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on February 1, 2010
I highly recommended this book. Read one chapter a day and I guarantee that you will come out of it with a much deeper understanding of the basic building blocks of web design, such as headers, graphic formats, tables, forms, as well as css.

Highly recommended for total beginners that aren't afraid too learn the more technical aspects of web design... this book pulls no punches, but it certainly isn't a "how to" or "project oriented" type of book. But nothing beats having it on hand when you are hunkering down to write a custom contact form for a client and you need to look up the correct tag to use to create a dropdown menu list, or adjust which items are preselected.

Do not get this book if you are a total newbie and just want a book to hold your hand through creating your first web site. This is not that type of book.
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on May 9, 2006
This is a good all around reference (not a "how to") book on web design. The does a good job is covering a broad topic. The book is structured as follows: (i) Web Environment Basics, (ii) Structural Layer (XML and XHTML), (iii) Presentation Layer (CSS), (iv) Behavioral Layer (JavaScript & DOM), (v) Web Graphics, and (vi) Media. Several chapters are devoted to each of these sections. The chapters are clearly written, thorough, yet concise. References are given throughout the book (it would also have been nice to have them collected in an appendix at the back of the book). Throughout the book the author gives a bit of history behind the various web design tools. I found this to be be quite informative by "filling in some of the blanks". My recommendation is, that if you are going to get into web design, this book will be a valuable resource. It won't teach you web design, but it will be a good reference to have to augment the areas not covered in "how to" books. I think that it is well worth the price.
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Web Design in a Nutshell is not merely an updated edition of the previous book (2001) of the same title. Extremely quick substantial changes in the web design systems over these past few years simply wouldn't allow for such an update. Instead, the author has composed this book from the ground up to address the issues and concerns of web designers in 2006. This reference covers all the basics of web design how tos from basics like choosing text elements and creating links through more challenging topics such as optimization of graphics and using flash on web pages. However, the portion of the book that I found most useful was the sections on designing sites for a variety of different browsers and increasing accessibility on your website. Together, these aspects create an easy to understand guide for those individuals wanting an introduction to web design or as very solid reference material for current web designers.
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