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HTML 4 For Dummies Paperback – 7 Jun 2000

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  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: John Wiley & Sons; 3rd Revised edition edition (7 Jun. 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0764507230
  • ISBN-13: 978-0764507236
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 1.1 x 9.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,685,054 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Hard-core programmers would say that HTML is for dummies. Nonetheless, those of us who'd like to build and maintain our own Web sites but cringe at the sight of anything resembling a programming language, HTML 4 for Dummies is the hand-holding guide we need to help us through.

Given that so many HTML editors are available that do all of the site-building work for you, it's strange that the authors chose to wait until Appendix C in the back of the book to explain why you need to know HTML. Still, their reasons for learning HTML are sound and the advice they dispense is solid.

Along with going through the ins and outs of HTML tags, the authors do a fine job of explaining what design elements work and how to avoid common mistakes. The section on XHTML ensures that budding site builders have all the latest tools at their disposal.

Whether your goal is to build a simple, text-oriented Web site, or one loaded with frames and graphics and animation, HTML 4 for Dummies will put you on the right track. --John Frederick Moore, amazon.com

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"…very down to earth, practical advice…" -- Web Pages Made Easy, 1 August 2002

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Format: Paperback
I read this book cover to cover some time ago to fill any gaps I may have encountered in teaching myself HTML years before. The book covers pretty much every fundamental aspect of HTML, and does a decent job of explaining it all, too. Some other reviews state the book is difficult to follow. Unfortunately, even HTML has a degree of complexity, and this book explains HTML in as simplified a way as is possible.

This book falls short not through a lack of content, but in that it's fairly dated in today's context. After reading the entire book, you'll be able to create websites that would have looked very much bog-standard even in the late 90s. The real designs start coming together when you start working with programs like Photoshop and Flash alongside hard coding HTML. With several graphic design tools and these foundational HTML techniques, you'll be able to create websites. Don't be under the illusion that you'll finish the book and be able to throw together a contemporary website.

Another point worth mentioning is that XHTML is the current standard, and soon HTML 4 will be fairly obsolete. It may be a couple of years down the line, but that's roughly the learning curve for getting reasonably good at web design. I'd reccommend any XHTML book over this book, as they tend to cover everything useful (and necessary) in this book and disregard all the useless, obsolete tags that make your site look like it hasn't been updated since 1996.

However, if you simply want to learn HTML to make a basic homepage for family photos or the like, this book may be all you need.
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This is a great book - before reading it I had no idea how to use HTML, now I have my own webpage. This gently leads the reader through a range of HTML skills, from creating a very basic page, to one incorporating tables, frames, graphics, javascript and other more complex elements. The language used is simple to follow, without being patronising, and technical details are included, but explained in full. There are also many useful links to websites of interest, as well as the Dummies website, which is a valuable resource. Well worth buying - with this book creating a web page entirely from scratch is made simple.
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By A Customer on 31 Oct. 1998
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This book is fantastic. I read this book with no knowledge whatsoever of HTML or web design, and am now a web hotshot who's been hired to design several pages and even opened my own site to help teach others about the web. The real meat of this book is in Chapter 5, where all the tags are presented along with all of their attributes, properties, and what exactly they do. The enclosed CD is a sheer boon, providing powerful tools and more examples than you could shake a stick at. I highly recommend it.
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Quite unsuitable for "Dummies", with virtually no prior knowledge of HTML.

One would expect a book like this to present the material in an orderly, structured manner, one thing at a time, starting with the most elementary concepts. This, unfortunately, is not the case. One only has to get as far as page 18 to encounter such terms as HTML, XHTML,(X)HTML, Document Type Definitions, Standard Generalised Markup Language, W3C, XHTML Transitional, XHTML Frameset, etc. Strong stuff indeed for a raw beginner!

And the reader may well be forgiven for wondering "what on earth is (X)HTML? Is this yet another variety of HTML?"

There should be frequent opportunities for self-testing, to ensure that the reader has thoroughly understood what he has read and practiced, before moving on to the next step. I found no evidence of any such testing.

On page 17 will be found the statement that "This book uses the XHTML 1.0 specification as its basis". Confusing indeed, when one recalls that the book is supposed to deal with "HTML for Dummies", and NOT with "XHTML for Dummies".

My main criticizm is that I could never be sure about which of the varieties of HTML the authors were talking at any given time - plain HTML, XHTML or (X)HTML, whatever that may be! What am I actually trying to learn here? A huge source of frustration! The book may well contain accurate information, but this is of no use whatsoever to a beginner unless he is absolutely clear from the outset about WHAT he is learning. The book makes a meal of what ought to be a straightforward subject, producing a sense of irritation in the reader. It does not even begin to approach the excellent standard of other Dummies books that I have read. My first reaction to this book was one of frustration followed by a sense of regret that I had purchased it in the first place.

You have probably guessed by now that I do not recommend it at all!
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By A Customer on 16 July 1998
Format: Paperback
Unlike other fine Dummies books, this Dummies book tosses you right into cold HTML waters, and keeps taking you deeper, while you look for shore. I got in over my head fast, and I had some HTML experience via the web. I eventually learned HTML mostly through FREE web tutorials; they are often concise, one small chunk at a time, and you make pages as you go. Plus they're conversational and often funnier than this disappointment.
I refer to this book only occasionally. Any humor seemed to be tacked onto headings as an afterthought; Mostly it was a rather dry technical text book. And there are too few examples ("Here's the code, and here's how it looks in your browser" isn't seen often).
I now have a complex web site I'm proud of -- but I learned how elsewhere.
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