Head First HTML and CSS, 2nd Edition
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

    Learning can be fun

    By Mediator

    from Germany

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    • Well-written

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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.

         
        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,

           
          5.0

          I am astonished

          By Nindjo

          from Athens, Greece

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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.

               
              5.0

              Great book

              By Cathy

              from MO

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

                Used ebooks for class.

                 
                4.0

                Excellent

                By Gadget

                from Shreveport, LA

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

                Easy to read and understand, good exercises to reinforce learning. I am getting back into programming and design.

                 
                5.0

                Outstanding First HTML and CSS book

                By Kevin

                from Boise ID

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

                  I have used other Head First books before and they are great for learning a new programming topic.

                  This is a great book if you are just learning HTML and CSS. There are a plethora of code examples that amplify the learning of each particular topic.

                   
                  4.0

                  Great starter book

                  By Techtim2k

                  from Whittier, CA

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

                  It is a great book for web progammers starting out that actual shows you how to create different elements. I like how it show a basic to do something and grow upon it through each lesson to make it better.

                  (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  4.0

                  Great for Starters

                  By Raymond

                  from Global

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                  • Too basic

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

                  Well I will say that this is a very unique way to write a tech book - I never seen anything like it before. And I have mixed reviews about that.

                  In the beginning I found the little side stories fun and entertaining - but after a couple of hundred pages, I found myself fast forwarding past the cutesy stuff looking for the meat of the matter.

                  I must admit I do have previous experience with the subject matter and perhaps that is one reason I found the pace very slow.

                  I think this book is a great guide for someone who is just starting out, and is interested in a casual read while learning. But, if you are seriously attempting to digest the relevant information quickly, don't want to be bothered with sideline stories, and/or looking for a good tech reference - I would suggest looking elsewhere.

                  So why the 4 star rating - Because the writers delivered what they promised (something that doesn't happen to often)and they hit their target market square - it is a great read for the non tech guy/gal looking to get started.

                  I will read another one of the HF books by the same two authors on a subject matter that I have less of an understanding on - or no experience in when I have the time.

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