Learning Web Design: A Beginner's Guide to HTML, Graphics, and Beyond, Second Edition

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In Learning Web Design, author Jennifer Niederst shares the knowledge she's gained from years of web design experience, both as a designer and a teacher. This book starts from the beginning— defining the Internet, the Web, browsers, and URLs — so you don't need to have any previous knowledge about how the Web works. After reading this book, you'll have a solid foundation in HTML, graphics, and design principles that you can immediately put to use in creating effective web pages....

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Overview

In Learning Web Design, author Jennifer Niederst shares the knowledge she's gained from years of web design experience, both as a designer and a teacher. This book starts from the beginning— defining the Internet, the Web, browsers, and URLs — so you don't need to have any previous knowledge about how the Web works. After reading this book, you'll have a solid foundation in HTML, graphics, and design principles that you can immediately put to use in creating effective web pages.

In the second edition, Jennifer has updated the book to cover style sheets and reflect current web standards. She has also added exercises that help you to learn various techniques and short quizzes that make sure you're up to speed with key concepts. The companion CD-ROM contains material for all the exercises in the book, as well as trial versions of Fireworks® MX, and HomeSite™ 5; Adobe ® Photoshop® 7, ImageReady® 7, and BBEdit 7.

Learning Web Design, 2nd Edition:

  • Covers the nuts and bolts of basic HTML and style sheets, with detailed examples of formatting text, adding graphic elements, making links, creating tables and frames, and using color on the Web.
  • Explains whether to use GIFs or JPEGs for different types of images, and includes important tips on optimizing graphics for web delivery.
  • Provides dozens of web design do and don'ts, to help you make good web design decisions and avoid common beginner traps.
  • Contains hands-on exercises throughout the book that allow you to try out new techniques along the way.

Unlike other beginner books, Learning Web Design leaves no holes in your education. It gives you everything you need to create basic web sites and will prepare you for more advanced web work. If you are interested in web design, this book is the place to start. After finishing it, you'll be ready for the author's bestselling companion reference, Web Design in a Nutshell.

Fireworks and HomeSite are trademarks or registered trademarks of Macromedia, Inc. in the United States and/or other countries. Adobe, ImageReady, and Photoshop are either registered trademarks or trademarks of Adobe Systems Incorporated in the United States and/or other countries.

Niederst shares the knowledge she's gained from years of Web design experience, both as a designer and a teacher. This book starts from the beginning-- defining the Internet, the Web, browsers, and URLs-- so readers don't need to have any previous knowledge about how the Web works.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780596004842
  • Publisher: O'Reilly Media, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 6/1/2003
  • Edition description: Second Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 496
  • Product dimensions: 7.95 (w) x 9.67 (h) x 1.01 (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. Since then, she has worked as the creative director of Songline Studios (a former subsidiary of O'Reilly) and as a freelance designer and consultant since 1996. She is the author of the bestselling Web Design in a Nutshell and Learning Web Design (O'Reilly), and she 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.

In addition to designing, Jennifer enjoys cooking, travel, indie-rock, and making stuff. She maintains her own professional web site at http://www.littlechair.com as well.

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Table of Contents

Preface
Pt. I Getting Started
1 Where Do I Start? 3
2 How the Web Works 15
3 Getting Your Pages on the Web 25
4 Why Web Design Isn't Like Print Design 37
5 The Web Design Process 49
Pt. II Learning HTML
6 Creating a Simple Page (HTML Overview) 59
7 Formatting Text with HTML 77
8 Formatting Text with Style Sheets 111
9 Adding Graphic Elements 139
10 Adding Links 161
11 Tables 185
12 Frames 215
13 Color on the Web 235
Pt. III Creating Web Graphics
14 All About Web Graphics 251
15 Creating GIFS 265
16 Creating JPEGs 293
17 Animated GIFs 307
18 Slicing and Rollovers 319
Pt. IV Form and Function
19 Web Design Techniques 339
20 Building Usable Web Sites 361
21 Web Design Dos and Don'ts 391
22 How'd They Do That? 405
App.: Answers 423
Glossary 441
Index 445
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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 30, 2008

    Out standing

    In Deepest Consequences by S. Kauffman. Waiting to see what he will do next. this was breath taking.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 4, 2004

    Like a good friend...

    Whether you are a beginner who panic at the letters HTML, or an intermediate creater of a webpage, this book will turn writing HTML codes into an easy and approchable task. Unlike some books that are full of big words (I am sure they are great books as well), the author uses plain English to explain the steps of creating a webpage. Keep a notepad to create a table of HTML codes as you read, and this book will make you a well-versed user of HTML in no time. Lots of graphic images and examples will keep you engaged at all times!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 12, 2004

    A complete guide to get you started

    From the beginning I found the book to be very informative and thought through. Jennifer Niederst touches every subject a beginner like me needs to start making webpages. She didn't just stop at code, she gives covers other areas such as software selection, hints from the pros, and shortfalls to avoid. I don't know how the book to be any better.

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