This review is from: Beginning XHTML (Paperback)
This is an excellent first text. I hadn't used HTML before, although I understood the principle of <tag>ing. I wanted to learn HTML and, fortunately, I was attracted by this title and browsed it in the bookstore.
I saw that HTML per se was over and that this was the way to go. It was easy for me, having never "done" Web before: I had no bad habits to unlearn.
OTOH, I am not completely 'new' to computers and such. I have been studying computers/language/VBA/hardware as a hobby for several years. So I cannot say whether this text would help a _complete_ newbie, but it took me from no HTML to a certain comfort and a website (where I try to do some of the kinds of things the book taught me).
I would definitely recommend this book to anyone with some knowledge of computing and programming and who wants to start writing for the Web.