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3.0 out of 5 stars Good start, but leaves out some important information, April 11 2001
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This review is from: Learning Web Design: HTML, Graphics, and Animation: A Beginner's Guide to HTML, Graphics, and Beyond (Paperback)
While I am not a beginner, I am a teacher and reviewed this book to help me decide whether to recommend it to students. To be honest, I actually prefer Ms. Niederst's first book (Web Design in a Nutshell) to this one. The reason is this book leaves students with some very big questions. While Web Design in a Nutshell may be a bit out-dated, it at least answers some of the questions this book does not.
For example, the book does not talk about how to create Web forms! In addition, the HTML that is taught does not match up to the latest standards set forth by the W3C (the organization that creates the HTML standards for the Web). As another reviewer mentioned, it also doesn't talk about PNG, which is certainly a graphics format all new Web designers should know about. It also gives only passing notice to Cascading Style Sheets and JavaScript - two things I'd expect more mention of in a book like this. Why teach readers how to make text bold with HTML, but not with CSS? (CSS is not difficult, in fact many find it easier than HTML...)
With that said, I gave it three stars because the book does have its advantages. The illustrations are quite good and very explanatory, and the comparisons of popular Web software programs are also very useful.
So if you're looking for a very, very introductory book, that's what this one is. However, keep in mind it will not answer all your questions (or even a few of the most basic ones) and you'll need to buy another book. I wouldn't call this a "beginner's guide", but rather an "introduction".
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