Head First HTML with CSS & XHTML Paperback – Dec 18 2005
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A Learner's Companion to HTML, CSS, and XHTML
About the Author
Elisabeth Robson (formerly Freeman) is coauthor of O'Reilly's Head First Design Patterns and Head First HTML with CSS & XHTML. She is currently Special Projects Director at O'Reilly where she is developing new brain-friendly learning ideas and products.
Eric Freeman is a computer scientist with a passion for media and software architectures and coauthor of Head First Design Patterns. He just wrapped up four years at a dream job-- directing internet broadband and wireless efforts at Disney--and is now back to writing, creating cool software, and hacking Java and Macs.Eric spent a lot of the '90s working on alternatives to the desktop metaphor with David Gelernter (and they're both still asking the question, "Why do I have to give a file a name?"). Based on this work, Eric landed a Ph.D. at Yale University in 1997. He also co-founded Mirror Worlds Technologies (now acquired) to create a commercial version of his thesis work, Lifestreams.
In a previous life, Eric built software for networks and supercomputers. You might know him from such books as JavaSpaces Principles Patterns and Practice. Eric has fond memories of implementing tuple-space systems on Thinking Machine CM-5s and creating some of the first internet information systems for NASA in the late 1980s.
When he's not writing text or code you'll find him spending more time tweaking than watching his home theater and trying to restore a circa 1980s Dragon's Lair video game. He also wouldn't mind moonlighting as an electronica DJ.
Write to him at eric at wickedlysmart dot com or visit him at http://www.ericfreeman.com .
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Ive been involved in web design for almost two years now, and this was the first book I picked up on the subject, and lucky for me, I made the right choice, because this title set me off into the often complex world of (XHTML) and CSS the right way -- no outdated HTML practices here from way back in the day.
The most refreshing thing is the simplicity of how they achieve this. The book assumes you know NOTHING -- and even though you personally may know some things, the lack of assumptions, really forces you to take things from the ground up. One. Step. At. A. Time. And their enforcing of the W3C standard and of accessibility is also admirable, as by the end, you too will be a fan.
In the beginning I was put off a tad by the "cutsyness" of it, and wondered if I was actually going to come out the end ABLE to do anything; but as it turned out -- I was. By the end of this book you will understand things better, but you will be able to apply what you've learned right away to your own projects.
Pointers: (what worked for me)
-- Start working on your own projects right away. Work on your own stuff as you're going through the book and learning new things. It will help the material stick. And it will show you how real-world design can be, even if on a minimal level.
-- Work through this book daily, or every other day, otherwise nothing is likely to stick and you will be frustrated and have to go back to the beginning.
-- Read the blogs of well-known and respected designers to gain a deeper insight into the web and design.
-- Pick up two good reference books, one for CSS, one for HTML.Read more ›
A couple of minor typos, but nothing that really detracts from the overall quality. This is the first Head First title I've purchased but it won't be the last.
I have no previous experience or knowledge of web site design and so I was very pleased to find this book.
This was not the first book I tried and the difference I found was that the other books assumed that I would know something about the subject when in fact I didn't.
The easy step by step instructions and hands-on lessons were very easy and helped me to not only create a web page, but actually understand how I did it.
I use the book for reference while I am tweeking - now that my site is up and running.
It helped me learn the fundamentals required to tackle more daunting techniques.
It gave me a good foundation to lead into more advanced CSS and XHTML learning. Great beginners book!
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Great book! I always enjoy the Head First books and find them so easy to follow and the way they present the material make it so easy to learn and retain. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Sandy S
Very well written book for absolute begginers.
It won't make you a pro but you'll be able to understand pretty much any web site construction and tweak or change your... Read more
I had a great time using this book. I especially loved the vintage images and the captions at the beginning of each chapter. Read morePublished on Aug. 25 2011 by pizzahunks
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