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  • Paperback: 692 pages
  • Publisher: John Wiley & Sons; 1 edition (27 Oct. 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470060891
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470060896
  • Product Dimensions: 18.8 x 3.6 x 23.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 294,649 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Simply the best introduction to all aspects of the design anddevelopment of successful Web sites.

As the World Wide Web has matured, the need for high qualityeducation in all aspects of Web design has become widelyacknowledged. This book is a core text for undergraduate andmasters courses that provides a complete introduction to everyaspect of the building of Web pages and Web sites. A completeunderstanding of the basics of all aspects of Web design isessential to the development of good practice.

Starting from a review of Web experiences, the text provides adeep and thorough introduction to Web technology, markup,stylesheets, Web graphics, Web animation and embedded video,client–side scripting, Web applications, usability, accessibility,page design and site design. At all times, the focus remains ongood practice, underpinned by sound principles, in the context ofthe real World Wide Web. Full coverage of the essentialtechnologies is provided: HTTP, XHTML, CSS, Javascript and the DOM,and the use of Web Standards is emphasized throughout as anessential part of the authors′ forward–looking approach. Someelementary programming knowledge is required for use of thistext.

Suitable for course use or self–study, this comprehensiveintroduction represents a complete overview of the practice of Webdesign, providing clear summaries and a wealth of exercises andshort practical assignments, as well as a valuable survey of themost popular software tools used in Web design. An extensiveglossary and a wide rage of other supplementary material areprovided on the supporting Web site.

Also by Nigel and Jenny Chapman: Digital Multimedia,2e (0–470–85890–7) is a core text for undergraduate and masterscourses in multimedia. It combines a broad and deep account oftechnology with an inside understanding of multimedia content andits practical applications. Coverage begins with the nature ofmultimedia, including the cultural and social context, beforeexamining hardware and software requirements for its creation anddelivery. There are chapters devoted to each media type, detailinghow it is represented in digital form and what demands are placedon computer systems. Later chapters cover design principles andaccessibility, XML and its applications to multimedia, creatinginteraction through scripting and networking media. There areend–of–chapter exercises as well as detailed suggestions forsubstantial projects.

About the Author

Nigel Chapman is a well–known author of books on new mediatechnologies and programming languages. Nigel taught ComputerScience at University College London until he became a freelancewriter, researcher and consultant.

Jenny Chapman is an award–winning new media, animationand video artist, and a Lecturer in new media animation atEdinburgh College of Art.


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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By a software engineer on 27 Nov. 2006
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This is a readable and carefully worded presentation of all aspects of web design, and it looks very good too. Web design principles are nicely encapsulated as "Get it right. Make it nice". I like that.

A lot of the book shows ways to get it right, and of necessity is quite technical (e.g. the chapters on Stylesheets, DOM scripting and Web applications), but "make it nice" is given great importance throughout, with excellent chapters on page design and site design. The book emphasizes the importance of visual design and page layout and, fittingly, is itself well laid out and beautifully illustrated.

I wish all web designers could read and take notice of the recommendations in the chapter on accessibility and also offer style switching to give users better control of presentation to suit their needs.

The text contains lots of helpful asides on technical details or topics like "Browser quirks" and "Emerging technology" (looking ahead to XHTML 2.0 and SMIL for example) and "Key point" summaries after each chapter.

Although the book doesn't claim to cover every detail of, for example, CSS or scripting with Javascript and PHP, it shows enough to explain most syntax and functionality, by way of many examples, always stressing the importance of proper testing and error handling.

"Introduction" it may be, but I suspect that most professionals could learn a lot from this book too.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By GNRWaldy on 6 Mar. 2010
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This book was recommended for my Computer Science degree, and really helped during the crunch time of exams.

The book covers a range of topics, from Web Technology, through scripting and graphic design principles. "Complete Introduction" is a great title for this book!

There were some things that my lecturer did not cover that I learned as well, and for those interested in the technological side of computing, there are some nice little additions in here, such as how JPEG compression actually works and how videos work on the Internet.

For the novice/ beginner, this is an excellent introduction to the subject, but don't expect to be able to create flashy websites by the end of this book; it focusses more on principles and technology rather than beautiful layouts and catchy sites, though that isn't completely left out.
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By MR on 1 Aug. 2013
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Great book very well written, hands on exaplse and once u finish reading u should be able to write a clean html and css by yourslef
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Excellent! !! 17 Oct. 2007
By Lance Washington - Published on Amazon.com
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This is one of the most comprehensive books on web design that I have had the pleasure to read. I recommend this book as a college text for web design. I have read a few other books that colleges use for web design/development but this one outshines them. Also the books construction is high quality. From beginner to intermediate designers/developers this book has a lot to offer. Very highly recommended. Note: I am very surprised
not to see any reviews of this book, but it did take some searching on amazon.com to find it. I know that for $55 and no amazon discount, this book is not cheap. But I believe that it is well worth it.
It's an excellent book for you to learn 16 Mar. 2013
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This is an excellent book for me to understand web design. It teaches you from the fundamental knowledge to practical application. I have read a few other books for web design, this book is the best!
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Web Design: A complete introduction was delivered to me within 5 days. That was excellent since I needed it for my online course of Web Design. The book came in excellent condition.
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