putting together a half decent website which avoids many common errors and in my view, that is a great place to be starting off from.
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By Timbertwig VINE VOICE on 7 Nov. 2013
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These days, anyone can build a website without any technical knowledge using a variety of easy-to-use tools, including online services such as Wix and drag-and-drop desktop applications such as Serif WebPlus.

But to really appreciate web design, it is useful to learn basic HTML and CSS. Armed with these tools, you can be more in control of your website and enable you to "tweak" your website so that it is exactly as you want it to be.

Beginning HTML5 and CSS3 For Dummies is a very good introduction to these concepts. The book explains clearly and as painlessly as possible how to build a website from scratch using just Notepad or a similar text editor. Like with other Dummies, the book is clearly set out, easy to follow, and packed with illustrations that aid understanding.

Be warned: learning HTML and CSS3 takes time and effort, but it is not as complicated as you might think. With the help of this book, you can grasp the basics without too much of a problem. It is probably the best introduction to website building that I have encountered.
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