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The Essential Guide to CSS and HTML Web Design (Essentials)

The Essential Guide to CSS and HTML Web Design (Essentials) [Kindle Edition]

Craig Grannell
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There are a lot of books out there covering CSS and HTML, but this one stands out from the crowd by combining all the best aspects of reference and tutorial books — it teaches everything you need to know to design great web sites, and moves at a fast pace, eschewing unnecessary theory and obscure details. It is designed so that any level of web designer or developer will find this to be an essential guide.It teaches the basics of CSS and HTML before quickly moving on to cover in depth all of the essential areas of web design, include forms, tables, typography, layout, browser quirks and more. It also includes complete case studies to inspire readers, and reference sections, so readers can quickly look up syntactical details.It is also bang up to date, covering support of the newest standards in all the latest browsers.

About the Author

Having originally trained in the fine arts, Craig Grannell become irrevocably immersed in the world of digital media a decade ago and has never looked back. Along with writing for a number of design-oriented publications, he's written books on web design, and he continues to be creative in the fields of photography and music.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 15835 KB
  • Print Length: 600 pages
  • Publisher: Apress; 1 edition (2 Jun 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #110 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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Craig Grannell is a British writer, designer and, frankly, a bit of a geek. In his youngling years, he battled with Commodore VIC-20s and space invaders. Now he's beyond such things, but only because he's battling space invaders on his iPad, which is FAR MORE GROWN UP.

Along with writing for more British, American and (oddly) German design, technology and gaming mags than you can shake a stick at, Craig was at some point convinced to write books. He still thinks this could have been some amusing jape that no-one's let him in on, but he's nonetheless proud of his web design and iPad tomes, and they've sold quite nicely, so he must be doing something right.

In 2010, he won the prestigious Totally Made Up Because I Haven't Won Any Awards award, and he'd therefore be grateful for some proper awards, which can be sent by post to the usual address. In a brown paper bag.

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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Answers a lot of the niggly questions 28 April 2008
I've bought many books on CSS and HTML, and I've always been left with a few questions, especially about layout. Craig Grannell's book does a great job of answering many of those questions. Of particular interest is his treatment of boxouts and structural divs. If you are new to CSS and XHTML don't be put off by these terms; the beauty of this book is that it's a good book for beginners, but it satisfies intermediate and advanced users as well. An excellent resource if you want to design standards-compliant websites with a twist. The basics are all here, but there is that something extra as well, and it's that something extra, scattered liberally throughout the book from start to finish, that is its distinguishing feature.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars No.1 on your web design book list 10 Sep 2009
At long last, here is a book that talks about "a modern, modular approach to standards-compliant web design" in a clear, logical and friendly manner. No small feat because contemporary web design practice is complex and a good understanding of a whole range of topics is required in order to master the art.

Craig Grannell approaches the topic by looking at various aspects of web design, with chapters like `Working with Type' and `Page layouts with CSS' rather than the more prosaic approach of many code-based books. The initial chapters of the book give a comprehensive background and primer to HTML and CSS but avoid the mistake of looking at code in the abstract. All through the book, code examples are illustrated with the rendered result so that the reader can make a clear connection between code and image.

This is an excellent book that covers a lot of ground (it even includes some useful javascript techniques) and is probably the best single volume introduction for anyone serious about web design.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Good Beginners Guide 23 July 2008
Before buying this book I knew very basic HTML and had read some other books without gaining much. I have a slight learning disability and jargon does not help.

This book is written in a language you can understand and will take you through the basics and on into great web design.
A good buy.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
By Owen
Having done some web design using DW4 I thought I knew something about web page construction. Now having read only the first few chapters I realise how little I understood. This book is an excellent reference covering the historical aspects of visual text presentation all the way to
the complex aspects of CSS. I certainly recommend this as a must read and good value. The Essential Guide to CSS & HTML Web Design (Essentials)
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3.0 out of 5 stars not bad 20 April 2014
By Scott
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I haven't really used it that much, but what I have used of it, I'm more than happy with it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Essential for web designers 12 April 2014
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It's been a great help to me in understanding how CSS and HTML works. I have recently done two courses in Dreamweaver, and this book has been a big help to back up the lectures, and to be able to refer to specific things I was stuck on. Easy to read and understand, it's to be highly recommended.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Three stars ("Its okay") 5 Feb 2014
By J Price
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That sums it up, OK, good basic information but it's not going to light any lamps! Useful as a starter, read it, then buy something better!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Bargain! 20 Jan 2014
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Very good for free! Got the kindle version for free. There are better books, but bone with a better cost-benefit ratio.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Don't bother
The reason that this book is being given away for free is that nobody was willing to pay money for it.
Don't waste your money.
Don't waste your time.
Published 1 month ago by SeanJ
5.0 out of 5 stars Clear and concise facts with smatterings of good advice
Well written with a good mix of factual content and well reasoned opinion. The kindle version is free so has to be good value for money even though the example code is a little... Read more
Published 4 months ago by J M Horsfall
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Book
Could not believe the price of this book. Its just what i was looking for to help me with my university course.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great for beginners.
I am a complete beginner at HTML. This book starts right at the beginning, and takes you right through step by step. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Dave
5.0 out of 5 stars Provides a good basic understanding
Embeds the necessary knowledge to progress on and upwards. A welcomed addition to any ebook collection. Simply laid out and easy to understand.
Published 5 months ago by Andrew S
5.0 out of 5 stars What a fab freebie!
Got this for my husband as it was free - well worth it - very much his sort of thing.
Published 5 months ago by theladyinrouge
5.0 out of 5 stars CSS and HTML Web Design
Best book ever!
I am learning lots. The explanation and examples are all relevant!
I feel that i am on the road to becoming a knowledgeable web designer.
Published on 25 Nov 2011 by vbnetqueen
4.0 out of 5 stars Good book even for (almost) beginners
I'm almost a beginner but I found this book very useful in putting together my website. Nice reference pages as well. Read more
Published on 5 Sep 2011 by kenw
5.0 out of 5 stars Really great book
This is essential for anyone wanting to learn how to use CSS to design websites. Easy to read and remember with great index and reference sections at the back. Read more
Published on 22 Aug 2011 by P. H. Child
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