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Head First HTML and CSS
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on 8 August 2013
This is the first book on any sort of computer language I've ever actually finished.
In itself, that's reassuring.
I feel I've got a grasp on the fundamentals & am ready to move on to more advanced stuff & related languages which can enhance my site (within 2 days of starting this book I'd registered a domain name & sorted out some web hosting).
This is a great introductory book, no "dry" bits in it, plenty of pictures and "room" to allow you to either amble or race through it at your own pace.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 25 April 2013
This book is excellent.

It takes you right from needing to know nothing about HTML or CSS through to understanding it well enough to confidently markup and style your own web pages.

You won't learn anything about creating dynamic web applications here (they save that for the sister title Head First HTML5 Programming) but you'll have a first rate foundation on which to build that knowledge after reading this book.
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on 23 July 2013
I am studying to pass an exam for web design. Everything about HTML & CSS in my study books I have found in Head First and maybe more. The difference is my level of understanding from my study materials of HTML &CSS and my level of understanding from Head First is so different, that I wish the authors of Head First were put in charge of all study materiel for my Web Design course. This book is really designed for you to really learn and understand HTML and CSS on a cellar level and uses different methods including humor to make sure the understanding sinks in and sinks in good.

There are a few mistakes in the book, a cross word puzzle in Chapter 3 (I think) but having bought quite a few books about different computer languages, I have yet to buy one that doesn't have any mistakes, we are human and not computers : )

When I have finished with HTML & CSS I will be moving on to Head First's Java Script book and any others I need to broaden my knowledge of Web Design and Web Development. I just wish they also included Photoshop as a subject of one of their books too.
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on 3 September 2013
Very, very fond memories of this book which was the most important step along the road to becoming a web editor back in 2008.

It is approachable, friendly and will teach you rock-solid web standards/HTML semantics if you pay attention.

Mix with JavaScript and a little responsive design and it would also be a great foundational book for 16/17 year olds thinking of becoming front-end developers; can't think of a course syllabus which would give you a better start!

Not read the HTML5 edition, so not sure how well it documents this (un-finalised) specification (wonder if poor old "hgroup" is in there...)
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on 1 September 2013
Initially I wasn't terribly gone on the book's format - anthropomorphisation of HTML tags, silly characters with speech bubbles etc seemed a little childish - but I have to hand it to the book's creators - it works. This is a fantastic book for a beginner. I learned a huge amount and the book's page layouts are excellent for positional awareness as you work through the book, where many other books on the subject are very short on visual cues - look up from the page and you are lost. This is definitely a book for a beginner and does a great job getting one up and running with HTML and CSS.
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on 8 July 2013
This is a first-rate instructional guide. It takes the reader through html and css in baby steps. I would advise anyone tackling this subject to have a basic web site set up on the web BEFORE starting this book, or a domain name and service provider at minimum.

The only fault I could find with the book was that it was too short, leaving me gasping for more. Seriously, there are topics that this book doesn't reach, like scripting, programming, feedburning. These are topics which I'm sure are covered in other books in the series.
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on 27 December 2013
Okay, that's the praise out of the way. This book is very slow-moving and rather patronising. I found it much easier just to keep a browser tab open on the W3.org tutorial pages for HTML and CSS and learn from those. If you want to learn HTML for its own sake then it may be quite a good book but if you have a need to create a web site then the linear nature of any book probably isn't quite right for the way you want to access information. And if you hate coffee and coffeehouses then this book really isn't for you.
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on 16 February 2014
It feels like its written for a 14 year old, but all the dumb jokes and retro 40-50s imagery probably break up the boredom. Im only 6 chapters in, and languages generally get harder as you dig further, but so far, the examples have been easy to follow and i feel like im learning a little.
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on 23 December 2014
My review is about the Kindle version of this book. I have no idea if it is good or not as some of the content is not actual text but images that you cannot enlarge. From a Kindle they are simply not visible. They should redesign a kindle version. The way it is is completely useless.
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on 14 September 2013
Just read the foreword: it has every reason why this book is an amazing tool for absolut beginners with no time but all the will to learn how to make websites!
Highly enjoyable, loads of fun while learning and very, very easy to understand.
Brilliant!
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