- Paperback: 432 pages
- Publisher: John Wiley & Sons (11 May 2004)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0764557386
- ISBN-13: 978-0764557385
- Product Dimensions: 18.5 x 2.3 x 23.4 cm
- Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (1 customer review)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,362,834 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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From the Back Cover
How to take command of the wide, wonderful Web
- Use Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) to maintain consistent formatting for a slick, professional look
- Improve the quality of your site with XHTML, the next generation of markup language
- Jazz up your site with appropriate use of color, graphics, animation, and sound
- Discover how to improve your site design to make it more user friendly
- Write your pages to make them search engine friendly and improve your ranking automatically
- Check out all the examples and much more at the author′s Web site: www.intuitive.com/coolsites/
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I do a little programming and recently got involved with doing some CGI stuff for a website. The CGI stuff came easy, but my site design was extremely lame. This book makes it simple to move beyond the boring and put in a little fun.
My two daughters are interested in doing Web design and kept taking my book, so I bought two more copies for them.
If you are just starting out, this is the place to start!
There is a lot of your standard HTML stuff in here and even some decent CSS basics, but as for being a good start towards creative or "cool" sites utilizing the contents; it's not. Just some run of the mill examples. It even has whole sections dedicated to frames. Yech. The CSS examples are pretty limited too. One small chapter on CSS inline text formatting (no stylesheet use) followed by a large chapter on table based layouts. What a shame.
Decent for a beginner, but I'd gravitate towards "CSS Web Design for Dummies" instead.
It's more like a workbook than a manual, so it helps to work chapter by chapter.
It's easier to use than a manual and much less cumbersome.
However, I feel "Headfirst HTML with CSS & XHTML" by O'Reilly is more comprehensive while still holding onto the "workbook" style.
Make this book your SECOND choice to the O'Reilly book.
Beginning web designers or web designers who want to grow beyond single page designs.
This is a reference/tutorial guide to web technologies that are necessary to build web sites. The book is divided into three parts:
Part 1 - Building A Wicked Cool Web Page - So What's All This Web Jazz?; Building Your First Web Page: HTML Basics; Presenting Text Attractively; Moving Into The 21st Century With Cascading Style Sheets; Lists And Special Characters; Putting The Web In World Wide Web: Adding Pointers And Links; From Dull To Cool By Adding Graphics
Part 3 - Expanding Your Pages Into A Web Site - Web Sites versus Web Pages; Thinking About Your Visitors And Your Site's Usability; Validating Your Pages And Style Sheets; Building Traffic And Being Found; Closing Thoughts; Appendix A: Step-by-step Web Site Planning Guide; Appendix B: Finding A Home For Your Web Site; Index
If you're just starting out with learning how to build Web pages or sites, you no doubt have a wide number of books to choose from to help you learn those skills. But you can easily get bogged down in the minutiae of every little HTML tag and still not know what CSS means. You need a readable book that gives you solid coverage of essential information. With that in mind, you should check out Creating Cool Web Sites With HTML, XHTML, and CSS by Dave Taylor.
While targeted more towards beginners, the information in part 3 is a worthy read for a larger audience. To properly build a web site, you have to think of it as a cohesive whole, not just a collection of separate pages. The author helps the reader think through site issues, such as traffic, accessibility, and so on. Once again, any one of these topics could be a book on its own, but this is a nice level of coverage for initial exposure and to get started.
Beginners will find this to be an approachable coverage of web technologies, while intermediate designers will probably gravitate to the Web site design and CSS information.
I had some experience with CSS which is why I had questions. Chapter 4 is twenty-odd pages that I assimilated in 15 minutes --it answered ALL of my questions and had me itching to try things out! I immediately re-factored my site's pages and it ALL worked on the first crack! Chap. 4 alone justifies purchasing the book. If you're still using the FONT tag or positioning images with TABLEs, kiss that goodbye forever! CSS is so much more professional and controllable, and this is a killer introduction.
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