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  • Paperback: 864 pages
  • Publisher: Wrox (Dec 30 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470540702
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470540701
  • Product Dimensions: 18.8 x 4.2 x 23.6 cm
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Learn to create attractive web sites that are easy to use

Since the web was first created, the languages used to build web sites have been constantly evolving. Now a set of best practices has emerged using HTML or XHTML to create your basic web pages, CSS to control their appearance and make them look attractive, and JavaScript to add interactivity. Without assuming any previous experience, this valuable resource makes it easy to learn how to build web sites using the most upto-date web standards. Whether you're a beginner eager to start writing your first web page or a more experienced programmer seeking to update your skills, you will find practical introductions to these essential languages, as well as invaluable tips and techniques used by experienced web professionals.

  • How to create HTML and XHTML pages that incorporate links, images, tables, audio, and video
  • Ways to use CSS to control text, colors, backgrounds, and page layout
  • Design principles employed by experienced designers to create attractive layouts
  • The basics of JavaScript and working with AJAX libraries
  • How to build sites that are accessible, easy to use, and will work on a variety of devices including mobile phones
  • How to test your web site and put it on the web
  • First-hand experience of coding practices commonly used in the real world
  • The elements of basic text formatting
  • Text markup and character entities for special characters

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About the Author

Jon Duckett has spent over a decade helping a wide range of companies implement innovative web strategies. Taking a hands-on approach, he designs many of the projects he works on and helps to code them. During this time, Jon has written several books covering web design, programming, accessibility and usability.

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In this field, it's hard to find something really usefull AND precise. This one hit the target on those point. Nonetheless, it could use an online help and exercice.
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Good book for beginners! Very detailed. Compare to those book which costs $150 this book is better.
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HASH(0x9a9aee70) out of 5 stars Reasonably good material; frustratingly careless errors in material Aug. 23 2011
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This is a reasonably good text that balances a course of instruction with reference material that might be used in implementing the information the book presents. The text is comprehensive in that it provides, as promised, a solid introduction to HTML, XHTML, CSS, and JavaScript -- all of that is quite good.

There is, however, one huge and frustrating drawback. Either in the book or in the code that can be downloaded in tandem with the text, there are just too many careless errors and discrepancies. One can almost count on any exercise or example's having at least one misleading mistake. Many errors are just obvious looking at material on the printed page (as just typical examples: Why would there be two "TO:" boxes on an e-mail form? see page 212; why isn't there a "<" to start the first line of code on page 233?).

This is a text that has been through a number of editions; in light of that legacy, to find so many errata in a text for beginners is frustrating. It does not speak well of the editing precisions one would think a publisher seemingly as authoritative as Wrox would exercise.
20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9af4f2b8) out of 5 stars Excellent and instructive Nov. 27 2010
By dark zebra - Published on
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This is one of the best written technical books that I've read lately. If you've wanted to know, "how do I make a web page from scratch?" this book will explain how, step by step. I'm already comfortable with most aspects of HTML, so I'm moving on to the more interesting areas: CSS and JavaScript. One of of my frustrations with CSS is remembering what properties to use, and this book has nice tables, examples, and exercises on this topic. This is almost like a textbook, or a self-help book. You don't need to be an absolute beginner to appreciate the organization of this book! I'm also interested in reading about the various JavaScript libraries that are popular today, including YUI and scriptaculous, which are discussed briefly. I don't really have anything that I'd like to see changed about this book. It's really up to the reader to decide what area to learn about next.
20 of 24 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9af4f30c) out of 5 stars Well written text, confusing examples April 11 2011
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Overall, I really like this book. It's very practical and shows useful applications for each new thing taught. And the lessons do build on each other and flow together well. The exercises are helpful as well.

My problem comes from the "Example Cafe" website, which is the website you build and add to throughout the book. The code examples found on the publisher's website seem like they were made out of sync with the the book itself. A lot of examples include code never explained or shown before, code that's just plain wrong as well as things implemented but never requested from the website. I don't copy and paste, so these errors aggravate me. I almost spend as much time breaking down the example code and figuring out where the editors messed up as I am actually implementing features into my practice site. It's annoying and frustrating.

As a reference, very well structured and explained. As an exercise resource, aggravating and not worth using.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9af4f3d8) out of 5 stars Lots of information, but also flawed June 26 2012
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I would caution against using this book if you are a beginner looking for a good text to learn these web development fundamentals. There is a lot of information presented in the book, but the narrative is fairly dry (think a very boring college textbook) and the exercises presented throughout the book do not flow together in a progressive manner. I struggled through almost 2/3 of this book, and then moved to another book (CSS - The Missing Manual) that was far far better in terms of the ease of the narrative and the presentation of exercises.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9af4f8a0) out of 5 stars Very good book on XHTML, CSS and intro to JavaScript! May 31 2011
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This book teaches you what you are suppose to know about HTML/XHTML. It goes over all the basic/fundamentals of HTML and XHTML, including the rules and properties of CSS. It gives you an insight on JavaScript but does not go to far into it. It's very beginner friendly and throughout the book you build a website called "example cafe" which is very basic at first -- you eventually finish it around Chapter 7 after learning the CSS properties/rules. So if you don't know any languages, this is a book where you should start since the author does not assume you know anything about programming languages or scripting. The book also good for referencing with a pretty big appendix. My only complaint is that the author's source code for the examples and exercises were not up to sync witch what he lays out in the book. He also occasionally leaves out the XML tags which an X/HTML developer should get used to writing, although he does say they are important, he leaves them out in his examples but his source code contains these tags -- this is just minor confusion. Overall this book was well worth it for what you pay for it.

(NOTE: This book does NOT go over HTML5 or CSS3)