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HTML & CSS: Design and Build Web Sites [Paperback]

Jon Duckett
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18 Nov 2011 1118008189 978-1118008188 1
A full–color introduction to the basics of HTML and CSS from the publishers of Wrox!   Every day, more and more people want to learn some HTML and CSS. Joining the professional web designers and programmers are new audiences who need to know a little bit of code at work (update a content management system or e–commerce store) and those who want to make their personal blogs more attractive. Many books teaching HTML and CSS are dry and only written for those who want to become programmers, which is why this book takes an entirely new approach. Introduces HTML and CSS in a way that makes them accessible to everyone—hobbyists, students, and professionals—and it’s full–color throughout Utilizes information graphics and lifestyle photography to explain the topics in a simple way that is engaging Boasts a unique structure that allows you to progress through the chapters from beginning to end or just dip into topics of particular interest at your leisure This educational book is one that you will enjoy picking up, reading, then referring back to. It will make you wish other technical topics were presented in such a simple, attractive and engaging way! This book is also available as part of a set in hardcover – Web Design with HTML, CSS, JavaScript and jQuery, 9781119038634 – and in softcover – Web Design with HTML, CSS, JavaScript and jQuery, 9781118907443.

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  • Paperback: 512 pages
  • Publisher: John Wiley & Sons; 1 edition (18 Nov 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1118008189
  • ISBN-13: 978-1118008188
  • Product Dimensions: 24.3 x 20.1 x 2.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (194 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 623 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Jon Duckett has been helping companies create innovative digital solutions for over 15 years, designing and delivering web and mobile projects for small businesses and tech startups through to global brands like Diesel, Philips, Nike, Wrangler, and Xerox.

During this time, he has has written and co-authored over a dozen books on web design and programming.

Jon has not only written his his latest book HTML & CSS (design and build websites), but also designed the entire book from scratch. Dispensing with the traditional template of programming books, he wanted to present the information in a manner that is less intimidating and more relevant to those who have never tried to write code before. The result is a new, exciting way to learn about HTML & CSS presented in full-color, with plenty of info-graphics and photography that really make the title stand out from other books that cover the same topics.

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‘This beautifully designed manual explains how to use HTML in a concise readable format...A wonderful resource.’ (.net, June 2012) ‘A refreshing take on the subject. The title provides a great overview without feeling like a textbook.’  (Computer Arts, June 2012)

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WELCOME TO A NICER WAY TO LEARN ABOUT HTML & CSS Whether you want to design and build websites from scratch or take more control over an existing site, this book will help you create attractive, user–friendly web content. We understand that code can be intimidating, but take a look inside and you will see how this guide differs from many traditional programming books. Each page introduces a new topic in a simple, visual way with straightforward explanations accompanied by bite–sized code samples. You will also find practical help on how to organize and design the pages of your site so that you can create websites that look stunning and are easy to use. No previous experience needed. This book is for Web designers and programmers Online editors and content editors Marketing & e–commerce managers Bloggers and hobbyists You′ll learn to Write HTML and CSS3 Structure web pages and sites Prepare images, audio, and video Control typography and layout Online support Code examples available online at: Plus video demos and tutorials Bonus reference tools

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35 of 36 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars no jargon at all - a new way of learning code 2 Feb 2012
By penguni
How has this book managed to teach pure code - pure technical language - without any of the jargon? This book really could take you from nothing to expert in HTML & CSS. Also really useful for pros who need to get up to speed on HTML5 & CSS3 integration.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant! A must have for beginners! 4 May 2012
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I purchased this book a while ago. I started knowing nothing about web design and being utterly confused when presented with HTML or CSS, however after spending a couple of hours reading this book and a few more hours applying what I had learnt, I have become quite proficient in reading and writing HTML and CSS. The book is laid out in a clear organised manner with enough illustration and color to keep the reader interested, yet keeps all of the important information that you need. This book is for those people that don't want to sit and read chapters of useless rambling that a writer had added to pad out his of her book, but just wants to get straight to the point with all of the information condensed into small manageable sections.

I would strongly recommend this book for any novice, in fact it would still be a pleasant read for any expert that had some spare time on their hands.

In fact I recommend this book so strongly that I am actually writing a review, that out of principle I usually avoid doing! Buy this book, it is worth the low cost I guarantee!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
By Kevin
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Sometimes I get bogged down in programming manuals, and I wish sometimes that there were more manuals like this. Even though I can code, my HTML is dodgy and I needed to take the plunge and learn HTML and (maybe more important these days) CSS.

This book is a welcome change from just about any other book. It is lovingly designed, easy to read, and the format, though aimed at the beginner, is also fine for the intermediate user. The reason I think I can say this is that, because of the way it reads, it sinks in to your memory. Other courses I have done in the past I have simply forgotten with the passage of time, but this book really imprints the knowledge in your head.

In fact I would say the book is actually a work of art in itself, and I really handle it with care as it feels more like an item of art than a text book - just wait until you see it. Jon Duckett has really put his heart and soul into this, whilst keeping it clean and accessible.

The structure of how HTML and then CSS is laid out in a form that is as much an easy read as a manual and I really didn't mind getting out my text editor and having a go at the examples as I went along. This is significant for me as HTML and CSS usually bore me to tears.

At last I have found a book I can learn from. And if I can learn from it then I reckon anyone can, young or old, beginner or computer programmer. At only 10 for over 500 pages it was also really good value, especially considering it is in full colour. I actually look forward to lending this to someone the way I would for a great novel I'd read that I wanted to share.

If you are confused about what book to pick up to learn HTML5/CSS3 then I don't think you can go wrong with this. It is a superb book and the best I have seen on the subject.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect 16 Feb 2013
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The Best book that i have read for HTML and CSS, i recommended, and by the way very good price!!!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars fantastic 15 Jan 2013
By Emma
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this book has practicaly become my bible since i started learning html and css at uni, it is clear and easy to follow, i like how it builds on more and more as you go further into the book, must have!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply sublime! 25 Jun 2012
Possibly the best technical book I've ever read, bar none. The information is present in a fluid and interesting way, emphasising the key points and not over-complicating things at all.
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Surprisingly excellent 22 Oct 2012
By Tony Jones VINE VOICE
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As someone who once understood HTML I found the start of this book somewhat slow and almost thought it a triumph of design over substance; how wrong I was! Once I moved onto CSC (which I bought the book for) I realised that the gentle introduction had served as the basis for a thorough explanation of concepts that I had never understood before.

An excellent (and attractive) book which really serves as a solid introduction for anyone that cares about look and feel of their website
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars HTML & CSS manual for people who hate manuals! 3 April 2012
I'm a very visual person and I struggle with manuals that are mostly text because I struggle to find exactly what I need. With clear images and diagrams I can quickly find the page I need (flicking through the book, not even using the contents/index page - though the index is well structured and easy to navigate too!) The information on each page is usually enough to get you from nowhere to the basics of what you want to create. Searching through other pages you can then build on this to get to the design you want to achieve.

A few years ago I used to design HTML websites, and I'd let my coding skills slide. I've tried to understand CSS a few times, but a lack of urgency and a couple of big boring textbooks have given me a lack of enthusiasm for it. This book has helped me get back to a level where I can confidently design and build websites again. If textbooks and manuals turn you off then give this book a try!
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I bought this as a consultant book for my College HTML and CSS course and I found it very handy and very well resumed. Read more
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4.0 out of 5 stars A solid and exceptionally clear introduction with a few rough edges
AS others have said, this book succeeds in its aim of providing a very clear exposition for beginners to web design. Read more
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4.0 out of 5 stars A great introduction
A very, very nice introduction to programming webpages. The book is easily read and it has good information on a lot of the elements used, when writing HTML and CSS. Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely excellent. Very easy to understand
Absolutely excellent. Very easy to understand. Was recommended by an instructor on an HTML course I took, with good reason. This is the best book out there.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Perfect to learn HTML and CSS
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Good in a general learning. :-D
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The book explains it really well.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A must have for every web designer
A masterpiece of a book! I can't remember how many times I have read it and applied it to my web design projects. Read more
Published 28 days ago by Janeks Kozlovskis
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice book, fun to read
Nice book, fun to read. Probably could cover most of the stuff in half the size but good for learning the basics. Read more
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