The Complete Idiot's Guide to Creating a Web Page Paperback – 22 Dec 1999
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In the Complete Idiot's Guide to Creating a Web Page, the author does a fair job of covering the subject in a friendly, engaging tone. One of the charms of the Web is that just about anyone can (and does) create a Web page. "It's cinchy," they tell you. And they're right. But it always helps to have a book handy to help you with some of the not-so-cinchy parts. And it amazes me how many Web design or publishing books just don't get it. Fortunately, this isn't one of those books.
. Yes, this book has life to it. There is a personality. The humour isn't forced or condescending. Paul covers a lot of ground quickly and I had to remind myself that Idiot's Guides, like Dummies books, are references. So where I thought some things were skipped over quickly, the truth is that as a reference the book works well. (True beginners who need handholding and tutorials should turn elsewhere.)
I suppose I could gripe that the book doesn't cover XML, an advanced topic for Web page creation, and one that I've yet to see a decent book on, anyway. That's a minor quibble though; as far as I'm concerned. No, for basic Web page creation and publication, you really can't beat this book. --Dan Gookin
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Down to Earth Advice When the Going Gets Tough!
The Complete Idiot's Guide to Creating an HTML Web Page, Fourth Edition, provides you with the tools you need to create and customize your Web pages.
A careful, step-by-step approach enables you to build and publish your first Web page.
With the basics in place, you are slowly introduced to more advanced concepts such as tables, forms, frames, and style sheets.
Many examples illustrate each new concept, and you are encouraged to use and build upon these examples.
Step-by-step approach builds confidence and enables you to construct and publish your first Web page.
Simple, non-technical explanations enable you to incorporate more advanced technologies such as tables, forms, frames, and style sheets.
A companion mailing list encouragees you to continue your HTML education.
CD-ROM contains Webmaster's Toolkit, HTML editors, graphics programs and files, sound files, and sample Web pages.See all Product Description
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Top Customer Reviews
Paul writes in a very entertaining style - I've never read such a fun textbook! He doesn't spend ages going through <yawn> standards and suchlike It's also really easy to understand. I read "HTML for dummies" and got bored and bogged down. This book is genuinely pitched at idiots.
The author writes with a light, humorous style, and never overloads you with information. As you go through this book, you will quickly learn how to prepare a simple page, then will learn how to add graphics, links, sounds, forms, etc. to it.
The book comes with a CD that features several helpful programs, and dozens of pieces of clip art that you can use on your site.
Will this book make you a high-speed Java programmer? Definitely not, but that is not its goal.
If you want to learn how to put together a web page, and want to read an easy-to-follow book, complete with step-by-step instructions, that does not talk down to you for being a novice, this is it!
This book was worth every penny I paid for it!
The book is light and funny, avoids unneccesary jargon, often tells you the "least you need to know" to successfully do what you want.
The only shortcoming of the book is that it is for beginners -- and well it gives a good breadth -- those that want to get more serious will want additional resources eventually.
He also gives good style points on what not to do on a website.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I would recommend this book for anyone who is a total beginner at creating a web page.
The book explains how to proceed very clearly.
This is a book that I recommend for anyone who does not know anything about creating a website. This book will teach you the basic method of creating a website using the basic... Read morePublished on 21 Oct. 2010 by Kingram
This was my first real book into the world of html. Before this, was using easy web creator suites, like Frontpage, AOL creator, etc, but with those packages, you are limited to... Read morePublished on 24 Aug. 2009 by Andrew - (sekrapa)
is it possible that this book was written by ned flanders? to be fair to the book, i haven't got to grips with it as yet and possibly in six months time i will be a devoted fan but... Read morePublished on 7 July 2003 by Dog in a Flat Cap
I picked up this book after reading a recommendation. I knew nothing about html or java but reading this book I was able to put together fairly complex (at least complex looking... Read morePublished on 5 April 2001
If you're wondering where to start in the maze that is web page building then you couldn't do much better than Paul McFedries book. Read morePublished on 3 Jan. 2001
OK, so it teaches you how to use HTML with the minimum amount of fuss but this book is quite uniquely irritating. Read morePublished on 15 Aug. 2000
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