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HTML and CSS: Design and Build Websites Paperback – 18 Nov 2011
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This beautifully designed manual explains how to use HTML in a concise readable format...A wonderful resource. (.net, June 2012)
A refreshing take on the subject. The title provides a great overview without feeling like a textbook. (Computer Arts, June 2012)
From the Back Cover
WELCOME TO A NICER WAY TO LEARN ABOUT HTML & CSS
Whether you want to design and build websites from scratch or take more control over an existing site, this book will help you create attractive, user–friendly web content. We understand that code can be intimidating, but take a look inside and you will see how this guide differs from many traditional programming books.
Each page introduces a new topic in a simple, visual way with straightforward explanations accompanied by bite–sized code samples. You will also find practical help on how to organize and design the pages of your site so that you can create websites that look stunning and are easy to use. No previous experience needed.
This book is for
Web designers and programmers
Online editors and content editors
Marketing & e–commerce managers
Bloggers and hobbyists
You′ll learn to Write
HTML and CSS3
Structure web pages and sites
Prepare images, audio, and video
Control typography and layout
Code examples available online at: http://www.htmlandcssbook.com
Plus video demos and tutorials
Bonus reference tools
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I have successfully done this based on what I learned from this book.
My view is the learning style described as follows is effective:
The author explains the topics in the chapter.
At the end of each chapter there is an excerise where you can type in code relevant to the chapter and see a website type output.
I did these exercises and then made changes to the code so that I could learn to change things.
This worked for me and I have been able to customise one of the websites by changing and editing code.
As per the content it covers a lot of the things you are going to use on an everyday basis if you decide to make a career out of this and even more useful stuff.
I cannot overstate how well written this book is. It is clear, concise, easy to understand and every piece of code it introduces is fully explained and examples given. It seems improbable that such a book wouldn't be boring, but honestly, it's not.
Highly, highly recommended.
My only one minor niggle is that it is time for an update- it's now 4 years old.
Having deprecated understanding of HTML & near zero pertaining to CSS, this manual enable me to plough through months of work in a few short hours, Jon Duckett's writing style is to the point; bereft or lengthy Jargon exposition and parsed in a manner that stands apart from other patronising; overtly complicated and condescending publications on the subject, having gone through a number of volumes by other publishers (packaged with gimmicks such as 'free code' but donations were expected) this book delivered.
If your new to it all or even a Veteran Web Dev Guru, this book deserves a place on the shelf and for the prices available on Amazon it's a bargain.
So I'm not a total beginner, but my knowledge of CSS was very sketchy.
My concern was that this book would be too simplistic for my level of knowledge, but I have to say this is not the case.
The layout is simple and concise - each double page spread covers an element of CSS, with examples of HTML code, CSS code and the results that appear in your browser.
Reading it gives you all the information you need to use CSS, but it also gives you ideas and many 'Ah, so that's how they do that!' moments.
In addition to this, it gives up to date hints and tips on website design that are relevant for modern websites.
When you have read it, the design and layout of the book is such that it also works very well as a reference.
I can see this book is going to stay on my shelf and remain useful for a long time.
For me this is the best IT book I have purchased for some time and I will be looking out for more books by Jon Duckett, I just wish he wrote a similar book about PHP.
I have never before read a technical book that was so well laid out and easy to follow. If you cannot learn HTML and CSS from this book you should probably conclude that these topics are not for you.
The secret behind it is in the chunking. The breaking down into small, logical parts, that are extremely easy to follow and then to implement in your web related projects.
The book will also serve you well as a reference in the future, for those times when you forget bits of syntax and need to look them up.
An excellent piece of work.
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