Mastering Integrated HTML and CSS / Edition 1 available in Paperback
This unique approach to learning HTML and CSS simultaneously shows you how to save time and be more productive by learning to structure your (X) HTML content for best effect with CSS styles. You’ll discover how to create websites that are accessible to the widest range of visitors, build CSS for print and handheld devices, and work with a variety of CSS-based layouts. Using the latest standards, best practices, and real-world examples, this book offers you with a thorough grounding in the basics and also includes advanced techniques.
About the Author
Virginia DeBolt grew up in southern Colorado, where her father often took her fishing and hunting. She can still walk off with a teddy bear from the shooting gallery at the fair. After receiving her college degrees, she taught in public schools in Colorado and New Mexico. Her first computer was a Commodore 64. The schools were using Apple IIe computers and Virginia quickly became the “computer person” in the school.
Her first four books were written to teach writing using cooperative learning and are still in print and selling well. She graduated to a blazingly fast 8 MHz Mac Classic to celebrate her status as a working writer.
In the mid-1990s, she moved to Texas and took some classes with the notion of finding work as a technical writer. One class was in HTML, and Virginia’s life was never the same after that. HTML took over her thoughts, dreams, conversation, time, and energy. Soon she had a contract tech writing job by day, and a part time gig teaching HTML at the community college by night. The dining room of her home was filled with office tables and a web of wires between two Macs, two Windows boxes, assorted scanners, printers, and Zip drives. In the free time between her two jobs, she was making web sites for fun.
The HTML teaching job sent her searching in places like SXSW Interactive conferences for answers and ideas. But what she heard in the conference halls and what she saw in the books that were available to teach HTML and Dreamweaver were 180 degrees apart. In 2001, she started writing reviews of these books on her blog at www.webteacher.ws.
The Web Teacher blog brought her to the attention of computer book publishers. After contributing to books written by other people, she decided to write her own book to promote her theory that HTML and CSS should be taught as integrated skills, not as two distinct and separate ideas. The first book was Integrated HTML and CSS: A Smarter, Faster Way to Learn (Wiley, 2004). The second is the one you hold in your hand now.
Oh, her latest computer? There’s just one. A Mac laptop that needs almost no wires strung about and does Windows on demand.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1: How to Write XHTML and CSS.
Chapter 2: Location, Location. Where to Put a Style.
Chapter 3: Page Basics. DOCTYPE, Head, Body, and Body Styles.
Chapter 4: Headings and Heading Styles.
Chapter 5: Page Divisions. div for Structure and Layout.
Chapter 6: Paragraph and Text Styles.
Chapter 7: Links and Link Styles.
Chapter 8: Multimedia, Images, and Image Styles.
Chapter 9: Lists and List Styles.
Chapter 10: Tables and Table Styles.
Chapter 11: Forms and Form Styles.
Chapter 12: Publishing and Testing Your Pages.
Chapter 13: CSS for Weblogs.
Chapter 14: Design Basics.
Chapter 15: XHTML and CSS for Handhelds.
Chapter 16: Writing CSS with Dreamweaver 8.
Appendix: The Bottom Line.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Virginia DeBolt's newest book is an excellent resource for modern, standards based design. It combines the depth of a well qualified instruction with lively, real world examples of practical web applications. This book will save you so many hours of work and research by showing you how techniques have evolved and how each application meets the various standards. Webpage structure (including columns), various navigation methods, working with images and picture galleries, banners, links, blogs, and much more are all discussed. Also included (in color) are inspirational website designs showing these modern CSS based techniques. In the course of designing our numerous large websites for parent support I have read over a dozen design and coding books on html and css, and this is one book I return to over and over again.
Virginia has written one of the few books that I not only can use as a reference, but teaches the use of HTML and CSS in a manner that I can get my mind around. I have trouble retaining information, but the way she lays things out, somehow I'm able to grasp the underlying principles, and actually understand why things are done, rather than just copying what someone else has produced. I would recommend this book to anyone - from beginner to professional, who needs to understand why things actually work the way they should.