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Head First HTML with CSS & XHTML [Paperback]

Elisabeth Robson , Eric Freeman
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Dec 18 2005 059610197X 978-0596101978 1

Tired of reading HTML books that only make sense after you're an expert? Then it's about time you picked up Head First HTML with CSS & XHTML and really learned HTML. You want to learn HTML so you can finally create those web pages you've always wanted, so you can communicate more effectively with friends, family, fans, and fanatic customers. You also want to do it right so you can actually maintain and expand your Web pages over time, and so your web pages work in all the browsers and mobile devices out there. Oh, and if you've never heard of CSS, that's okay - we won't tell anyone you're still partying like it's 1999 - but if you're going to create Web pages in the 21st century then you'll want to know and understand CSS.

Learn the real secrets of creating Web pages, and why everything your boss told you about HTML tables is probably wrong (and what to do instead). Most importantly, hold your own with your co-worker (and impress cocktail party guests) when he casually mentions how his HTML is now strict, and his CSS is in an external style sheet.

With Head First HTML with CSS & XHTML, you'll avoid the embarrassment of thinking web-safe colors still matter, and the foolishness of slipping a font tag into your pages. Best of all, you'll learn HTML and CSS in a way that won't put you to sleep. If you've read a Head First book, you know what to expect: a visually-rich format designed for the way your brain works. Using the latest research in neurobiology, cognitive science, and learning theory, this book will load HTML, CSS, and XHTML into your brain in a way that sticks.

So what are you waiting for? Leave those other dusty books behind and come join us in Webville. Your tour is about to begin.

"Elegant design is at the core of every chapter here, each conceptconveyed with equal doses of pragmatism and wit."--Ken Goldstein, Executive Vice President, Disney Online

"This book is a thoroughly modern introduction to forward-lookingpractices in web page markup and presentation."--Danny Goodman, author of Dynamic HTML: The Definitive Guide

"What used to be a long trial and error learning process hasnow been reduced neatly into an engaging paperback."--Mike Davidson, CEO, Newsvine, Inc.

"I love Head First HTML with CSS & XHTML--itteaches you everything you need to learn in a 'fun coated' format!"--Sally Applin, UI Designer and Artist

"I haven't had as much fun reading a book (other than Harry Potter) in years. And your book finally helped me break out of my hapless so-last-century way of creating web pages."--Professor David M. Arnow, Department of Computer and Information Science, Brooklyn College

"If you've ever had a family member who wanted you to design a website for them, buy them Head First HTML with CSS and XHTML. If you've ever asked a family member to design you a web site, buy this book. If you've ever bought an HTML book and ended up using it to level your desk, or for kindling on a cold winter day, buy this book. This is the book you've been waiting for. This is the learning system you've been waiting for."--Warren Kelly, Blogcritics.org

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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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By Jana
We're almost in 2009, and this title is still the BEST resource for the total novice to standards-based (X)HTML and CSS.

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.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent resource! April 25 2009
As someone who knew absolutely nothing about HTML or creating web pages, I don't think I could have stumbled upon a better way to learn. This book starts right at the beginning and offers a clear, easy-to-learn explanation of HTML, XHTML, and CSS. From explaining the basics, such as what a web server does, right through to creating forms, it presents the information in a variety of ways that should suit just about every learning style, whether you prefer lots of graphics or lots of text.

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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars be a web site designer Sept. 10 2008
I have found HEAD FIRST HTML with CSS & XHTML to be extremely helpful.
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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Clear and easy to understand Aug. 3 2008
This book is broken down into step-by-step instructions which "lead" the user through to the creation of a website. It is simple site that you learn to create, but it is great to get your feet wet in HTML, CSS, and proper coding techniques.

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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