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HTML and CSS Web Standards Solutions: A Web Standardistas' Approach [Paperback]

Christopher Murphy & Nicklas Persson
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15 Dec 2008 1430216069 978-1430216063 1

This book will teach you how to build hand-crafted web pages the Web Standardistas way: using well-structured XHTML for content and CSS for presentation.

By embracing a web standards approach, you will hold the key to creating web sites that not only look great in all modern browsers, but also are accessible to a wide variety of audiences across a range of platforms—from those browsing on everyday computers, to those accessing the Web on the latest emerging mobile devices.

Even if you're an absolute beginner in web design, this book will teach you how to build future-proof web pages the right way using easy-to-master tools which are, in most cases, free. Through 14 easy-to-follow chapters, we introduce you to the fundamentals of contemporary web design practice. Step by step we'll assemble well-structured XHTML webpages, which we'll then style using handcrafted CSS.

By the end of the book, you'll have a firm knowledge of the essentials of web design: everything you need to know to move forward in your lifelong journey as a Web Standardista.

To equip you on this noble quest, we've included enjoyable practical assignments at the end of each chapter. Embracing these challenges will not only teach you how to create great looking web sites that are the envy of your peers, but also equip you with an unrivaled knowledge of monkeys that journeyed to space and apes that starred in the movies—the real stars of this book.

On completion of this book not only will you be able to create well-crafted web sites, but you will have earned the badge of a Web Standardista, proving your worth as a good citizen of the Web.


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  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: FRIENDS OF ED; 1 edition (15 Dec 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1430216069
  • ISBN-13: 978-1430216063
  • Product Dimensions: 23.3 x 19.4 x 2.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must for any aspiring web designer 19 Dec 2008
By Paul
Format:Paperback
This book is an excellent introduction to standards based web design. Written in a very accessible manner Murphy and Persson walk you through creating well structured XHTML pages then show you how to style them using CSS. With a dedicated website to help you along you can't go wrong.

As a designer I have always left the programing of my client sites up to someone who knows how, thinking it was way beyond me. This book has shown me just how easy it actually is to programme them yourself and what's more I don't have to buy any expensive software get me started!

I reckon this will quickly become a university standard introduction to web design and the first port of call for any aspiring designer. Well done guys!
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5.0 out of 5 stars The best XHTML / CSS introduction around! 24 Sep 2009
Format:Paperback
I really liked how this book emphasized the need for standards, semantic markup and separating content from presentation in the beginning chapters, it make sure you get the code right before dipping into CSS. I also liked how issues such as finding a good editor, using FTP and buying a domain name / hosting etc got mentions. A lot of beginners would not think of these essentials and most books do not give them a thought. One thing that a lot of books on this subject go into, that I appreciated this didn't, is IE hacks. I know they are a cruel necessity but there is nothing worse for a learner to hear at the end of their work, "however....IE, a rather popular browser doesn't play by the rules so you need to do this weird stuff as well". Things such as IE hacks can be learnt from online content and more in depth books that I would recommend you buy after reading this book.

Overall I think this will become a classic beginners book but even experienced folk will be able to benefit from it. The fact that the authors are both lecturers shows throughout as not only do they know the subject but more importantly they know how to teach it. This is something that is often missing from these sort of books. The homework sections are also great for recapping on the previous chapter and for getting the readers hands dirty. I can see a lot of colleges / universities using this book as one of their main texts for first year web students. I certainly wish this had been the first book I read when learning this stuff.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Web Standardistas 30 Nov 2010
By Gregg
Format:Paperback
The perfect start for anyone wanting to learn how to build websites that work. Within a couple of chapters I found myself looking at code online for some of my favourite sites and starting to begin to understand how they were built. Take it from a 40 something graphic designer that an old dog can learn new tricks!!!!
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By GoGetIt
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Created by two lecturers at the University of Ulster, this book offers everything one needs to know about the web and internet. From how and why the WWW was developed right up to step-by-step guides on how to create 'proper' XHTML DOCType pages! All details are explained along the way, so that every chapter - regardless of previous knowledge - is a learning curve. For example, the importance of a webpage having no spaces to creating and keeping CSS 'separately' from HTML coding.

This book will definitely keep you in good shape, allowing you to create a current "future proof" website using validation from W3C. Great use of illustrations, easy to read text and you can also create your first correct/proper website - even if you think you've done it before.

PS, it doesn't require any software that isn't already 'bundled' on your computer. Even if you don't know where Notepad [for instance] is the book easily explains it. Enjoy the new skills and put them to the test academically or for leisure use on your Mac or PC.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An instruction manual with wit and charm. 23 Sep 2010
Format:Paperback
With the amount of information on the internet these days, one would believe you could learn anything you wanted. Not quite.

In terms of wanting to know how the viewing public gains that information, the Web Standardistas makes it clear for novices and experts alike. For a novice, or a beginning student in web design, eat and sleep with this book. For all those experts out there, this book deserves a spot on your bookshelf in between Jerffery and Dan. A vast amount of knowledge, tips, clean approaches and element histories are wrapped up in the friendly atmosphere of the authors.

It is true that there may not be enough explanation on certain topics, but there are only so many tree's in the world. The book will inform every novice, and remind any expert that they may be doing some small things the wrong way.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book for any aspiring web developer 15 Dec 2009
Format:Paperback
This is an excellent start for anyone interested in becoming a web developer, or even people who have been hacking together websites for a while but want to built standards compliant websites from the ground up. It covers all basics and fundamentals, then layers techniques on top of this solid foundation to give you the tools to create a fully functioning website. Unlike many other beginner texts, this book also covers how to set up your domain name and hosting, invaluable to the beginner but often overlooked.

Highly recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A must for any aspiring web designer 10 Oct 2009
By Paul
Format:Paperback
This book is an excellent introduction to standards based web design. Written in a very accessible manner Murphy and Persson walk you through creating well structured XHTML pages then show you how to style them using CSS. With a dedicated website to help you along you can't go wrong.

As a designer I have always left the programing of my client sites up to someone who knows how, thinking it was way beyond me. This book has shown me just how easy it actually is to programme them yourself and what's more I don't have to buy any expensive software get me started!

I reckon this will quickly become a university standard introduction to web design and the first port-of-call for any aspiring designer. Well done guys!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent for Newbies
Really useful for those of us who started coding without a tech background. Focuses on substance rather than style and ensures that the reader learns to separate content from... Read more
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Great book in an excellent condition,very fast and reliable service. It took me about a week to read it and i was able to finish my own web with no help. Read more
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This product is the best around for beginners of Web design. It's approach to web design is most thorough and well written.
My thanks to the authors of this book.
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I have read a lot of HTML/CSS books throughout my career and this by far is the best. From a complete beginner wishing to build their first website to a professional wishing to... Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars HTML and CSS Web Standards Solutions: A Web Standardistas' Approach
I bought this for my son who was advised by his university to purchase this particular book.
It certainly is very useful for first time students. Read more
Published on 1 Oct 2009 by M. Harvey
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant introduction to web standards
A lot of books give you the theory, but this gem not only covers the theory but also gives practical examples of how to take that theory into the wild. Read more
Published on 1 Jun 2009 by N. Thompson
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