Learning Web Design: A Beginner's Guide to HTML, CSS, JavaScript, and Web Graphics

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Do you want to build web pages, but have no previous experience? This friendly guide is the perfect place to start. You’ll begin at square one, learning how the Web and web pages work, and then steadily build from there. By the end of the book, you’ll have the skills to create a simple site with multi-column pages that adapt for mobile devices.

Learn how to use the latest techniques, best practices, and current web standards—including HTML5 and CSS3. Each chapter provides ...

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Overview

Do you want to build web pages, but have no previous experience? This friendly guide is the perfect place to start. You’ll begin at square one, learning how the Web and web pages work, and then steadily build from there. By the end of the book, you’ll have the skills to create a simple site with multi-column pages that adapt for mobile devices.

Learn how to use the latest techniques, best practices, and current web standards—including HTML5 and CSS3. Each chapter provides exercises to help you to learn various techniques, and short quizzes to make sure you understand key concepts.

This thoroughly revised edition is ideal for students and professionals of all backgrounds and skill levels, whether you’re a beginner or brushing up on existing skills.

  • Build HTML pages with text, links, images, tables, and forms
  • Use style sheets (CSS) for colors, backgrounds, formatting text, page layout, and even simple animation effects
  • Learn about the new HTML5 elements, APIs, and CSS3 properties that are changing what you can do with web pages
  • Make your pages display well on mobile devices by creating a responsive web design
  • Learn how JavaScript works—and why the language is so important in web design
  • Create and optimize web graphics so they’ll download as quickly as possible
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781449319274
  • Publisher: O'Reilly Media, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 8/22/2012
  • Edition description: Fourth Edition
  • Edition number: 4
  • Pages: 624
  • Sales rank: 85,403
  • Product dimensions: 8.00 (w) x 9.75 (h) x 1.33 (d)

Meet the Author

Jennifer Niederst Robbins was one of the first designers for the Web. As the designer of O'Reilly's Global Network Navigator (GNN), the first commercial web site, she has been designing for the Web since 1993. She is the author of the bestselling "Web Design in a Nutshell" (O'Reilly), and has taught web design at the Massachusetts College of Art in Boston and Johnson and Wales University in Providence. She has spoken at major design and Internet events including SXSW Interactive, Seybold Seminars, the GRAFILL conference (Geilo, Norway), and one of the first W3C International Expos.

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Table of Contents

Preface

Getting Started

Chapter 1: Where Do I Start?

Chapter 2: How the Web Works

Chapter 3: Some Big Concepts You Need to Know

HTML Markup for Structure

Chapter 4: Creating a Simple Page: (HTML Overview)

Chapter 5: Marking Up Text

Chapter 6: Adding Links

Chapter 7: Adding Images

Chapter 8: Table Markup

Chapter 9: Forms

Chapter 10: What’s Up, HTML5?

CSS for Presentation

Chapter 11: Cascading Style Sheets Orientation

Chapter 12: Formatting Text: (Plus More selectors)

Chapter 13: Colors and Backgrounds: (Plus Even More Selectors and External Style Sheets)

Chapter 14: Thinking Inside the Box: (Padding, Borders, and Margins)

Chapter 15: Floating and Positioning

Chapter 16: Page Layout with CSS

Chapter 17: Transitions, Transforms, and Animation

Chapter 18: CSS Techniques

JavaScript for Behaviors

Chapter 19: Introduction to JavaScript

Chapter 20: Using JavaScript

Creating Web Graphics

Chapter 21: Web Graphics Basics

Chapter 22: Lean and Mean Web Graphics

Answers

CSS3 Selectors

Colophon

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 7, 2013

    I disagree with the other comment that the writing is hard to un

    I disagree with the other comment that the writing is hard to understand. I find the writing to be very fluid and easy to digest. The layout of this book is also excellent - sidebars and small windows around the main text provide more detailed explanations.

    From the several dozen software books on my bookshelf I find this is the best text of its kind.

    I am reading version 3 of this book, and now I see there is a version 4. I plan to purchase version 4 so that I can read about more updated topics, such as CSS 3.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 21, 2013

    This is my preferred Web design book. Comprehensive and easy to

    This is my preferred Web design book. Comprehensive and easy to follow. Combines well theoretical presentation with hands-on examples. I read many computing books for all kind of technologies. This is one of the best for its intended readership.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 15, 2013

    Very good for web design

    The book is very thorough in explaining ways to write code. However sometimes the writing is hard to understand and it would be helpful if the author could show an overview of the whole HTML code to show where everything is meant to go.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 14, 2014

    The book is falling apart

    I received this book about three weeks ago. It is already falling apart. Pages are falling out and the book itself is ready to split in to halves. Ridiculous! I am going to ask for a refund or a new book.
    The content is OK, but quite frankly, tries too hard to relate to those who have never heard of the Web, let alone HTML design. There are far too many sidebars and exercises that break up the text. Annoying.

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