20-30 pages each (short & sweet writing).
"Paired pages", the Murach trademark (left page: explanation / right page: examples, brief descriptions, key points).
Fast and novice-friendly read.
Easily finish the book in a week (two chapters a day).
Two weeks if you take your time (one chapter a day).
Recommend one chapter a day, take your time.
Familiarize yourself with the syntax and tools. Key point: fully grasp the fundamental concepts.
Good, fast refresher (2+ chapters a day).
Experienced with HTML but new to CSS and/or XHTML.
This book will probably bore you.
If you're already web development savvy and looking to beef up your skills, this book is not for you.
The book recommends using Notepad++ for Windows users.
I suggest using Microsoft's Visual Web Developer Express as well (both are free).
FORMAT DOCUMENT function: keep your code clean, structured, and easier to examine.
REAL-TIME VALIDATION: instead of validating through W3C website after coding to find errors.
Easy introduction to using an IDE while learning coding at the same time.
** note: you'll get a warning using W3C's website validation because VWD encodes the file in UTF-8 with BOM,
you can open the file in Notepad++ when your finished and convert it to UTF-8 without BOM to pass the W3C validation.