HTML 4 For Dummies Paperback – 7 Jun 2000
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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
" very down to earth, practical advice " -- Web Pages Made Easy, 1 August 2002See all Product Description
Top Customer Reviews
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.
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!
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great book for self learning of HTML with plenty of examples and tests. Well laid out and bound as a ring bound bookPublished on 19 Nov. 2013 by Egypt1am
Fantastic book. The only text I have on HTML. Enabled me to get to grips with my own website [...] Crammed with useful tips for the beginner.Published on 30 May 2008 by Dr. S. A. Mitton
I was very pleased with this book. I hadn't done any html work before and after reading this book I have created my own website. I've actually surprised myself! Read morePublished on 15 Nov. 2007 by Emma
Let's face it, reviews are all very well and indeed there are lots of good ones (including some on this page), however, it's proof we all want. Read morePublished on 8 April 2007 by gadget
Although this book has a lot of good information, it is strung together poorly rendering it a bad choice for a first book. Read morePublished on 13 Feb. 2002 by Socrates
Now this is one great book - the more fiendly, interesting reference to some very useful hypertext markup language. It's fun for all ages -I'm only 12! Read morePublished on 11 Sept. 2001 by email@example.com
The book was awful. The book always goes of subject by showing you the design of a webpage instead of the actual HTML. Get another book on HTML if you want to learn HTML. Read morePublished on 13 Aug. 1999
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