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VINE VOICEon 21 November 2013
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As an intermediate user I would hesitate to recommend this book to a beginner. Of course, the object of using HTML and CSS is to separate out the content side of site-building from the design - but you cannot explain that concept without showing the two working in conjunction. If I was writing a 'beginners' guide' I would start chapter one with a screenshot of both the HTML and CSS side by side so that the uninitiated reader can make the connection between the HTML layout and the CSS styling - let the dog see the rabbit! Instead of which, this book is almost entirely CSS-free while discussing HTML - at several points using in-line styling before explaining that this is NOT the way to do it! Even when CSS does finally make an appearance, it is introduced with a screenshot of HTML - very confusing. It also takes the reader down side alleys of minutiae (how to add an umlaut) which just takes one eye off the ball. We have the obligatory chapter on building forms - before the reader is told that, without an understanding of .PHP the beginner is better to use a form generator. Either they should add an introduction to .PHP or, my suggestion would be, leave out the chapter on form building - a beginner is not going to be able to implement it.

As a result I think a beginner would find this a frustrating read. Useful as a reference (and it does give some good links to other web resources), but not great for instruction.
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VINE VOICEon 27 December 2013
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As with all the "... For Dummies" series, the name doesn't quite do the book justice. Although seemingly aimed at those with little-to-no experience with HTML and other codes, a simplistic introduction allows in-depth exploration of ideas. Being written with and aimed at the latest versions of the principle codes, this book also offers an easy "update" to anyone used to coding with earlier versions of the languages. With the prolific advent of "WYSIWYG" web-editors, it's easy to forget just what goes on behind the scenes - and often the only way to iron out niggling problems, is to know what really is going on behind the scenes. Not for bed-time reading, but definitely worth an hour or two building a few simple pages, and exploring your knowledge of web coding.
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on 3 November 2014
I didn't find this book particularly easy to follow, and kind of felt it lacked direction.

You'll probably need to play around in Adobe Dreamweaver for a bit before picking this up, as learning from the coded examples given in the book is, in my opinion, the most effective way of learning.

Not a bad book, but didn't quite deliver the spoon-fed lesson I was hoping given the "For Dummies..." name.
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VINE VOICEon 4 December 2013
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Great book to help with the basics of html5 &css3. I am a complete newbie and this is a very helpful reference book to use when going back and forth between projects. The simple layout and design make it easy to follow. Highly recommended for beginners and also people who want an easy reference for certain aspects of coding.
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VINE VOICEon 28 November 2013
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Over the years I have become a great fan of the "for Dummies" series of books and this doesn't change my views at all.

The books are in general, well laid out and present their content in a structured logical manner and are clear and easy to follow. Key points, hints and potential pitfalls are highlighted by friendly little icons in the page borders and you get to work along with the book on a number of mini projects that will give you a good grounding in building web pages. There are links to all the software you could need for coding and there is a load more content available on a dedicated web page for the book you get to access as well.

You aren't going to come away as an expert after working through this, but you will be well on the way to putting together a half decent website which avoids many common errors and in my view, that is a great place to be starting off from.
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on 2 September 2014
Again, horrendous languages made easier to learn with this fantastic book. Thank you very much.
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If you want to learn about the latest HTML version and cascading style sheets then this book will help you. It does assume a little pre-knowledge (thus only 4 stars) but nothing you can't pickup from free websites. By the end of the book you'll have looked at what makes a good website and how to create it using these tools.
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VINE VOICEon 7 November 2013
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These days, anyone can build a website without any technical knowledge using a variety of easy-to-use tools, including online services such as Wix and drag-and-drop desktop applications such as Serif WebPlus.

But to really appreciate web design, it is useful to learn basic HTML and CSS. Armed with these tools, you can be more in control of your website and enable you to "tweak" your website so that it is exactly as you want it to be.

Beginning HTML5 and CSS3 For Dummies is a very good introduction to these concepts. The book explains clearly and as painlessly as possible how to build a website from scratch using just Notepad or a similar text editor. Like with other Dummies, the book is clearly set out, easy to follow, and packed with illustrations that aid understanding.

Be warned: learning HTML and CSS3 takes time and effort, but it is not as complicated as you might think. With the help of this book, you can grasp the basics without too much of a problem. It is probably the best introduction to website building that I have encountered.
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on 25 September 2014
Even I can understand it
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TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICEon 10 November 2013
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This book is most useful for someone just beginning to create their first, basic website or who maybe has some knowledge of coding. It guides you through the process stage by stage. To enhance the book there are links to an excellent downloadable text editor and to a website where you can see templates described in the book and copy them for yourself.

When you have finished the book you should have a basic website able to be published on-line. At that point you will either want to give up website design or, if you find that it is something you wish to pursue, you will be ready to use a more sophisticated program.

This is an excellent and well written introduction to website design for the beginner.
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