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Well Written and comprehensive, needs updating though,
I thought it rather quaint that this book started out listing a load of antiquated presentational tags. It was only when I read one of the other reviews here that I realised why this is, it's because the section is based on an archaic version of HTML and it has only really had a bit of a 'coat of paint' to bring it up to date.
I'm not sure I could recommend a complete newbie to start out by learning practices that would have been out of date even when the book was first published and are therefore only really of historical interest now. The disclaimer that 'Old sites still use these tags so you need to know about them' is a little stretched IMHO
I think this book does have some merit still today, if one is interested in getting a broader view of the evolution of HTML and an understanding of the direction of web development etc. I found the first chapter to be quite useful, as a general overview, eg. how the HTML elements relate to real world print entities was very well explained.
This is quite a comprehensive and well written book, and the content there is will be of interest, even if not so relevant to modern practices. I've read the authors more recent book "HTML & CSS: Design and Build Web Sites" ( I had not realised they were by the same author ) I'd go for that instead/ as well as this if you prefer a more visual approach to learning.