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HTML 4 for the World Wide Web: Visual QuickStart Guide

Elizabeth Castro John's TOP Recommendation.

Excellent reports on this book are given by Open University students on course T171.

The book covers

  • The latest specifications of HTML 4 set by the World Wide Web Consortium, from the most basic tags that place text, images and links on the page to more complex ones that set up tables, frames or forms.
  • HTML code for creating Web pages, including formatting text, images, links, colours, tables, frames, forms, embedded multimedia clips.
  • Registering with search engines.
  • A chapter on debugging, including browser compatibility issues
  • Cascading Style Sheets.
  • Javascript actions like rollovers, and CGI scripts for use with forms.
  • Clear and concise instructions.
  • Well-captioned illustrations and screenshots that show both the source code and the resulting effect on the Web page.
  • An extremely detailed index.
  • Very useful for both beginner and a good reference book for intermediate users who are already familiar with basic HTML but need help with specific topics.
  • Extensive and useful appendices.
    • A chart that describes each tag (along with its compatibility with Netscape Navigator and/or Internet Explorer.)
    • The code for special symbols.
    • Hexadecimal equivalents for RGB colours.
    • A comparison chart for some of the HTML editors on the market.
  • All the screen shots (of which there are a good number) use Netscape, but this should not cause problems for IE users.



Mastering HTML 4: Premium Edition

Deborah S. Ray, Eric J. Ray

Hardcover: 1200 pages  July 1999

This text covers HTML 4, providing coverage of all the essentials including: formatting fundamentals; forms; frames; tables; image maps; integrating Java; and using JavaScript 1.3. This book covers everything from

  • brilliant step-by-step guides
  • designing your first web page (with step by step instruction), through to advanced (as you soon will be) but learnable applications. Included is a must have 'Masters Reference' section, containing; tags, attributes, color codes, etc, which will ensure the books longevity. There's also a bonus CD containing example code and shareware/freeware web programs.






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HTML A Beginner's Guide (Essential Skills Made Easy)


Wendy Willard John - Highly Recommended

Paperback - 538 pages (July 2009)
Osborne McGraw-Hill;

Book Description.

Revised with the most current information and images appropriate for the beginner and written by a recognised industry trainer, this is a must-have first step for those looking to acquire Web development skills.

This beginner's guide teaches the fundamentals to anyone wanting to create Web pages and sites using HTML. The author addresses the changes taking place in HTML as of the year 2000 to keep the reader completely up-to-date



HTML 4 for Dummies

Ed Tittel, Natanya Pitts

Paperback - 432 pages 5th Ed (October 2005) Review
Hard-core programmers would say that HTML is for dummies. Nonetheless, those of us who'd like to build and maintain our own Web sites but cringe at the sight of anything resembling a programming language, HTML 4 for Dummies is the hand-holding guide we need to help us through.

Given that so many HTML editors are available that do all of the site-building work for you, it's strange that the authors chose to wait until Appendix C in the back of the book to explain why you need to know HTML. Still, their reasons for learning HTML are sound and the advice they dispense is solid.

Along with going through the ins and outs of HTML tags, the authors do a fine job of explaining what design elements work and how to avoid common mistakes. The section on XHTML ensures that budding site builders have all the latest tools at their disposal.

Whether your goal is to build a simple, text-oriented Web site, or one loaded with frames and graphics and animation, HTML 4 for Dummies will put you on the right track. --John Frederick Moore,

This work provides an update to the HTML mark-up standard for amateurs and professional Web designers. It covers HTNL tags and scripting, while also showing how to apply the language to create both simple and complex Web pages.

This book contained a lot of useful information and lots of references (as most Dummies books do.) This book will get you writing HTML painlessly (as it is not hard to learn.) If you buy this book you will learn HTML, end of story. (Obviously, for more advanced features you will need other books.) Great for beginners! --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


HTML 4 for Dummies Quick Reference

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Deborah S. Ray, Eric Ray

Paperback - 240 pages 2nd Ed (July 2010)

Introduces readers to HTML tags and shows them how to create a Web page with them.

This is not a comprehensive book on HTML, but as the title suggests, it is for reference purposes. I like to try stuff out myself, then refer to this book if I get stuck. In this respect it's invaluable. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.





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Creating Web Pages for Dummies


Creating Web Pages All-in-One for Dummies for Dummies 648 pages

Bud Smith, Arthur Bebak

Paperback - 384 pages 6th Ed (March 2002)

Book Description
The number one reference for creating Web pages and posting them online, including updates on posting pages for free on Yahoo! Geocities.
This book goes a long way toward explaining Web publishing to newcomers to the field. It is not, however, much of an introduction to hypertext markup language (HTML) or any other site development language

Topics covered:

  • The essentials of building a series of Web pages
  • Getting them up for public consumption.
  • Publishing services,
  • Page-design software, and the
  • Bare essentials of HTML
  • Special considerations of publishing for Web TV and
  • Dealing with diverse browser types.
  • Web services (such as America Online and GeoCities) that will help you publish your pages
  • Good page design



Creating Web Pages for Dummies Quick Reference

Doug Lowe

Paperback - 224 pages 2nd Ed (Feb 1999)

Here's everything you need to know to create your own Web pages from scratch. Creating Web Pages For Dummies Quick Reference (2nd Edition) gives you fast, friendly and easy-to-understand information on mastering the basics of page design; working with graphics, sounds, and video; performing basic to advanced scripting with JavaScript and VBScript; creating Web pages with Microsoft FrontPage 2000, Netscape Composer 4.5, or Microsoft FrontPage Express; and, finally, publishing your Web sites to...Reviewer:
i shouldn't have bought this particular book; it focuses on a set of popular web-creation packges, which may be good for many 'wintel' users, but not for me with my iMac... some useful general pointers on the whole web-design process, mind.




Designing Web Usability

Jacob Nielson (The worlds acknowledged authority on web usability)

Paperback - 432 pages (January 2000)

Creating Web sites is easy. Creating sites that truly meet the needs and expectations of the wide range of online users is quite another story. In Designing Web Usability: The Practice of Simplicity, Jakob Nielsen shares his insightful thoughts on the subject. Packed with annotated examples of actual Web sites, this book sets out many of the design precepts all Web developers should follow.

Topics covered:

  • Cross-platform design.
  • Response time considerations.
  • Writing for the Web.
  • Multimedia implementation.
  • Navigation strategies.
  • Search boxes.
  • Corporate intranet design.
  • Accessibility for disabled users.
  • international considerations.
  • Future predictions.
  • includes survey results on:
    • sizes of screens
    • types of queries submitted to search engines
    • response times by connection type



Sams Teach Yourself Web Publishing with HTML 4 in 21 Days

Laura Lemay

Hardcover - 1272 pages (Dec 1998)
This is a book suited for beginners to HTML and experts looking for a reference book. It starts from basics and assumes no prior knowledge. This title is for anyone interested in learning how to publish pages on the Internet.


  • The World Wide Web. Introduction to HTML
  • Creating Simple Web Pages, Links, Text Formatting.
  • Web Graphics. Using Images, Color, and Backgrounds. Creating Images and Animations
  • Style Sheets, Tables, and Frames. XHTML and Style Sheets
  • Multimedia and Java Applets. Adding Sounds, Videos.Using Java
  • Imagemaps and Forms. Beginning CGI Scripting
  • JavaScript and Dynamic HTML
  • Designing Effective Web Pages. Dos and Don'ts. Good and Bad Web Design
  • Putting Your Site Online
  • Letting People Know It's There
  • Testing, Revising, and Maintaining Your Web Site
  • Setting Up and Administering a Web Server. Tricks, and Tips. Security and Access Control
  • Appendixes
    • Appendix A Sources for Further Information
    • B HTML 4.0 Quick Reference
    • C Cross-Browser Reference Table
    • D Cascading Style Sheet (CSS) Quick Reference
    • E JavaScript Reference
    • F Character Entities
    • G Colors by Name and Hexadecimal Value
    • H MIME Types and File Extensions
    • Index




Sams Teach Yourself Web Publishing with HTML and XHTML in 21 Days

Laura Lemay

Paperback - 864 pages 3rd Ed (15 March, 2001)

Book Description
Sams Teach Yourself Web Publishing with HTML & XHTML in 21 Days, Third Edition is a new edition of the best-selling Laura Lemay book that started the whole HTML/Web publishing phenomenon. The entire book has been revised and refined to freshen up its appearance and to bring it up to date with current Web publishing practices and technologies. Yet the books original style, off-beat humor, and popular learning techniques will be retained and developed. This edition of the book includes coverage of the latest developments in HTML and Web publishing, including the effects of XHTML 1.0 and 1.1 on Web publishing practices, the new generation of browsers from Microsoft and Netscape, improvements and changes in Web publishing tools, and developments in Web scripting and programming.

Table of Contents

Each Chapter ends with Summary, Workshop, Q&A, Quiz, Quiz Answers, and Exercises.

  • World Wide Web. What the Browser Does. Web Servers. Uniform Resource Locators (URLs).
  • How to organized a Web Site.
  • An Introduction to HTML.
    • HTML Formatting. Programs to Help You Write HTML. CREATING SIMPLE WEB PAGES.
  • HTML.The Tag, Title, Headings, Paragraphs, Lists.
  • Links. Tag. Relative and Absolute Pathnames. Anchors. URL.
  • Horizontal Rules. Line Break. Addresses. Quotations. Special Characters.
  • Text Alignment. Aligning Individual Elements. Aligning Blocks of Elements. Fonts and Font Sizes.
  • WEB GRAPHICS. Images, Color, and Backgrounds. Text and Image Alignment. Wrapping Text Next to Images. Adjusting the Space Around Images.
  • Images and Links. Using External Images. Other Neat Tricks with Images.
  • Naming Colors. Changing the Background Color. Changing Text Colors. Spot Color.
  • Creating Animated Graphics, Transparent GIF Files and Creating an Image Rollover.
  • Creating and Using Imagemaps.
  • Tables.
  • Frames and Linked Windows.
  • XHTML and Style Sheets. External and Embedded Style Sheets. Cascading.
  • Multimedia- Adding Sounds, Videos, and More.
  • Designing Forms.
  • Using Dynamic HTML. JavaScript Basics.

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Sams Teach Yourself HTML and XHTML in 24 Hours

5 star Charles Ashbacher, Dick Oliver




Designing Web Pages (Illustrated Series Introductary)

Designing Web Pages

TT280 Set book (provided)

Joel Sklar

Set book for Open University Course TT280

Paperback (May 2001).   

256 pages

This Illustrated Series text focuses on strong usability and design concepts to teach the essential skills for creating a portable, well-designed professional Web site.




Book Name * Author Price Guide ASIN
Building a Web Site for Dummies   David Crowder £15.99 0764507206
Creating Web Pages for Dummies 5 Bud Smith, Arthur Bebak £15.99 0764507338
Creating Web Pages for Dummies Quick Reference 2 Doug Lowe £9.59 076450505X
Dynamic HTML for Dummies 2 Michael Hyman £23.19 0764504673
HTML 4 for Dummies 3 Ed Tittel, Natanya Pitts £19.19 0764507230
HTML 4 for Dummies Quick Reference 3 Deborah S. Ray, Eric Ray £7.99 0764507214
XML for Dummies 3 Ed Tittel £19.19 0764506927
Sams Teach Yourself Web Development with ASP in 24 Hours 3 Sams Publishing £26.39 0672317907
Sams Teach Yourself Web Publishing with HTML and XHTML in 21 Days 5 Laura Lemay £20.40 0672320770


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