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Beginning Web Programming with HTML, XHTML and CSS (Wrox Beginning Guides) Paperback – 6 Aug 2004

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  • Paperback: 840 pages
  • Publisher: Wrox; 1 edition (6 Aug. 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0764570781
  • ISBN-13: 978-0764570780
  • Product Dimensions: 18.8 x 4.5 x 23.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
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From the Back Cover

As the Web has evolved, tools and methods for creating Web pages have also changed and matured. This book teaches you to create Web sites using a combination of new and mature technologies and shows you the best practices that have emerged for using these technologies.

In these pages you will learn to build Web sites with traditional HTML and its successor XHTML. You will see how CSS can be used to make your Web pages more attractive by controlling the presentation and formatting of pages, and how to use JavaScript to enhance the power of your pages. Along the way you will learn how to make your pages work in several generations of Web browsers, including new Web–enabled devices such as mobile phones. You′ll also learn techniques that make your site more usable and accessible.

What you will learn from this book

  • How to create Web sites using established standards
  • The differences between HTML and its successor XHTML
  • How to include images and links in your pages
  • Methods of collecting information from visitors to your site using forms
  • Ways to control the appearance of your pages (such as fonts, colors, and backgrounds) using CSS
  • How to use tables, frames, and CSS to control page layout
  • Design issues such as creating simple navigation and usable forms
  • How to deliver Web pages to a wide range of devices
  • The basics of using JavaScript in your pages

Who this book is for

This book is for anyone who wants to understand the language of the Web and learn to create Web pages. You should know how to access and view Web pages with a browser, but previous programming experience is not necessary.

Wrox Beginning guides are crafted to make learning programming languages and technologies easier than you think, providing a structured tutorial format that will guide you through all the techniques involved.

About the Author

Jon Duckett published his first Web site in 1996 while studying for a BSc (Hons) in Psychology at Brunel University, London. Since then he has helped create a wide variety of Web sites and has co–written more than ten programming–related books on topics from ASP to XML (via many other letters of the alphabet) covering diverse aspects of Web programming including design, architecture, and coding.
After graduation, Jon worked for Wrox Press first in its Birmingham (UK) offices for three years and then in Sydney, Australia, for another year. He is now a freelance developer and consultant based in a leafy suburb of London, working for a range of clients spread across three continents.
When not stuck in front of a computer screen, Jon enjoys listening to music and writing.

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I bought the book to develop my understanding of XHTML/css with the specific purpose of trying to better understand accessibility issues. I think the book does a good job in getting you 'up and running'. However, the finished site does not render properly in Firefox (released version 1 or 1.5 Beta 2)if you try and magnify/enlarge the text the page actually disintegrates! It looks/behaves great in Opera and IE (subject to IEs limitations). I have tried raising the question on the publishers forum and not had a reply. Im unable to figure out how to correct the problem - is it code from the 'page' or a browser issue?
I still believe the author has produced a good work in a complex field; if this issue could be clarified I would reconsider my rating.
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I am a 3rd year Information Systems Student and this book has been really useful with assisting me with XHTML and CSS in my Web Principles module. It has useful examples that are explained in plain English, which is a delightful change from Computer Jargon written books.
Don't be put off from the size as you can just flick through to find the sections that you need help with.
Overall a good guide for people interested in building webpages in HTML/XHTML and CSS.
Well recommended!!!
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Very good book for anyone with no knowledge of programming. I've nearly finished it and have already ordered my next Wrox book. If your wanting to learn the basics of html programming along with other areas CSS (I didn't even know what CSS was before I started....or html for that matter)then this is the book for you. Great introduction.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Learning Tool 13 Jan. 2013
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As a Computer Science major, I am always learning and mastering languages. I have known HTML and CSS for quite a while, but I used this book to show me how to transition to XHTML and also for the brief introduction to JavaScript. This book was overall a very easy to follow and insightful guide to learning the in's and out's to programming on the web (at a basic level). I have bought the set of books from Wrox (This one, JavaScript, PHP, and SQL) and I couldn't have been happier. I find all of their books to be great teaching sources and also a great reference. As a CS major, I find it extremely helpful to have AT LEAST 1 reference book for every language, and this is a great one for (X)HTML and CSS. I strongly recommend this to all my friends who wish to get into the wonderful world of web based programming. 5/5 stars!
3.0 out of 5 stars Kindle Specific Review 14 Jan. 2011
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I agree with most of the reviews written about this book, its good not great in my personal opinion.

But my advice is regarding the kindle version. The formatting is Terrible!! Whoever did this obviously just copied and pasted it because its all over the place.
No effort was put into it whatsoever. You still get the message from the book but reading it is far from pleasant, text size varies A Lot! Lines don't align.
Download the sample for yourself before you buy. I wish I had.

Its just really really poor. And shame on whoever did this so called conversion. I realise its an older book, but come on at least put in some effort.
I just have to ask did anyone proof read this before they put it up there?

If you do want this book get a hard copy and steer clear of the kindle version
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great teaching book 11 Dec. 2007
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Great introduction to front-end web programming using XHTML and CSS. It even gets into the nitty-gritty of SEO strategies, rating your site for child access, testing methods, and accessibility for the visually impaired. Also provides a good, although brief intro to JavaScript, database driven websites, and programming for mobile devices.

Yes there is a lot of repetition and a bit of wandering back and forth across subjects, and yes it can be annoying. But most books in this genre are guilty of that. This one is no better nor worse than the others. Nice reference and appendix. Recommended.
12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very thorough page turner 17 Nov. 2005
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For being a technical book, this was a very nice read. Similar to other Wrox books that I have read in that their basic format is a thorough explanation of a subject, then a "try it out" where you are able to implement the subject, and finally a "how it work" where the "try it out" is explained.

In addition to teaching html this book goes into other parts of web programming including CSS, JavaScript, and XML. The two chapters on CSS are informative but I would suggest a book dedicated to the vast subject. Each chapter for JavaScript and XML are more of an appetizer to wet your appetite for a more thorough dedicated title.

Could have used some color, especially the HTML color appendix. I would also suggest, if it becomes possible and soon I would think it should, getting an updated addition of this book. This information is certainly up to date but there is much "errata" or errors. One must visit the Wrox web site to gather these "updates" to ovoid confusion. Also, there are several errors not covered in the errata that even I was able to discover. This, however, is part of reading technical books. I don't think anyone purchasing this title is looking for a literary gem.

If I had it to do over I would still get this book. If I lost it I would replace it. And you do stop getting creped out by the author's picture staring at you after a few days.
5.0 out of 5 stars PHP 30 Dec. 2013
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Another wiev of PHP the very magic language to handle html/html5PHP and CSS webbpages in order to do some really nice variants.I have as you know several books in the same area but you can always get more info using several books
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