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  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: John Wiley & Sons; 6th Edition edition (6 Jun. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 047023847X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470238479
  • Product Dimensions: 18.8 x 2 x 23.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 671,172 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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From the Back Cover

Packed with useful tips, techniques, and code examples

Build quality Web pages with XHTML and add some pizzazz with CSS

You don′t have to be a master programmer to build great Web pages! This book shows you what HTML is about and how to use XHTML to format great–looking pages. Then you′ll see how CSS helps you manipulate colors, fonts, and more. You can even add scripting languages and build interactive pages — here′s how!

Discover how to:

  • Plan your Web site to prevent problems

  • Use the proper syntax for HTML and XHTML

  • Build a company Web site

  • Upload and publish Web pages

  • Integrate scripts with XHTML

  • Test and debug your Web pages

About the Author

Ed Tittel is a full–time independent writer, trainer, and consultant who works out of his home near beautiful Austin, Texas. Ed has been writing for the trade press since 1986 and has worked on more than 140 books. In addition to this title, Ed has worked on more than 35 books for Wiley, including Windows Server 2008 For Dummies, XML For Dummies, and Networking with NetWare For Dummies.
Ed is a Contributing Editor at, writes for half–a–dozen different Web sites, including, SearchNetworking. com, and, and also writes occasionally for other Web sites and magazines. When he’s not busy doing all that work stuff, Ed likes to travel, shoot pool, spend time with his family (especially taking walks with young Gregory), and turn the tables on his Mom, who now makes her home with the rest of the Texas Tittels.

Jeff Noble runs a small Web design and multimedia company called Conquest Media ( in Austin, Texas. Jeff has been working on, in, and around the Web for nearly 10 years, and he specializes in designing and creating unique, easy to use, functional Web sites. When he’s away from his computer, Jeff is often far from the madding crowd, choosing instead to hike and camp in wild places as far away from a wall socket as he can get.

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I used the original of this book back in the nineties, and I have recently acquired the updated version to help build a 21st century website. AWESOME!!!!!!!!!! I was scared stiff of the modern requirements, but being a dummy myself, the book lives up to its title. Be not afraid, oh ye of little faith. Trust in this book and all will become clear!!!!
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To begin with I should state that I am already fairly comfortable with HTML and CSS. I have been writing bespoke PHP sites since 2000. I recently found my HTML to be a little (how do I say) scruffy, and wanted an offline reference manual to describe step-by-step some of the overall concepts of HTML, XHTML and CSS, so that I could get back to some of the good habits I know I should be adhering to.
This book is well written and very pretty to read. Sometimes the coloured markup of code can be more distracting than it is useful, but it beats having to see the effects of various CSS techniques without having to do them yourself. It is structured in as much as it assumes you know nothing about HTML or the construction of websites/pages at all, and builds up to topics such as browser interpretations of CSS and Ecommerce. The line between HTML and XHTML I found to be very grey and not very well discussed within the book. Also I found some of the example code given to be 'dumps' rather than inline expalinations which I think would have helped to clear up some of the overall complexity in some of the code.
For me it's a little too simplistic. I skipped through over 2/3 of the book before finding anything that really deserved being read, and even then it was a little too superficial. I'm now looking at products like "CSS & XHTML: The Complete Reference" and "HTML, XHTML, and CSS All-in-one Desk Reference for Dummies" to get me writing tidier code and better UIs.
I guess what I'm saying is, if your a beginner this is as-good-a reference point to start as any other; if you're already versed in HTML and understand what it means to FTP your site code to a server then their are other resources that might better suit your requirements.
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this product provides the basic understanding of html scripting
it is very detailed and very easy to understand
great product!!!
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All books for dummies are very very helpful and written with a lot of details.It worths buying it.The only problem I had is that arrived late.It took about a month since I made the purchase.
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HASH(0x9bc479b4) out of 5 stars In my view, the only one to have 29 Oct. 2008
By Anthony Mcmanus - Published on
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As a retired aerospace engineer closing with 70, I must be the quintessential cyberspace "Dummie". Looking for a change from retirement boredom, I decided to write a specialist e-guide on kayaking and river running in Thailand. Of course, I would need a website to carry it. So, I set out to build one and obtained two "Dummies" books on website building. They were very good books, both, full of great info. But they made it very clear that I'd have to have something a little more than a passing acquaintance with the site building code, HTML. I had a bad feeling. It sounded, boring, ominous and turgid, rather like eating breakfast cereal without the milk. But I pressed on and bought one of the books recommended which was "HTML 4 for Dummies" by Ed Tittel and Mary Burmeister, 5th Edition. What a surprise. I may be a computer slowcoach, late to the cyberspace gate, but I am a professional and I do recognize and respect professionalism when meet it. The book was a breeze to follow, well written and superbly structured, with countless tips and links to helpful websites. I read the book through with pleasure and plundered it for instruction as I built my website. Mr. Tittel is a pro. He knows his subject well and, writing with a deft sense of humor, he teaches, guides and instills confidence in the reader. So much confidence that I have decided to build more websites. And who knows, maybe even become a webmaster. I lent my copy to a friend and he feels the same. It now sits torn, dog-eared, taped-up and battle-scarred on my bookshelf.
So when I heard of the latest edition "HTML, XHTML and CSS for Dummies" with Mr. Tittel in collaboration with Jeff Noble I obtained a copy. This book has everything the earlier book had, but more. Expanded, naturally, and with more emphasis on CSS and other relevant advances it's a wonderful book. I cannot recommend this work highly enough. It even packs along a dedicated website! If you're a beginner and want to build a website and want a good grasp of HTML, grab this book. And you'll be glad you did.
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HASH(0x9bc47a08) out of 5 stars The Perfect Book at the Perfect Time 2 Aug. 2008
By Don Eaves - Published on
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Finally a book that could help me! This was the perfect book at the perfect time.
Now I may or may not be an actual 'dummy', but I can say that this was the first book I've read that really helped me. I searched the book stores (sorry Amazon) looking for a book that could help me re-start a website, and all I could find was a bunch of over technical and complicated volumes that were hard for me to understand. This book was a good introduction book that I found very easy to read without being bogged down with too much technical jargon. The examples were basic but easy to understand and I was able to apply what I learned to help me get my broken-down web site actually working. I was about to give up my hopes of having a 'working' web site, and resign myself to living with the 'technical-dinosaurs'. Fortunately, this book turned all that around for me. Thank you Mr. Tittel and Mr Noble. I will be sending you guys a link to my site soon, so you can see what your book has made possible.
20 of 22 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9bc47e40) out of 5 stars Very good but somewhat out dated 30 Jan. 2009
By Robert E. Gillis - Published on
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I bought this book to learn XHTML and CSS, the latest standards in web development. I found the book very easy to understand and mostly it met my needs. The color examples made the code stand out and less confusing than if the book was printed in black ink. However, when it got to developing tables, the authors used depreciated HTML code which I found disappointing. I was hoping that they would have used the latest CSS standards to do it. All in all, I found the book to be good, but not excellent, introduction to HTML, XHTML.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9bc49228) out of 5 stars Excellent Resource Book 15 May 2009
By W. Card - Published on
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This book was very easy to comprehend. I didn't have any understanding of HTML, XHTML, or CSS until I read it. Thanks to Jeff Noble and Ed Tittle, I was able to create a community website for New Bern, NC. Check it out [...] I recommend this book to anyone who doesn't have previous knowledge of the topic.
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HASH(0x9bc4930c) out of 5 stars Excellent reference for HTML and CSS 30 Sept. 2008
By Travis L. Mcelroy - Published on
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I rarely buy books but I was stumped on trying to build a simple webpage for my daughter until I happened upon this book while searching Amazon. It has basically everything you need to know, with easy-to-find, easy-to-understand, and concise descriptions. This is a great introductory guide if you are learning the basics and fundamentals of HTML, XHTML, and CSS. I finally built my webpage and this book saved me tons of headaches!
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