HTML Virtual Classroom
||Author: Robert C. Fuller|
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Publisher: McGraw-Hill Osborne Media (03 January, 2002)
Sales Rank: 615,243
Average Customer Rating: 4.25 out of 5
Customer ReviewsRating: 5 out of 5
Great book & I liked the video too!
A good quick way to learn HTML. We are using it to train web developers in a professional corporate environment. I like the video. Yes, it is not from script, but neither is a class you attend in person. The print, fonts, and colors used in the book make it a joy to read the book. You can get through this book in two days cover to cover and have a good basic understanding of HTML.
Rating: 2 out of 5
Book is good, the video is NOT!!
I gave this book a 2, because most people, like me will buy the book thinking that there is value in the video. The material covered in this book can be found on the Internet 100 time over for free so the only reason to buy this book is the video of a real person teaching.
I teach an HTML class and thought this book would provide some video I could show my students. I looked at the video on tables, which is the most important part of HTML, because it's what you use to layout the page. I tried to listen as a student and not someone who already knew HTML. Here are my observations.
He is speaking without a script, which lends itself to mistakes, which he does make, and though he corrects himself it's confusing for the student to hear the wrong thing first. He should have spoken from a script and edited out mistakes.
Because he is not using a script (atleast if he is speaking from script it certainly doesn't sound that way) he is sometimes searching for words. His sentences were so confusing at times I was amazed that this video ever made it out the door.
He is boring!!!
His advice is quirky and unnecessary.
Overall the video seemed confusing and unprofessional.
If you are only buying this book because of the video, DON'T. There is a good tutorial on the web. Search on "Dave's HTML Tutorial" and you'll find it.
Rating: 5 out of 5
Robert Fuller Delivers Superb HTML Instruction!
Plenty of good books have been written to help people "code their own" HTML (HyperText Markup Language) Web pages. HTML Virtual Classroom by Robert Fuller impresses me as being one of the easiest HTML books to learn from, that I've seen, in a long time.
The author surveys the functionality and use of the more common HTML tags - including line and paragraph breaks, text attributes, image attributes, text and image alignments, background coloring, fonts, forms, frames, tables, layers, cascading style sheets, and hyperlinking. He also devotes quality time to help his readers fully develop their Websites - not just teaching them "the coding" part. He provides detailed instruction for smartly working with text, images, colors, Web browsers, story boarding, testing, and uploading created Web pages. For instance, readers are encouraged to sketch out their Website design ideas - on computers, graph paper, index cards, or napkins. Cute, clever, and outstanding advice!
The book is accompanied by a multimedia CD containing a number of video lessons in both the Windows and QuickTime file formats. They are definitely designed for enhancing the learning process. Lesson content is delivered at a comfortable pace and is clearly presented. As author Robert Fuller can be seen speaking to his students the instructional content of his book comes to life on the screen. Readers can freely move back and forth between the book and the video presentations to learn at their individual paces. Furthermore, the video lessons can be played back and backed up as often as necessary to drive the instruction content home. Depending upon individual computer system specifications, some readers may prefer to copy the lesson files to their computer hard drives for smoother and more convenient viewing!
HTML still continues to serve as the foundation of Website design. Although other markup languages have arrived on the scene that offer their own advantages, there is still great demand for HTML programming skills for creating business Websites. Robert Fuller delivers superb instruction. This book is highly recommended for classroom, workshop, small business, and organizational use. I can't wait to get my hands on his Dreamweaver book!
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