HTML and CSS: Design and Build Websites

HTML and CSS: Design and Build Websites

by Jon Duckett


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A full-color introduction to the basics of HTML and CSS from the publishers of Wrox! 

Every day, more and more people want to learn some HTML and CSS. Joining the professional web designers and programmers are new audiences who need to know a little bit of code at work (update a content management system or e-commerce store) and those who want to make their personal blogs more attractive. Many books teaching HTML and CSS are dry and only written for those who want to become programmers, which is why this book takes an entirely new approach.

  • Introduces HTML and CSS in a way that makes them accessible to everyone—hobbyists, students, and professionals—and it’s full-color throughout
  • Utilizes information graphics and lifestyle photography to explain the topics in a simple way that is engaging
  • Boasts a unique structure that allows you to progress through the chapters from beginning to end or just dip into topics of particular interest at your leisure

This educational book is one that you will enjoy picking up, reading, then referring back to. It will make you wish other technical topics were presented in such a simple, attractive and engaging way!

This book is also available as part of a set in hardcover - Web Design with HTML, CSS, JavaScript and jQuery, 9781119038634; and in softcover - Web Design with HTML, CSS, JavaScript and jQuery, 9781118907443.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781118008188
Publisher: Wiley
Publication date: 11/29/2011
Pages: 512
Sales rank: 78,955
Product dimensions: 7.40(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

JON DUCKETT has been designing and building websites for more than a decade. He has worked with small startups and global brands, and has written more than a dozen books on web design, programming, usability, and accessibility.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 2

Chapter 1: Structure 12

Chapter 2: Text 40

Chapter 3: Lists 62

Chapter 4: Links 74

Chapter 5: Images 94

Chapter 6: Tables 126

Chapter 7: Forms 144

Chapter 8: Extra Markup 176

Chapter 9: Flash, Video & Audio 200

Chapter 10: Introducing CSS 226

Chapter 11: Color 246

Chapter 12: Text 264

Chapter 13: Boxes 300

Chapter 14: Lists, Tables & Forms 330

Chapter 15: Layout 358

Chapter 16: Images 406

Chapter 17: HTML5 Layout 428

Chapter 18: Process & Design 452

Chapter 19: Practical Information 476

Index 493

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HTML and CSS: Design and Build Websites 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 18 reviews.
Davis_DeBard More than 1 year ago
As Beautiful as a Book Can Be! I’ve been around books for a long time, with a Software Engineering degree from Harvard, and an MBA from the University of Chicago, which authored “A Manual for Style” that we were all required to read before writing term papers. While most technical books are organized and perfunctory, Jon Duckett’s “HTML and CSS: Design and Build Websites” is a paragon of beauty. Concepts are presented in a crystal clear way, with bold headings on two page spreads, that glorifies the didactic. I can only marvel and aspire to such elegance. An associate of mine from a user group commented, “Yeah, I read that. It’s pretty basic stuff.” He’s right in a way. It is foundational. Yet it also addresses new HTML 5 and CSS 3 concepts (I’ve read whole books on both), featuring the most useful aspects without slogging through the details. Throughout, there is the worldly wisdom of what works best, which features to use under which circumstances, and all presented without belaboring the obvious. My hat is off to Jon Duckett for a truly marvelous book.
Kodaaboyy More than 1 year ago
Pretty basic stuff, but it is all right in front of me in one book. The design is amazing and gives visual learners more of an easy time. The pictures and set up are really good. I like the author, he explains things as easy as possible, but not so much that I don't enjoy it. I just ordered the new book for Javascript and JQUERY, pretty excited on that too. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It is well designed and there are tons of examples, but don't follow the examples from the book. Sure, it explains things in great detail,  but when it comes to setting up some of the the tables to look EXACTLY like the book, it will confuse the heck out of a beginner web designer.  Luckily, there are numerous free websites out there that helpful in addition to this book.  
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is the best programming book I have ever read! I am fairly new to website design. After reading this book I have a better understanding of both HTML and CSS. This book also has a few pages of HTML5 and CSS3. This book was so well written and informative that I told my husband that he should read it. He has been a website developer for 15 years and thought he knew everything. He admitted that this book covers a lot of stuff that he didn't know about and now he can't put the book down. My husband is now very interested in learning HTML5. This book is a very quick read and it is hard to put down. LOVE IT!! Highly recommended for the Novice or Professional.
JakeBanda More than 1 year ago
really usefull for beginners!
KC96 More than 1 year ago
HTML & CSS by Jon Duckett has so far been a very superb book! The written context is laid out very easily for beginner web designers to understand.I started reading this book a few days ago and am fairly close to finishing, a book you just can't put down. For beginner the graphics and the way Jon Duckett shows how to code step by step is something that I find really enjoyable. I personally am a visual learner and this book really helps make the information stick and lets you feel more confident in writing code for websites faster. Giving this book 5 out of 5 stars. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I like the way the book is laid out, and the concepts are presented in an easy to understand format. However, the examples can be rather difficult to follow. Concepts are presented, and snippets of code are presented, but the reader must make assumptions as to what the rest of the html document must contain. For example, CSS statements are given, but no other coding, no additional clue as to what is in the body of the html document. Even hints like "refer to chapter X for creating a table" would be useful. So thumbs up for explanations, thumbs down for incomplete examples.
philscorner More than 1 year ago
Excellent read, review, reference. A bit dated perhaps, the field moves so quickly, but this is a well written, well illustrated guide to either get you started, or take it to the next level. The application you can download, with all the examples provides you with plenty of code you can adapt for your own purposes and learn from. Please note, this does not cover HTML5 Canvas.
MedusaTM More than 1 year ago
This book has helped me understand the basics. Made everything that i have been studying become in sync. Start here first!  Book has a style that reminds me of a power point.  
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is not very well arranged, and sometimes downright vague in some of it's examples. For instance, the entire 8th chapter is spent telling the reader about features that will not be fully covered until chapter 10 and beyond. Plenty of examples aren't fully explained and the book assumes that your familiarity with the subject matter is equivalent to fill in the blanks. It's a good starter for anyone who wants to learn the basics of HTML and css, I will admit this much. For anyone who's serious about not just skimming, but becoming proficient in HTML and css, with in depth explanations and examples, I would recommend video tutorials on youtube and tutorials from various websites.
momoftwins2 More than 1 year ago
Book was fantastic: not only showed how to create webpages efficiently, but how to create them in graphically appealing ways. having the code available online from the examples was also a great addition.
MHSF15 More than 1 year ago
This is a terrific book that fully explains how HTML and CSS work together to create web pages. I've been teaching web design for over 15 years, and this is the first book that I've used that helps ALL of the students grasp basic code. This book works well for both classroom and self-study. I've recommended it to students who are not in my class, and they've come back with rave reviews. The writing is clear, the information is dispensed in manageable doses and the design is beautiful. My only request is that they update it completely for HTML5. Other than that, perfection!
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PhraseFarrier More than 1 year ago
This is a great book! It's very easy to understand and follow along with. It's definatly not one of the boring old "how to" books. The pages are simple yet elegant. High Recommended to anyone looking to get into scripting ! 
KNR_Fan More than 1 year ago
This book is an invaluable tool in getting started with HTML and CSS. The format is excellent and the examples are well thought out. I highly recommend it for anyone looking to learn the subject. I wish other programming books would use this format.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wonderful! I know nothing about HTML or CSS and this book has taught me so much. It's clear, colorful, and educational. I highly recommend it to anyone who is even thinking about learning about web design.
WaziWB More than 1 year ago
This book is an excellent book for anyone looking to start learning about HTML and CSS. The book comes with a lot of pictural demonstration which makes it real easy to understand the material. This book is absolutely lovely.
Samiam2007 More than 1 year ago
I bought this book out of complete necessity. I was hired for a web designer position and quickly learned that I did not know as much as I thought I did. This book helped me learn HTML/CSS in 3 days! Highly recommend it to anyone.