Head First HTML with CSS & XHTML
A Learner's Companion to HTML, CSS, and XHTML
Publisher: O'Reilly Media
Final Release Date: December 2005
Pages: 704

Tired of reading HTML books that only make sense after you're an expert? Then it's about time you picked up Head First HTML with CSS & XHTML and really learned HTML. You want to learn HTML so you can finally create those web pages you've always wanted, so you can communicate more effectively with friends, family, fans, and fanatic customers. You also want to do it right so you can actually maintain and expand your Web pages over time, and so your web pages work in all the browsers and mobile devices out there. Oh, and if you've never heard of CSS, that's okay - we won't tell anyone you're still partying like it's 1999 - but if you're going to create Web pages in the 21st century then you'll want to know and understand CSS.

Learn the real secrets of creating Web pages, and why everything your boss told you about HTML tables is probably wrong (and what to do instead). Most importantly, hold your own with your co-worker (and impress cocktail party guests) when he casually mentions how his HTML is now strict, and his CSS is in an external style sheet.

With Head First HTML with CSS & XHTML, you'll avoid the embarrassment of thinking web-safe colors still matter, and the foolishness of slipping a font tag into your pages. Best of all, you'll learn HTML and CSS in a way that won't put you to sleep. If you've read a Head First book, you know what to expect: a visually-rich format designed for the way your brain works. Using the latest research in neurobiology, cognitive science, and learning theory, this book will load HTML, CSS, and XHTML into your brain in a way that sticks.

So what are you waiting for? Leave those other dusty books behind and come join us in Webville. Your tour is about to begin.

"Elegant design is at the core of every chapter here, each conceptconveyed with equal doses of pragmatism and wit."--Ken Goldstein, Executive Vice President, Disney Online

"This book is a thoroughly modern introduction to forward-lookingpractices in web page markup and presentation."--Danny Goodman, author of Dynamic HTML: The Definitive Guide

"What used to be a long trial and error learning process hasnow been reduced neatly into an engaging paperback."--Mike Davidson, CEO, Newsvine, Inc.

"I love Head First HTML with CSS & XHTML--itteaches you everything you need to learn in a 'fun coated' format!"--Sally Applin, UI Designer and Artist

"I haven't had as much fun reading a book (other than Harry Potter) in years. And your book finally helped me break out of my hapless so-last-century way of creating web pages."--Professor David M. Arnow, Department of Computer and Information Science, Brooklyn College

"If you've ever had a family member who wanted you to design a website for them, buy them Head First HTML with CSS and XHTML. If you've ever asked a family member to design you a web site, buy this book. If you've ever bought an HTML book and ended up using it to level your desk, or for kindling on a cold winter day, buy this book. This is the book you've been waiting for. This is the learning system you've been waiting for."--Warren Kelly, Blogcritics.org

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4.6

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    5.0

    Good Introductory Manual

    By TATWORTH

    from Cheshire, England

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    • Easy to understand
    • Good introduction
    • Helpful examples

    Cons

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      • Good Starter Manual
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      Comments about oreilly Head First HTML with CSS & XHTML:

      I wish this book had been available to me years ago when I was learning CSS. It is an excellent book for getting an initial grounding in the use of CSS. I would therefore recommend it to all starting out with HTML/CSS.

      It is not a complete manual of CSS but it does provide the essential initial understanding. Any IT team wishing to retrain people into web applications, should use this book as a first step in the training process. By following the exercises, any developer should get the initial experiance in the use of CSS to style HTML.

      There are some typographic errors acknowledged in the errata and the published would be well advised to produce a corrected edition.

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      very useful

      By jose v

      from foreign

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      • Easy to understand
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        Comments about oreilly Head First HTML with CSS & XHTML:

        Perfect for absolute beginners in web programming (like me).
        Practical approach from chapter one to the end.
        Well explained and easy to understand.

        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        This kind of book will be rarely dusty!

        By blobs429

        from Philippines

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        • Concise
        • Easy to understand
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        • Well-written

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          Comments about oreilly Head First HTML with CSS & XHTML:

          With this book, learning HTML with CSS and XHTML all at once will never be a pain-in-the-head experience.

          You will surely keep reading this until the very end!

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          GREAT BOOK !!!

          By mohdnat91

          from Jordan

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          • Easy to understand
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              Comments about oreilly Head First HTML with CSS & XHTML:

              One of the best books i've read .
              it's well organized , easy-to-understand as well as entertaining (i doesn't get any better !).

               
              4.0

              Great introduction to HTML

              By Jesper Christesen holm

              from Soenderborg, Denmark

              About Me Soon to be developer

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              Pros

              • Accurate
              • Easy to understand
              • Educational
              • Fun
              • Helpful examples
              • Well-written

              Cons

              • Not updated

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              Comments about oreilly Head First HTML with CSS & XHTML:

              Really great introduction to HTML, i've been trying to learn HTML and CSS over the last 2-3 years using online tutorials, but every time i try i lose interest and stop reading after 1-2 lessons.
              But this book is fun and educational at the same time. The combination of fun and exercise made this book something special, i've read start to end faster then any other book i've ever read.

              The only thing that could be better, would be a secound edition, that has been updated, since the book is kind of old now.

               
              5.0

              yah, it is good

              By sometime i can fly

              from Bandung, Indonesia

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              Pros

              • Easy to understand
              • Helpful examples
              • Well-written

              Cons

              • Too basic

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              Comments about oreilly Head First HTML with CSS & XHTML:

              it give fundamental understanding about website creation, really a starter to learn web programming. i can just read it fast and direct, then in the end i know what is it, don't have to answer each question, and can be reviewed again next time.

               
              5.0

              Start working on your website NOW !!

              By Tesseract

              from San Antonio, TX

              About Me Designer, Developer, Sys Admin

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                Comments about oreilly Head First HTML with CSS & XHTML:

                Finally I'm opening my mind and eyes to Web development not entirely dedicated to corporate applications. The book is fresh and easy to to go by...I'm having my wife to go over it to help her build her own Webpage by herself !! I adore all the Head First publications !! Keep in mind that the book starts from the standpoint that you know NOTHING !

                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Head First HTML with CSS and XHTML

                By Jody Raines

                from New Jersey

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                • Accurate
                • Easy to understand
                • Humorous
                • Informative
                • Instructional
                • Well-written

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                  Comments about oreilly Head First HTML with CSS & XHTML:

                  HTML is the language of the web, and it's practically impossible to send out an eNewsletter without knowing a 'bit' of code.

                  Understanding how HTML and CSS and XHTML work together, and how to create a website that's in accordance with web standards eludes even some of the best web developers! This easy to understand book covers not just the basics, but also some of the more complex idiosyncrasies of the language of the web in a way that makes these geeky concepts understandable.

                  Three reasons I'd recommend this book. First, it's a great overview, clearly written and easy to read. Second the graphics are fun and humorous. And third, it's accurate and well organized.

                  I wasn't sure at first whether the topic would prove too elementary, or the principles too basic, but I was really surprised to find that the tone and pace was really enjoyable. 

The authors have a sense of humor, and the graphics not only demonstrate the point, they do so in imaginative ways. Like the argument between jpeg and gif, staged as if they are two people having an argument about their relative strengths and weaknesses. Especially for folks new to the web world, the choice of gif or jpeg is sure to be a mystery that the Freemans unravel with warmth and humor.

                  Headfirst HTML with CSS and XHTML is a great primer for business owners, who like to be hands-on and who have more than a passing interest in how their website is built, for marketers who must interface with the Tech Guys and want to know how the web was won, and for web developers who think they understand it, but just want to fill in the gaps. Even the old hands at web design may find a thing or two they thought they knew explained in a refreshing manner that could potentially help them explain the concept to their non-techy counterparts.

                  
A definite must own that I'll be sharing with new hires. Great investment.

                  Disclaimer: I received a downloaded copy of this book for review purposes.

                  (0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Just Fantastic!!

                  By Zaphod

                  from Austin, TX

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                    Comments about oreilly Head First HTML with CSS & XHTML:

                    I've basically been cheating for years using Golive and Dreamweaver to write code I was entirely too lazy to fully learn. I of course ended up picking most of it up when I've have to "fix" issues that would come up with the sites I built. I've been moving to drupal and in order to do custom designed sites I actually, really needed to finish learning Proper HTML and CSS.... and PHP which I'm working on now. There's one complaint that the book is written for a 6 year old but it really isn't. it does a great job or reinforcing everything you learn along the way. I spent the better part of a week and a half slamming through I think the close to 600 pages. If you don't know squat about HTML and CSS this book is terrific.... if you were half way there already and wanted to correct your bad habits by actually.... finally... knowing what you were doing.... This is still a great book. I highly recommend it.

                    (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    Best Book for Beginners and Experts

                    By Amit Agrawal

                    from San Francisco

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                      Comments about oreilly Head First HTML with CSS & XHTML:

                      It was the Head First HTML with CSS & XHTML that got me into all these books in the Head First series and I've never looked back!

                      O'Reilly books are known for their depth and scope in the developer community and this one doesn't disappoint you. Even if you're a complete beginner who've never written a single line of HTML code - this book holds your hands and builds your skills from the ground up.

                      Many programming books assume that you know the "big picture" or how things fit but not this one!

                      If you're a hobbyist who wants to develop some personal website then making your own website wouldn't be very difficult with all the code snippets scattered all over the book!

                      Unlike many HTML and CSS books, The Head First is different in a sense that it teaches you the best-practices prevalent in the community and to make standards compliant websites which increases the possibility that your websites will look the same in almost all the browsers across an array of operating systems.

                      I took a Web Page Coding at the Highest Standard course and this book complemented what I learned there.

                      Did you know the difference between jpeg and gif files? Can you justify why you pick up one of the other? No? This book shows you which one to pick up while developing your website and why!

                      The book is also high on its entertainment value - which most computer books seriously lack. highly Recommended!

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