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Sams Teach Yourself HTML and CSS in 24 Hours (Includes New HTML 5 Coverage)

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  • Posted January 29, 2010

    A very useful text on web page coding using XHTML and CSS.

    Sams Teach Yourself HTML and CSS in 24 Hours 8th edition, by Julie C. Meloni and Michael Morrison, provides the beginning and intermediate web designer with the tools needed to create standards-based web sites. The major focus of the book is XHTML 1.1 and CSS 2, but HTML 5 and some XHTML 1.0 are discussed. Overall, the presentation and content are very good. I noticed that there were no noticeable errata until the latter parts of the book. Published in December of 2009, the 8th edition provides reasonably current information.

    Each "hour" of the book includes a "What You'll Learn in this Hour" section at the beginning, and Q&A, Quiz and Exercises sections at the end. Most chapters also include a "Try It Yourself" section, indicating what you should be accomplishing with your own web site. The examples have color coding for the various tags, comments, etc., and the book's examples work with a number of browsers. Specifically, Apple Safari, Google Chrome, Microsoft Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, and Opera browsers were used to test the examples. If you use the coding standards espoused in the book, your web pages should appear properly formatted across most computers. Handheld browsers are only covered briefly, in the section discussing media-specific style sheets.

    Teach Yourself HTML and CSS in 24 Hours appears to be a properly authoritative text that would help you create a standards-based web site. Like most texts of this type, it does not reference web design software such as DreamWeaver. Rather, it addresses understanding exactly what code standards-based browsers will handle, and how you can manipulate them to create exactly what you want. The only disappointment with the book was the obvious errors in the later chapters. That said, the content is so worthwhile, I rated it an 4 out of 5.

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  • Posted December 8, 2011

    Easy and Definitive

    Meloni and Morrison¿s ¿Teach Yourself HTML and CSS in 24 Hours¿ is an easy read. On the cover, it says ¿in full color¿, and if you think that a black and white version is just as good, you¿re mistaken. They use color effectively, not only for illustrations, but to highlight key concepts and key words, in a systematic way. The ¿24 hours¿ concept is effective, too. Starting out with the real basics of HTML, gradually introducing CSS, and ending with more sophisticated uses of HTML 5, the careful reader builds on earlier concepts, and can, in fact, grasp the most important aspects of web design in a useful way. Finally, though the treatment is succinct, it is as definitive a work on the subject as books of twice its length. including reference appendices with links to the most authoritative sources on the subject.

    I¿ve read several books on web design. Some are too simplistic. Most are too voluminous. It¿s not easy to produce a book which starts with the absolute basics and thoughtfully moves to the subtleties, but this book does an admirable job. It¿s worth owning.

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  • Posted August 11, 2011

    Great for Beginners!

    I know most of the content covered in this book, so it was an easy read. Still, there is a great pull to brush up on what you already know by getting this book. The color coding in the book really helps focus your attention on each key aspect of the syntax. Each chapter/section ends with questions and answer, so that is a great way to review what you just read. The CSS review is also a good selling point for the book, especially for me who has had little CSS experience. Getting a good look at it from a beginner's standpoint is very helpful. This book will definitely help me with getting down the basics of page layout and design. I look forward to putting some of the examples into practice.

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