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Building your first web site? Maybe you’ve fooled around a bit with FrontPage or something like it, and you’re ready to know what you’re doing? Maybe you need to update the basic skills you acquired years ago? Check out Dave Taylor’s Creating Cool Web Sites with HTML, XHTML, and CSS.
Taylor’s designed more than 50 sites and has published 1,000 articles on the Internet and related topics. Perhaps most relevant, he teaches site creation -- both online at the University of Phoenix and offline at the University of Colorado, Boulder. He knows the subject, and he knows how to teach non-experts.
After a quick refresher on how web sites work, Taylor gently walks you through the basics of HTML. (All you’ll need is Notepad or TextEdit, but these skills will work with any web editor and help you troubleshoot problems those tools sometimes cause.)
Unlike most introductory books, this one introduces Cascading Style Sheets early on. This makes sense. Even though many casual site developers never bother, learning CSS will help you build sites that are more flexible and easier to update.
You’ll master lists, special characters, pointers, hyperlinks, graphics, tables, frames, and more. There’s a detailed introduction to user input via forms, including some fairly advanced concepts (for instance, controlling movement between input boxes). There’s a full chapter on weblogs. Then, in the book’s final section, Taylor moves “beyond the page,” to site management: organizing directories, improving usability, and attracting traffic. All in all, this is a solid modern introduction to creating web sites from scratch. Bill Camarda
Bill Camarda is a consultant, writer, and web/multimedia content developer. His 15 books include Special Edition Using Word 2003 and Upgrading & Fixing Networks for Dummies, Second Edition.