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HTML and CSS for Beginners with HTML5 [Kindle Edition]

Mark Lassoff
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There isn't a web site out there-- whether it be, or the site for your local high school-- that isn't written in HTML. If you do any level of web development-- from editing pages on a Wordpress site to designing original pages from scratch, understanding and being able to code in HTML and CSS can give you a level of control, and power over your designs that you've never experienced before. This course helps you learn the HTML and CSS you need to know now (versions 4.01 and XHTML) as well as prepares you for the future with coverage of HTML5.

HTML5, increasingly, is the engine behind many mobile applications as well. This important skill set is the baseline for many working in professional web, mobile and application development.

In this book authored by master trainer Mark Lassoff, you will learn HTML and CSS, including everything you need to create a creative, quality and sound web site. No experience is required as you start at the very beginning and work work your way through more advanced lessons.

HTML and CSS for Beginners with HTML5 takes a learn-by-doing approach. Dozens of code examples are presented as you are encouraged to type in the code examples provided and view the result within your web browser. You will not only learn the tags and attributes that comprise HTML code, but also apply them in dynamic lab exercises included with each chapter.

This book closely follows the curriculum developed by the author for his popular classroom and online classes on web development. Thousands have learned HTML from Mark Lassoff, and this book provides a great opportunity for you to learn the code behind every web site and many modern mobile applications.

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About the Author

Mark Lassoff 's parents frequently claim that Mark was born to be a programmer. In the mid-eighties when the neighborhood kids were outside playing kickball and throwing snowballs, Mark was hard at work on his Commodore 64 writing games in the BASIC programming language. Computers and programming continued to be a strong interest in college where Mark majored in communication and computer science. Upon completing his college career, Mark worked in the software and web development departments at several large corporations. In 2001, on a whim, while his contemporaries were conquering the dot-com world, Mark accepted a position training programmers in a technical training center in Austin, Texas. It was there he fell in love with teaching programming. Teaching programming has been Mark's passion for the last 10 years. Today Mark is a top technical trainer, traveling the country providing training for software and web developers. Mark's training clients include the Department of Defense, Lockheed Martin, Discover Card Services, and Kaiser Permaente. Mark’s clients rate his classes 9.81/10, with consistent perfect scores on participant evaluations. In addition to traditional classroom training, Mark is a sought after video trainer and host. He has authored and hosted video courses for several publishers, including his own company, Inc.. Mark has authored over 15 online courses and works with students from all 50 states and over 47 countries. Over 10,000 people have learned programming skills from Mark’s courses. He lives near Hartford, Connecticut in a 150 year old converted textile mill.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2393 KB
  • Print Length: 330 pages
  • Publisher: LearnToProgram, Inc.; 1 edition (5 Jan. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00AY50DZ8
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars HTML and CSS for Beginners with HTML5 28 Sept. 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
This book is absolutely brilliant - It's very easy to understand and copy code
straight out the book into your own HTML file - It's all you'll need for basic
HTML & CSS - If you're studying web programming seriously then this is
the book to buy - The kindle version of this book is quick & effective
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Baffled by the rave reviews - Purchase if you are stupid, apparently 30 Dec. 2013
By Michael G. Hollandsworth - Published on
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I did a little BASIC programming, self-taught, in high school, as well as some self-taught HTML. This was about a decade ago. My interest in programming has blossomed again, so I decided to start with some HTML and Javascript. I chose this book based on the amazing reviews and its dazzling description of the author and his background.

Everything started out fine, however, nothing in this book is clear. I don't understand how anyone could say the content of this book is clear and easy to understand. It seems to lack any sort of pre-publication revision and has silly grammar errors, such as using "its" instead of "it's". The author takes for granted that the reader already has taken a course in HTML. If you are totally new to HTML, you will be scratching your head and using the internet to find answers to questions and fuzzy areas you get from trying to follow this book.

For example, on page 15 (Kindle version so yours might be slightly different with your font choices etc), are multiple choice questions (#'s 12 and 13), asking specifics on what metatags do and apparently the function of meta names. METATAGS AND META NAMES ARE NOT MENTIONED ANYWHERE AT ALL IN THE BOOK PRIOR TO THIS POINT. They are mentioned later on pages 19 and 20, but very very little is said about them. If your only resource is this book, you will not be able to answer question 13. Keep that in mind. This is what you are getting yourself into when you buy this book.

I want to keep up and finish it, but the way it's thrown together is an insult to the customer. Clearly the focus was on marketing and not on teaching HTML.
6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, informative, easy to follow 8 Jan. 2013
By Jay Peterson - Published on
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I picked up the book after going through the video tutorial. I have absolutely zero HTML/CSS coding experience and my last programming endeavors were with FORTRAN and Z80 Assembly Code 30+ years ago! (Yes, I'm that old!) Mark does an outstanding job teaching, explaining in an understandable and methodical fashion, reinforcing and then building upon each lesson with appropriate exercises. I'm glad to have the book now to reinforce all I've learned so far and I'm looking forward to other courses from Mark in the near future.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Not good. Missing alot. 24 May 2014
By AstroGirl - Published on
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5/25 Part B Review: Chapter 2 on CSS. No solutions to labs. Answers missing to some of the questions. Page 75/76 questions - Their answers are on page 310. For answers to 4.1-4.5, it just lists the questions again, not the answers. Not sure what happened to chapter 2 but he really dropped the ball. I'll continue to plug through, with hopes of it getting better. But if it doesn't, I'll end up getting rid of the book and use another resource to learn.

5/25 Part A Review: Editing my review and bringing down the number of stars on this book.
I ending up using W3Schools website in conjunction with the book. I've found other issues with the book. For example some lab exercises he doesn't provide the answers. Sometimes he does, sometimes he doesn't. I learn by example when I get stuck and needed to see how he created a page (answer to the lab exercise). I really wanted to like this book. And as I already paid for it, I'll continue to work through it.
Also, he doesn't test all of his code examples. There was one place (so far) where it was incorrect. Had I not known better and tried to use it as-is, it wouldn't have worked. Page 40. The second <title> should have been </title> instead. And this is my review without having yet finished chapter 2.
I'm an experienced programmer in other languages, so wading through this book is still giving me some benefit. But if I didn't have a little prior experience with HTML, this book would be frustrating at times. Please update and publish again. If these things were fixed, I would probably buy it as a gift for a friend of mine trying to learn HTML/CSS, etc. Again, I really want to like the book.

5/24: I may edit my review once I've finished working through the book. Book arrived last week and I started working on it today. Probably one of the better books out there for beginners. I would suggest using it in conjunction with w3schools tutorials (free and online).
Few things I already found that are just more annoying more than anything else.
On page 36 is a quiz that should be going over everything between 1.1 and 1.4. Last question, 13, asks about metatags. However, by that point, metatag hasn't been covered in the book yet (as far as I could find). Metatags don't begin to be covered until 1.6.
Also, the answer key for the page 35/36 quiz needs to be updated. The answers are on page 307/308. On page 308, it is a hit or miss if the letter answer is provided as well. I like that it also lists the actual answer and not just the letter answer. All of them list both the letter and the answer description except for answers to questions 5, 6, 9, 11, 13. Just annoying. For the next version of this book, they may want a newbie to work through the book for them as part of the editing process prior to publishing it.
Still giving it a 4 rating as it's pretty good overall. Like I said, I'll probably update the review once I've finished working through the book. Or if I find any other errors.
16 of 24 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Not So Great...Save your $$ 25 Mar. 2013
By Chase J. - Published on
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I have a programming background and I am in the process of learning web development using the Ruby on Rails platform. While working through the RoR tutorial, I realized that I needed to get some basic training in HTML & CSS. I chose this book because of all the positive (rave) reviews. Even though there were only 20+ reviews, I decided to give it a shot. My first clue that this book might have some problems was that on the second page of chapter 1, the word "role" was misspelled as "roll". As I progressed through Chapter 1, I noticed that:
- Section 1.1 states it should take 30-45 minutes to complete yet I was finished in 11 minutes. It was primarily just some reading and one multiple choice review question. I think most people would struggle to spend more than 15 minutes in that section.
- The lab activity in section 1.3 discusses the importance of comments and asks the reader to use comment tags. However, comment tags only appear to be introduced in section 1.5. I had to look up comment tags on the internet to complete the exercise.
- No answers were provided for the exercises -- or at least I could not figure out where they were. If a book has multiple choice questions, I feel the reader should be able to check the answers.
- I also noticed that even though I was only on page 11, the progress meter at the bottom of the reader said I was 33% through the book.
The book does appear to provide some basics but I became so distracted with the poor quality that I lost confidence in the material and decided to look for another alternative. I find it difficult to believe that so many reviews would be five stars and these issues would hardly be mentioned.
4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Too childish 6 July 2013
By Bruce Baker - Published on
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Even considering that the title says "for beginners", the format of the presentation was disappointing. I felt like I was being talked down-to.
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