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HTML5: Visual QuickStart Guide (7th Edition)

HTML5: Visual QuickStart Guide (7th Edition) [Kindle Edition]

Elizabeth Castro , Bruce Hyslop
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If your budget only allows for one HTML5 and CSS3 book, this book is a terrific way to invest your money. I’ve reviewed HTML5 for Web Designers and Introducing HTML5 on this blog. I think this book is better than either of those books. That’s not saying the two books mentioned are not excellent books, because they are. I’ve read both of those books carefully and I still learned new and helpful things from HTML5 and CSS3. Plus, the VQS style is inherently easy to use with each topic detailed in small step-by-step bits. It’s so easy to find the one thing you need to know at any given moment with a VQS book.

Another advantage this book over the others I mentioned is that it can get a beginner going but it also offers a lot of good information for the experienced HTML and CSS wonk. If you’re teaching either of these topics, this book is classroom gold.

Definitely recommended. - Virginia DeBolt,

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Want to learn how to build Web sites fast? This best-selling guide’s visual format and step-by-step, task-based instructions will have you up and running with HTML5 and CSS3 in no time. This Seventh Edition is a major revision, with approximately 125 pages added and substantial updates to (or complete rewrites of) nearly every page from the preceding edition. Authors Elizabeth Castro and Bruce Hyslop use clear instructions, friendly prose, and real-world code samples to teach you HTML and CSS from the ground up. Over the course of 21 chapters you will learn how to:
  • Write semantic HTML, both with elements that have been around for years and ones that are new in HTML5.
  • Prepare images for the Web and add them to your pages.
  • Use CSS to style text, add background colors and images, and implement a multicolumn layout.
  • Build a single site for all users—whether they are using a mobile phone, tablet, laptop, desktop computer, or other Web-enabled device—based on many of the components of responsive Web design, including CSS3 media queries.
  • Leverage new selectors in CSS3, add Web fonts to your pages with @font-face, and use CSS3 effects such as opacity, background alpha transparency, gradients, rounded corners, drop shadows, shadows inside elements, text shadows, and multiple background images.
  • Improve your site’s accessibility with ARIA landmark roles and other good coding practices.
  • Build forms to solicit input from your visitors.
  • Include media in your pages with the HTML5 audio and video elements.
  • Test and debug your Web pages.
  • Secure a domain name and publish your site.
 And much more! All book code samples and more are available on the companion web site.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 59362 KB
  • Print Length: 576 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Up to 5 simultaneous devices, per publisher limits
  • Publisher: Peachpit Press; 7 edition (27 Dec 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0131382047
  • ISBN-13: 978-0131382046
  • ASIN: B006QRYPK2
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #221,731 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Useless examples 11 Oct 2012
By C&C fan
Well written technical books have many examples which the author guides you through step by step; or they have an example which is developed further as you proceed through the book.

This book has neither - the examples are useless i.e. open the tag, put in content, close the tag.

There is some good information there but really it can be summed up by p180: "CSS2 is the version best supported across browsers both new and old so this book will cover it extensively."
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great for newcomers and intermediates 2 Sep 2012
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I wrote my first website 10 years ago using the 4th edition of this book. Ok, the examples haven't changed that much and some of the stuff you need is now on the web and not in the book, but it saves a lot of time typing! HTML 5 and CSS3 are vastly different from previous versions and this book updated me and got me back up and running in no time after crashing out with both Drupal and Joomla which proved to be too techie and buggy for me.
Basically, if you're a professional don't buy this book. For the other 99% of us this is a must have book that you will find yourself referring to over and over again. Buy it, you won't be sorry.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
I have read previous versions of the HTML & CSS Quickstart books, and found them to provide a solid background to the subject. I was a little disappointed in the previous version that the examples were not more modern in layout and style. You just have to look at the authors website to see what I mean.

When I read that this latest version included `approximately 125 pages added and substantial updates to (or complete rewrites of) nearly every page' I was most exited and looking forward to new and updated content. However what you get is the same old content without major updates, exactly the same samples, with just a couple of chapters on HTML5 added at the end.

I would get a copy of your local library before committing yourself to the purchase of this title. I for one think that authors should be spending more time on books like this, rather that rolling out the same old stuff with a new cover.

Follow the free guides on W3Schools is my advice.
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By Dev
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This book did have a lot of information included, however some elements of HTML and CSS are not included and this made it hard to implement some of the elements into a project i am working on using this book.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Does the job 5 July 2013
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Solution Architect, ScrumMaster and Enterprise System, N-Tier developer.
It contains the right amount of detail to prototype front-ends in an agile fashion using up-to-date techniques easily.
At 500+ pages it is not that lightweight. Not detailed enough if you're a pure front-end developer.
Quick way to get up and running - needs to be paired with an in-depth O'Reilly title equivalent.
I like the innovative format so i'm giving it 4 stars, depth is only 3 stars though.
Useful refresher if front-end is a smaller proportion of your development time.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Useful reference 25 Jun 2013
By Carl
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Maybe not quite as good as some of the more specifically "visual" books on the subject but nonetheless a very useful and up to date reference work.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Useful for students 5 April 2013
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This guide is useful for anyone seeking to study web design and who has little or no experience in the field.
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