HTML for the World Wide Web with XHTML and CSS: Visual QuickStart Guide, Fifth Edition
||Author: Elizabeth Castro|
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Publisher: Peachpit Press (17 September, 2002)
Sales Rank: 881
Average Customer Rating: 4.67 out of 5
Customer ReviewsRating: 5 out of 5
Simple, but....you have to design the web site
The book by Elizabeth Castro, HTML 5 with XHTML $ CSS is as easy as it gets. It explains the basics of web design with pictures, examples while giving her prospective on a number of issues concerning the www.
The book helped me to make my web pages more effective and easy to navigate, it solved a number of problems that my pages had.
The book is also very entertaining unlike most books of this sort that bore you with lengthy explanations. If you are serious about web design, you need this book, but the book does not make you a professional web designer, you have to come up with the way a web is designed, pictures to be used, colors, font size, and things like this.
I gave the book five stars because I went to Mrs. Castro website and I got the feeling that she built a website to give useful information not to amuse the reader with her abilities to build a cutting edge web page. That's the message most pro designers forget, "We're after people, not after technology".
Mrs. Castro explains HTML rules in a very humble way, with humor and effectiveness.
Two thumbs up!
Rating: 5 out of 5
One of the best of its type
Usually skeptical about books promising to teach technical subjects "the quick and easy way," this one seemed different so I decided to take a chance. Very glad I did. Though I have been using Dreamweaver to design and manage several websites for about five years, there were always some things that never looked or worked quite right, especially in browsers other than Internet Explorer. I got home from the bookstore, sat down in front of the computer, and checked the index in Ms. Castro's book. Five minutes later, first problem solved!
Even with powerful software like Dreamweaver, it's important to understand basic HTML code and behavior. Being able to tweak the code oneself is the most reliable way to ensure your site runs and looks the way you want it to. This is where Castro's book really shines, even for quasi-technophobes like me. The instructions are remarkably clear and are really step-by-step, sometimes keystroke by keystroke. The sidebar examples are well done and very useful; (X)HTML conventions are explained in layperson-friendly language. And somehow Ms. Castro manages to inject some personality and liveliness into what can sometimes be so deadly dull.
For anyone who hasn't taken a course in (X)HTML or otherwise worked with it extensively, this will be a highly useful guide.
Rating: 5 out of 5
When I went looking for books on CSS, I first passed on this book and picked up one of those "24 hour" books. By the next day I went looking again and this time I picked it up. Glad I did. I learned a lot on (X)HTML AND CSS! Plenty of pictures and examples, beginning to end. The color, HTML Elements and CSS Property charts are useful tools for this personal web designer. And the Tips help is great. If you're a pro maybe this is too basic. But for a beginner or part-time web designer, it's great. Highly recommended.
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