In just 24 lessons of one hour or less, you can learn how to use HTML and CSS to design, create, and maintain world-class web sites. Using a clear, down-to-earth approach, each lesson builds upon the previous one, allowing even complete beginners to learn the essentials from the ground up.
Full-color figures and clear step-by-step instructions help you learn quickly.
Practical, hands-on examples show you how to apply what you learn.
Quizzes and Exercises help you test your knowledge and stretch your skills.
Learn how to…
Build your own web page and get it online in an instant
Format text for maximum clarity and readability
Create links to other pages and to other sites
Add graphics, color, and visual pizazz to your web pages
Work with transparent images and background graphics
Design your site’s layout and typography using CSS
Get user input with web-based forms
Publicize your site and make it search-engine friendly
Test a web site for compatibility with different browsers
Make your site easy to maintain and update as it grows
Free Access to Online Learning Lab
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Video walkthroughs to show you how to complete the step-by-step examples in the book
Fast and fun online quizzes to test your understanding of each lesson
Updates or corrections as they become available
|Series:||Sams Teach Yourself Series|
|Edition description:||Eighth Edition|
|Product dimensions:||7.50(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.10(d)|
About the Author
Michael Morrison is a writer, developer, toy inventor, and author of a variety of computer technology books and interactive web-based courses. In addition to his primary profession as a writer and freelance nerd for hire, Michael is the creative lead at Stalefish Labs, an entertainment company he co-founded with his wife, Masheed.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
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.
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.
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.