Head First HTML and CSS, 2nd Edition
A Learner's Guide to Creating Standards-Based Web Pages
Publisher: O'Reilly Media
Final Release Date: August 2012
Pages: 768

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 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 so they work in all browsers and mobile devices. 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, 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 and CSS 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.

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5.0

easy to understand

By bonbonhha

from CA

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  • Easy to understand
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    Comments about oreilly Head First HTML and CSS, 2nd Edition:

    It can't be easier to understand html and css through other books than this one.It tells me so many things about the internet.I think I should say thank you to it!

     
    4.0

    perfect for entry level WEB

    By RJ

    from Wellington, FL

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      Comments about oreilly Head First HTML and CSS, 2nd Edition:

      great exercises

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Good book, but needs some updating!

      By Carlos the Ranger

      from Miami, FL

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      • Easy to understand
      • Helpful examples
      • Well-written

      Cons

      • Some Outdated Material

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      Comments about oreilly Head First HTML and CSS, 2nd Edition:

      Simple and user friendly reading. I use this book in conjunction with MS One note. I can cut and paste important notes, definitions, diagrams, written code, and the likes... I can easily review, search, and modify, as I wish.
      On the other hand, this material needs a bit of updating:
      Codes in the W3C Markup validation service have changed. for example, the < meta charset="utf-8"> is no longer a requirement; instead, it has been superseded by < html lang="en">. Another update: re; p.326, new browsers now do not allow you to load fonts from a domain different from where your files are being served. This page needs revision.

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      3.0

      Head First HTML and CSS, 2nd Edition

      By Sherry

      from Singapore

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      Pros

      • Easy to understand
      • Helpful examples

      Cons

      • Too basic

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      Comments about oreilly Head First HTML and CSS, 2nd Edition:

      Your products are all in excellent quality.

      They are in good values base on the quality.

      I would like to recommend that if the contents in this book could be more simplified.

       
      4.0

      Head Start HTML 2nd ed.

      By Knarf

      from Rock Mount, VA

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      Comments about oreilly Head First HTML and CSS, 2nd Edition:

      Using the e-book version in an introductory class to HTML.
      Quirky scenarios and figures a bit dated. Foundational material explained well so-far.
      Introduces some concepts of CSS very early without explanation (e.g. padding and margins Chapter 1 )that are explained later (Chapter 9).
      Needs to clarify "how to" check work by going back and forth from Text Editor to Browser(s). Instructor picked the book- seems to like the Head First Series.

       
      5.0

      Learning can be fun

      By Mediator

      from Germany

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        Comments about oreilly Head First HTML and CSS, 2nd Edition:

        I knew quite some html and wanted to update my knowledge on html5 and css. The book is unusual as it contains a lot of graphics, making it nice to look at, many repetitions of the same content in different formats which really helps remembering and many "dumb questions" sections.
        reading it was fun (I read the epub version on a tablet).
        While epub gives a nice and flexible reading experience it would be even better if the exercises could be solved online from within the book.

         
        5.0

        Perfect for Beginners.

        By Scottyz

        from Green Bay, WI

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          Comments about oreilly Head First HTML and CSS, 2nd Edition:

          I have seen some HTML but did not know much more than what a H1 or p was. This book did an excellent job finding unique ways of explaining and getting the information to stick. I have used some website applications like Drupal and Wordpress which are fine, but I am looking forward to programming some pages from scratch.
          This book also contained all the code for each example and project, either in the book or you could download content for each chapter.
          Anyways, for how my brain is wired this book really stuck.

          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          This is probably the best training book

          By Hec

          from Yorba Linda, CA

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            Comments about oreilly Head First HTML and CSS, 2nd Edition:

            it goes step by step in a very easy to understand way,

            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            I am astonished

            By Nindjo

            from Athens, Greece

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            • Entertaining
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              Comments about oreilly Head First HTML and CSS, 2nd Edition:

              I am astonished that an explicit book like this exists. It took me through the pavements of HTML and CSS and it show me, in a very nice, funny, instructive and easy going way, that it is very easy to write HTML and CSS code.
              Thank you witers

               
              5.0

              Great for Intro to Web Design

              By Chip1264

              from Fayetteville, GA

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                Comments about oreilly Head First HTML and CSS, 2nd Edition:

                As a high school teacher of Web Design and seeing some of the issues students have with learning HTML/CSS, this book does a great job presenting the material for those who struggle learning the how's and why's. The illustrations help enforce the techniques being taught. If I was able to purchase enough copies, I would use them as my textbook for the class, unfortunately we are moving away from textbooks. I would love to have this as Web accessible content. It's just to good not to.

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