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The Complete Idiot's Guide to Creating an HTML Web Page [Paperback]

Paul McFedries
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14 Feb 1997 078971146X 978-0789711465 2nd Revised edition
"The Complete Idiot's Guide to Creating an HTML Web Page" provides users with all the tools they need to create and customize their Web page. The friendly, market-proven approach of the "Complete Idiot's Guides" combines solid instructions with a light-hearted style of wit and humor. The CD contains a Webmaster's Tool Kit with everything needed to build a home page.

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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Alpha Books; 2nd Revised edition edition (14 Feb 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 078971146X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0789711465
  • Product Dimensions: 22.9 x 18.5 x 2.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,671,666 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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More About the Author

Paul McFedries runs Logophilia Limited, a technical writing company, and has been writing computer books for more than 17 years. He is the author or coauthor of more than 60 books that have sold more than 3 million copies worldwide. Paul is also the proprietor of, a website that tracks new words and phrases as they enter the language.

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In the Complete Idiot's Guide to Creating a Web Page, the author does a fair job of covering the subject in a friendly, engaging tone. One of the charms of the Web is that just about anyone can (and does) create a Web page. "It's cinchy," they tell you. And they're right. But it always helps to have a book handy to help you with some of the not-so-cinchy parts. And it amazes me how many Web design or publishing books just don't get it. Fortunately, this isn't one of those books.

. Yes, this book has life to it. There is a personality. The humour isn't forced or condescending. Paul covers a lot of ground quickly and I had to remind myself that Idiot's Guides, like Dummies books, are references. So where I thought some things were skipped over quickly, the truth is that as a reference the book works well. (True beginners who need handholding and tutorials should turn elsewhere.)

The book's scope is vast. It goes into style sheets, JavaScript, and certain advanced options that help round out the Web page experience. It also covers my hot-button issue of FTP. Without FTP you just can't publish your Web page on the Internet, and I'm embarrassed for the many book authors who don't include such vital information in their Web publishing books. Fortunately, it's covered here and covered well.

I suppose I could gripe that the book doesn't cover XML, an advanced topic for Web page creation, and one that I've yet to see a decent book on, anyway. That's a minor quibble though; as far as I'm concerned. No, for basic Web page creation and publication, you really can't beat this book. --Dan Gookin --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Down to Earth Advice When the Going Gets Tough!
The Complete Idiot's Guide to Creating an HTML Web Page, Fourth Edition, provides you with the tools you need to create and customize your Web pages.

A careful, step-by-step approach enables you to build and publish your first Web page.

With the basics in place, you are slowly introduced to more advanced concepts such as tables, forms, frames, and style sheets.

Many examples illustrate each new concept, and you are encouraged to use and build upon these examples.

Many new Web page concepts are covered, including XML, style sheets and JavaScript programs.

Step-by-step approach builds confidence and enables you to construct and publish your first Web page.

Simple, non-technical explanations enable you to incorporate more advanced technologies such as tables, forms, frames, and style sheets.

A companion mailing list encouragees you to continue your HTML education.

CD-ROM contains Webmaster's Toolkit, HTML editors, graphics programs and files, sound files, and sample Web pages. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best money I ever spent 13 Dec 2002
This book tells you everything you need to know about web page design. The breadth of coverage is amazing, from the absolute basics right through to Forms, Frames, Cascading Style Sheets, Javascript, Java, and selling advertising on your site. I genuinely felt like I could go and make a living as a web designer afterwards. Even the throwaway comments are real words of wisdom.
Paul writes in a very entertaining style - I've never read such a fun textbook! He doesn't spend ages going through <yawn> standards and suchlike It's also really easy to understand. I read "HTML for dummies" and got bored and bogged down. This book is genuinely pitched at idiots.
I originally borrowed this from the library and worked though it over a couple of months. It is so useful that I went out and bought it afterwards. I think it will live beside my computer for years to come. The only minor criticism is that some of the code in later chapters (like the one on Javascript) hadn't been properly checked and had a few typos. Frankly, I can live with that for a book this good.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
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Paul McFedries' friendly and informal style makes this book a gem for those just starting out in the wonderful world of web design. I bought the book from Amazon a month ago knowing nothing whatsoever about HTML and I am already receiving PAID COMMISSIONS to design simple but effective web sites for a number of small companies! It should be said that you will certainly need to acquire a more comprehensive guide if you get any more ambitious in your designing, but this enjoyale book is occasionally irreverent, often funny and always incredibly easy to understand. Buy it and get designing - there's money in it, I tell you!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
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This book offers an excellent introduction to web design. The format of the book allows you to get your head around how web sites and pages work and are structured whilst also learning how to create them. I was literally a complete idiot regarding web design when I bought this book and now I'm getting jobs in the field! Paul McFedries - you're a star!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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Paul McFedries adopts the style of a friendly chat over a cup of coffee. He cuts through the jargon and rapidly inspires confidence - Hey! I could do this! is the message all through. The book is well organised in logical chapters each building on the previous ones to take a simple web page with only text and grow it to a complete web site with pictures, sounds, frames and forms. There are plenty of examples in the text and a very useful CD accompanying the book contains them all plus many other useful graphics and scripts to add to your web site. There are also many suggestions for other sources of help and resources from the Internet. If you want to learn about HTML and writing web sites, this is the book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great book for beginning web authors in HTML 5 Aug 1998
By A Customer
Paul McFedries writes an easy to follow story of how to write web pages in HTML. The book generally gives examples which are easy to follow and then customize into your sites. He also follows up the book advice with an on-line readers forum where questions or clarifications can be had. If you have never worked in Hypertext Markup Language before, this book will permit you to create a functioning web page within hours.
The book is light and funny, avoids unneccesary jargon, often tells you the "least you need to know" to successfully do what you want.
The only shortcoming of the book is that it is for beginners -- and well it gives a good breadth -- those that want to get more serious will want additional resources eventually.
He also gives good style points on what not to do on a website.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Don't let the title fool you-it's a GREAT book 7 Sep 1998
By A Customer
If you are looking to purchase a GREAT book on the subject of HTML...get this one! This series has, to me, some of the best ideas, tips and helps available in the field! The IDIOT'S GUIDE will take you by the hand and lead you on an adventurous path of wonder and UNDERSTANDING of the sometimes complex world of HTML. It is a MUST have reference book to what you need on HTML and Web Page authoring! My 12 year old daughter and I were both able to put up our Web Pages starting in March 1998, using information found in this VERY humorous book, with NO prior HTML knowledge! We both highly recommend this GUIDE for beginners, AND advanced users! You will too!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A good place to start. 3 Jan 2001
By A Customer
If you're wondering where to start in the maze that is web page building then you couldn't do much better than Paul McFedries book. It takes you through the process step by step without making you feel like an idiot. Any new terms you come across are explained as you go along, you don't need to keep heading for a glossary. It's probably not the easiest book to follow but is by no means the most difficult. If you stick at it you should have your own site up and running within a month. This may sound like a long time but at least you'll have a full understanding of what you've done and how you did it. You'll be going back to your site again and again adding bits and pieces as you carry on learning. The CD supplied with the book gives you everything you need to follow the tutorials in the book. The only downside is that the software is mostly time limited. Having said that, by the time the software has run out you'll probably have worked out what is worth having and where similar can be had on the web for free. It's money well spent if you want your own site and a good springboard to more complex web literature.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The complete idiot's guide to creating a web page
I would recommend this book for anyone who is a total beginner at creating a web page.

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Published on 24 Aug 2009 by A. J. Parkes
3.0 out of 5 stars quite irritating, but possibly useful?
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5.0 out of 5 stars Essential Reading for Beginners
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Published on 5 April 2001
2.0 out of 5 stars useful but irritating
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This book is incredible! Within a week I have prepared my own site which knocks spots off of others I have seen. Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars Superb introductory guide!
This is a superb introductory guide, which helped me produce my web-page from scratch in only a week or two! (see '' as evidence). Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent!
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