HTML & CSS: The Good Parts
Publisher: O'Reilly Media
Final Release Date: February 2010
Pages: 352

HTML and CSS are the workhorses of web design, and using them together to build consistent, reliable web pages requires both skill and knowledge. The task is more difficult if you're relying on outdated, confusing, and unnecessary HTML hacks and workarounds. Author Ben Henick shows you how to avoid those traps by going beyond the standard tips, tricks, and techniques to connect the underlying theory and design of HTML and CSS to your everyday work habits.

With this practical book, you'll learn how to work with these tools far more effectively than is standard practice for most web developers. Whether you handcraft individual pages or build templates, HTML & CSS: The Good Parts will help you get the most out of these tools in all aspects of web page design-from layout to typography and to color.

  • Structure HTML markup to maximize the power of CSS
  • Implement complex multi-column layouts from scratch
  • Improve site production values with advanced CSS techniques
  • Support formal usability and accessibility requirements with tools built into HTML and CSS
  • Avoid the most annoying browser and platform limitations
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Great, for sophisticated readers

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I am a programmer who wanted to learn & use some HTML/CSS. This book speaks well to readers with experience. Its not a tutorial. It assumes that you know enough to be asking which way is best, what traps should be avoided, or why some common practices may be poor practices. With this in mind, Recommended.

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A Required Introduction to the Web

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Pros

  • Concise
  • Easy to understand

Cons

  • Too basic

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  • Novice
  • Student

Comments about O'Reilly Media HTML & CSS: The Good Parts:

If you're new to Web Design and Development, you should absolutely read this book. It will give you a solid foundation in a relatively light package.If you've been in the industry a while, I'd move along.[...]

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All Over The Map in A Relatively Few Num

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  • Difficult to understand

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Comments about O'Reilly Media HTML & CSS: The Good Parts:

Around 300 pages, to be exact. Which is mostly a good thing, seeing as how most HTML and CSS books easily run three or four hundred pages each. Instead of me listing some of the different areas that are covered, put your mouse over the book's picture and select "Table of Contents" to see the entire list.

I say "mostly a good thing" because many of the paragraphs are pretty dense. This isn't necessarily bad, but for some reason I found the style of writing made it difficult for me to understand what was being said - maybe because it assumed knowledge I did not have.

Which wouldn't be the author's fault, as it says "Previous development experience with HTML and CSS is recommended" on the back of the book. I do have some experience - maybe just not enough to get the most out of this book.

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