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Sams Teach Yourself Web Publishing with HTML and CSS in One Hour a Day

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Joined: Feb 15, 2002
Posts: 932
Author/s    : Laura Lemay, Rafe Colburn
Publisher   : Sams
Category   : Web design, HTML and JavaScript
Review by : Mark Spritzler
Rating        : 8 horseshoes

Let me first let you know I hate HTML. I learned it back in the 1.0 days in the early 90's. I am a visual person and can't use text to draw a screen. Just doesn't work for me, seems backwards to me, use text to create something visual.

Anyway, I found this book to be very enlightening to perceive HTML in a different way. Not to think of it as a UI visual screen, but just holding the contents in the page. Leaving the CSS to create the UI. Now this is the best practice to separate content from UI, but now I guess I hate CSS and like HTML.

I still can't make a pretty web page with CSS, but at least I get my content out now. And I can download CSS files from the internet to get a nice look and feel.

This books does explain things in a clear way and the end of chapter labs and quizes help cement what you just learned.

I highly recommend this book for anyone learning HTML and CSS.

However, I found it difficult to use as a reference.

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Disclosure: I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for writing this review on behalf of CodeRanch.

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Posts: 932
Review by : Amit Ghorpade
Rating        : 9 horseshoes

This book is yet another "Teach yourself" tutor which is nothing less than a complete guide to web publishing and designing production quality web pages for novice web designers. It is also helpful web developers who are usually not well accustomed to CSS including me.
In HTML, you get detailed information on tags and attributes widely used, hence its easy to digest for pure beginners and will help to strengthen concepts if you already have a feel of HTML.
One part I missed is that although the book claims to cover HTML 5, few new things are not covered like the new way of creating forms in HTML 5.
Also I upgraded my knowledge on CSS and now I can better understand web pages by looking at their style sheets. CSS has been nicely interwoven with HTML at appropriate places.
One thing more interesting is that you get a chapter on jQuery along with JavaScript.
Also there are chapters focused on good practices, hints and general information for designers

There are chapters dedicated to publishing, comprehensive information needed, people serious in putting up their own site can get good pointers here.
The quiz and Q&A at the end of each chapter is quite appealing and explanation is elaborate at right places. Altogether its a must-have all-in-one book for web page designing for beginners.


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Disclosure: I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for writing this review on behalf of CodeRanch.

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kritika das
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Joined: Jun 17, 2011
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I am new in the field of web designing, and this book is very helpful for beginners. this is provide easy way to learn about web designing.
 
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