HTML for Dummies
||Author: Ed Tittel, Stephen J. James|
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Publisher: For Dummies (23 June, 1997)
Sales Rank: 44,782
Average Customer Rating: 3.5 out of 5
Customer ReviewsRating: 1 out of 5
Unfortunately this book suffers from a failure to live up to its own hype. There are too many gaps in this so-called "beginner's text", and there are far too many parts of the text where no example is given except in the CD --- which is practicaly unplayable. PURCHASER'S CAVEAT --- This book will NOT allow you to set up your own web page based only on information contained within it. A disgrace to the usually dependable "Dummies" series.
Rating: 1 out of 5
Html for dummies
This book leaves out the basics of how to use the code. It uses code with no explanation. The explanations add no value. The index is incomplete in most cases. It was very poorly done. I am not a dummy. I was looking for a book that explained how to write html pages and use the language. This book dwells too much on how to write a pretty web page. It leaves out how to use the html code. It has no value for me. Don't buy this book.. You will be sorry and won't learn anything from it.
Rating: 1 out of 5
A Ripoff of Dummies
This was my first "Dummies" book, so perhaps I did not know what to expect. I was expecting a "how-to" book with lots of worked examples. This was not it. (BTW: My 12-yr old daughter put this down even faster than I did! She wanted to know how to create webpages. This did not do it for her.)
The first 4-5 chapters were boring essays on the history of the web and html. At 90 pages in length, Chapter 6 is apparently the heart of the book. This chapter is basically a HTML manual. It describes all HTML commands using a variant of BNF. Very few examples are given. There is a CD that comes with the book that supposedly contains worked examples. The few that I looked up were not detailed enough for me to infer the patterns.
Chapters 7-22 were short overly general sections discussing various issues. I did like chapter 15 on navigation aids. The end material on evaluating the usability of your website was even more vague (and a lot less entertaining) than a Jakob Nielsen lecture.
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