Book Review - Build Your Own Web Site the Right Way Using HTML and CSS
Build Your Own Web Site the Right Way Using HTML & CSS by Ian Lloyd is one of those books that I'd recommend to someone who is computer savvy but a complete novice when it comes to building web pages. It's readable and understandable to non-techie types, and it will get them started in the right way without all the old habits that have developed over the years.
Contents: Setting Up Shop; Your First Web Pages; Adding Some Style; Shaping Up with CSS; Picture This! Using Images on your Web Site; Tables - Tools for Organizing Data; Forms - Interacting with your Audience; Getting your Web Site Online; Adding a Blog to your Web Site; Pimp my Site - Cool Stuff you can Add for Free; Where to Now? What you Could Learn Next; XHTML Reference; Index
Rather than teach HTML and CSS as separate skills, Lloyd really combines the two as a single discipline. The book starts out with basic XHTML coding to build the structure of the page. He even goes into div tags in preparation for the next section of the book. That section has to do with making your page look nice with CSS. The reader learns how to position and style the content using style sheets, rather than using techniques such as bold tags and tables. Presenting the material in this fashion means that you shouldn't develop bad habits like using HTML for presentation rather than structure. The examples build upon each other and are consistent throughout, so you actually end up building a complete site rather than just a collection of pages that have no relationship to each other. There's even coverage of things such as blogs and third-party tools like statistic counters.
Overall, this is one of the better "beginner" books I've come across. I would feel comfortable giving this to someone who was enthusiastic about learning a new skill, and I wouldn't be concerned about where they'd end up at...
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