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This was my first real book into the world of html. Before this, was using easy web creator suites, like Frontpage, AOL creator, etc, but with those packages, you are limited to what the program wants you to do. I got this book to learn more about the code of the web, to learn how web pages are created and displayed. This book starts at the very basic and goes through to the more detailed programming of lists etc.

Nowadays, with the easy to use more powerful creation software out there, you can get a more powerful website up and running in less time, but this book will help you tweak the code to produce final touches that make a web page stand out.
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on 11 May 2017
Pretty good guide but you still need quite a lot of prior knowledge to benefit from it. Not for complete beginnefrs.
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on 13 December 2002
This book tells you everything you need to know about web page design. The breadth of coverage is amazing, from the absolute basics right through to Forms, Frames, Cascading Style Sheets, Javascript, Java, and selling advertising on your site. I genuinely felt like I could go and make a living as a web designer afterwards. Even the throwaway comments are real words of wisdom.
Paul writes in a very entertaining style - I've never read such a fun textbook! He doesn't spend ages going through <yawn> standards and suchlike It's also really easy to understand. I read "HTML for dummies" and got bored and bogged down. This book is genuinely pitched at idiots.
I originally borrowed this from the library and worked though it over a couple of months. It is so useful that I went out and bought it afterwards. I think it will live beside my computer for years to come. The only minor criticism is that some of the code in later chapters (like the one on Javascript) hadn't been properly checked and had a few typos. Frankly, I can live with that for a book this good.
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on 26 September 2000
Paul McFedries' friendly and informal style makes this book a gem for those just starting out in the wonderful world of web design. I bought the book from Amazon a month ago knowing nothing whatsoever about HTML and I am already receiving PAID COMMISSIONS to design simple but effective web sites for a number of small companies! It should be said that you will certainly need to acquire a more comprehensive guide if you get any more ambitious in your designing, but this enjoyale book is occasionally irreverent, often funny and always incredibly easy to understand. Buy it and get designing - there's money in it, I tell you!
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on 26 November 2001
This book offers an excellent introduction to web design. The format of the book allows you to get your head around how web sites and pages work and are structured whilst also learning how to create them. I was literally a complete idiot regarding web design when I bought this book and now I'm getting jobs in the field! Paul McFedries - you're a star!
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on 2 July 1999
Paul McFedries adopts the style of a friendly chat over a cup of coffee. He cuts through the jargon and rapidly inspires confidence - Hey! I could do this! is the message all through. The book is well organised in logical chapters each building on the previous ones to take a simple web page with only text and grow it to a complete web site with pictures, sounds, frames and forms. There are plenty of examples in the text and a very useful CD accompanying the book contains them all plus many other useful graphics and scripts to add to your web site. There are also many suggestions for other sources of help and resources from the Internet. If you want to learn about HTML and writing web sites, this is the book.
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on 5 August 1998
Paul McFedries writes an easy to follow story of how to write web pages in HTML. The book generally gives examples which are easy to follow and then customize into your sites. He also follows up the book advice with an on-line readers forum where questions or clarifications can be had. If you have never worked in Hypertext Markup Language before, this book will permit you to create a functioning web page within hours.
The book is light and funny, avoids unneccesary jargon, often tells you the "least you need to know" to successfully do what you want.
The only shortcoming of the book is that it is for beginners -- and well it gives a good breadth -- those that want to get more serious will want additional resources eventually.
He also gives good style points on what not to do on a website.
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on 7 September 1998
If you are looking to purchase a GREAT book on the subject of HTML...get this one! This series has, to me, some of the best ideas, tips and helps available in the field! The IDIOT'S GUIDE will take you by the hand and lead you on an adventurous path of wonder and UNDERSTANDING of the sometimes complex world of HTML. It is a MUST have reference book to what you need on HTML and Web Page authoring! My 12 year old daughter and I were both able to put up our Web Pages starting in March 1998, using information found in this VERY humorous book, with NO prior HTML knowledge! We both highly recommend this GUIDE for beginners, AND advanced users! You will too!
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on 3 January 2001
If you're wondering where to start in the maze that is web page building then you couldn't do much better than Paul McFedries book. It takes you through the process step by step without making you feel like an idiot. Any new terms you come across are explained as you go along, you don't need to keep heading for a glossary. It's probably not the easiest book to follow but is by no means the most difficult. If you stick at it you should have your own site up and running within a month. This may sound like a long time but at least you'll have a full understanding of what you've done and how you did it. You'll be going back to your site again and again adding bits and pieces as you carry on learning. The CD supplied with the book gives you everything you need to follow the tutorials in the book. The only downside is that the software is mostly time limited. Having said that, by the time the software has run out you'll probably have worked out what is worth having and where similar can be had on the web for free. It's money well spent if you want your own site and a good springboard to more complex web literature.
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on 7 July 2000
This book is incredible! Within a week I have prepared my own site which knocks spots off of others I have seen. The book details all the common attributes that a good website has and leads the reader gently through so you never feel as if it's too difficult. With the knowledge from the book you can prepare very professional looking sites and could start making the 'net earn money for you! Buy the book now! If you snooze, you'll definately lose!
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