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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: 2,612,166 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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 Wordspy.com, a website that tracks new words and phrases as they enter the language.

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By J. L. Heywood on 13 Dec 2002
Format: Paperback
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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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 26 Nov 2001
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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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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 26 Sep 2000
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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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 2 July 1999
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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 By A Customer on 5 April 2001
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I picked up this book after reading a recommendation. I knew nothing about html or java but reading this book I was able to put together fairly complex (at least complex looking pages) within hours. Any jargon used is fully explained and it comes with a cd-rom with examples and html & javascript codes to use. It's so good I put a link to Mr McFedries's homepage on my site.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 7 July 2000
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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. The book details all the common attributes that a good website has and leads the reader gently through so you never feel as if it's too difficult. With the knowledge from the book you can prepare very professional looking sites and could start making the 'net earn money for you! Buy the book now! If you snooze, you'll definately lose!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 25 Oct 1999
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I bought this book with no idea of how to code in HTML. I found this book very easy to follow. It has been written very well with lots of examples of code and how the web page would look. Now I know how to create tables, forms, frames and lots more! I highly recommend this book for those like me who want to start learning the HTML language.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 7 Sep 1998
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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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