Head First HTML with CSS & XHTML

ISBN: 059610197X
ISBN 13: 9780596101978
By: Elisabeth Robson Eric Freeman Kathy Sierra Rich Gibson

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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 with CSS & XHTML 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, and so your web pages work in all the browsers and mobile devices out there. 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 with CSS & XHTML, 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, CSS, and XHTML 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."Elegant design is at the core of every chapter here, each concept conveyed with equal doses of pragmatism and wit." --Ken Goldstein, Executive Vice President, Disney Online"This book is a thoroughly modern introduction to forward-looking practices in web page markup and presentation." --Danny Goodman, author of Dynamic HTML: The Definitive Guide"What used to be a long trial and error learning process has now been reduced neatly into an engaging paperback." --Mike Davidson, CEO, Newsvine, Inc."I love Head First HTML with CSS & XHTML--it teaches you everything you need to learn in a 'fun coated' format!" --Sally Applin, UI Designer and Artist"I haven't had as much fun reading a book (other than Harry Potter) in years. And your book finally helped me break out of my hapless so-last-century way of creating web pages." --Professor David M. Arnow, Department of Computer and Information Science, Brooklyn College"If you've ever had a family member who wanted you to design a website for them, buy them Head First HTML with CSS and XHTML. If you've ever asked a family member to design you a web site, buy this book. If you've ever bought an HTML book and ended up using it to level your desk, or for kindling on a cold winter day, buy this book. This is the book you've been waiting for. This is the learning system you've been waiting for." --Warren Kelly, Blogcritics.org

Reader's Thoughts


HEAD FIRST = FUNTIMES. Highly enjoyable introduction to HTML/CSS plus the basics of image editing. Still highly enjoyable even if you already know a lot of HTML/CSS. It teaches you the basics, the reasons why we follow standards and it makes you think and do -- a lot. This is the ultimate newbie book. Although it needs a little update: HTML 5 is almost a reality + it needs to clear up the unfortunate naming (e.g. XHTML). Apart from a few things that needs to be cleared up, this book is heaven sent. If only there was a HeadFirst Intermediate Algebra when I was younger...ETA:If you're an experienced programmer, the chapters quickly become painful and tedious though I am reminded by the little gems of knowledge - why some of the things are done a certain way and the different ways of tackling a certain problem.The last chapter is surprisingly dedicated to forms that are passed to a .php process. Bare PHP stuff, no programming. Well, onto the PHP/mysql Head First book or not. :DI still maintain it's an excellent book for beginners and the young ones who HATE books. If you desire a little less hand holding when you review or start out, try to check out other books.


Absolute must read for people who want to learn HTML and CSS to start their own webpage/site and who have no idea how to do that.The book is designed for absolute beginner, and covers almost all aspects of building a webpage/site using HTML, and explains it in a really understandable way without any high-tech terms. Also gives a lot of exercises after each chapter which help to learn a subject really well.I would diffidently recommend this book for my friends who are not familiar with any of web-development stuff.

Jordan Debben

Did the job for me. Great book for beginners. One thing to note is that, as IT books tend to be, it will be outdated rather soon. The book makes the statement (at least in the edition I bought, though I suspect more recent prints may have redacted) that (not verbatim) "It will all be XHTML from now on, there will be no HTML5". In fact, HTML5 will be the new standard that makes everything in this book obsolete over the next few years, and every web browser except Internet Explorer has already implemented it (IE is always at the tail end of the procession. My advice; use Chrome or Firefox).Making such predictions in such a fast moving field of technology nearly always turns out to be a bad idea. But what is in this book should continue to be perfectly functional for a good few years as they maintain backwards compatibility (famous last words), and it is an excellent introduction to anyone just interested in how the internet works, and in gaining practical skills and knowledge in IT.

Miguel Angel Ivars Mas

Uno de los mejores libros que he visto nunca sobre html, pero con diferencia, aprendes de forma correcta html y css siguiendo los estándares muy fácilmente y te sorprende como cobra sentido todo.Realizado con mucho cariño con ilustraciones, explicaciones, diálogos y personificaciones de cada propiedad, etiqueta, etc, que te hacen pasar un buen rato y entender hasta la más ínfima diferencia y característica de tu web.Una lástima que no esté en español porque podría ser libro de cabecera para muchos que por el idioma nunca accederán a él.

William Murakami-brundage

The book that I cut my HTML/CSS teeth on. Excellent details and covers vital matter well. Especially noteworthy for the amount of information I retained even 3 years later; kudos to the Head First team.


Wanting to learn CSS I pulled down several books at the bookstore and began thumbing through them. Later I took a look online at reviews and thought to give it a try. Initially I was put off by the rigamarole that the Head First team goes through to explain their philosophy of pounding the material into your head.But it is good. Humor, with some real world examples and repetition do seem to work here. The only thing lacking is that the book should have a reference instead of telling you to buy another book so you could have a dictionary of the terms they have now struggled so diligently to teach you.Another detraction is the 45 days online free. Once you buy it, find someway to make that always free online. Make the user stronger and the relationship between purchaser/student and author/teacher better. Build on it, and find someway to make those tests in the book interactive on the web. A good resource and entertaining as well.


this is the text book for my web essentials class & so far, I love this book - loved it all the way through the class -the exercises are direct, detailed & humorous, to keep your attention through what can be incredibly dry material - I'd recommend this to anyone wanting to dip their whole foot in the HTML, XTML & CSS pond

Gabriel Galvão

beginner book. Read it for the CSS part.


It may not be regarded as a HTML refrence book but i should say that it is a perfect Learning Tool.The book is so fun to read that sometimes u cant let go of reading even if its 2 am and ur damn sleepy.Stories,Crossword puzzles add icing on cake.It was a "Experiance" reading this book.After this book i bought Head First Web Design and Head First Javascript


I actually brought this book on the train with me for pleasure-reading while I was commuting. I found this book on the shelf in the library while looking for a book on PHP, and something about the look of its spine had me pull it down and browse through it. I wasn't sure about the layout of the book at first (it's full of pictures, asides, and "handwritten" notes), but it seemed interesting enough that I thought I'd take it home with me and look through it. Now, I consider myself pretty well versed in HTML basics, but I knew I could use some brushing up, and my CSS skills are pretty weak, so I started in on it. The first half of the book was all review, but it was such an engaging review that I actually read through it all. The second half of the book started touching on things I didn't know or was shaky on, and I felt like it explained things very well. I actually ended up buying myself a copy of the book to keep as a reference manual, becuase I felt like it had excellent breadth and does a really good job of guiding someone from absolute beginner to standards- and accessibility-savvy on a number of different topics. If you consider yourself beginner to intermediate in creating web pages, and especially if you get bored with the standard way computer manuals and reference books are written, this is a good book to look at. It's published by O'Reilly, which I didn't realize at first, but it really is a serious and smart book dressed up in flashier clothing.

Ann Arguello

I LOVE THIS BOOK! Sometimes it's a bore to get through these books, but this book was very interesting. I read it straight through. It was useful and informative, easy to follow. I just got the their book on Javascript, and hoping there's one for PHP. The book said PHP was coming out in 2006, but I haven't found it.

Rohit Mishra

Head First HTML with CSS & XHTML was my second book in Head First series after Head First Java, 2nd Edition. Like the 1st book, this book continues the method of simple, redundant explanations that make the content stick. The book doesn't cover all the topics but really makes sure that the reader has completely understood the topics being taught. The conversational tone of the book is great if you are learning XHTML and CSS on your own. If you are getting started with web-designing, this book is highly recommended.


I'm not done with this one yet, but I have to say it's one of the easiest training guides I've ever picked up. If it sometimes it gets a little patronizing in its quest to be approachable, the method seems to work in the end...I actually read half of this book in one weekend. It also has exercises you get to do during every chapter, which I always love.

Pete Aven

Great tutorial in XHMTL and CSS. Very practical. I'm a big fan of Head First books. They're not references, but give you a foundation to dive into a technical area with some confidence and knowledge of resources required to further pursue that area. How HTML and CSS are used has changed over the years and this book will give you a contemporary viewpoint as well as the history and insight into why other ways of using HTML/CSS didn't work. There're many sample exercises you can do on your own and it's a quick read.


I've read two HTML books in my life now. The first was back in the early 1990s when was considered neat. This one I read to brush up on HTML but mostly to learn all about CSS. I started another book but realized I didn't have the fundamentals down so went for something easy to get started with. This book fit the bill. It is relatively complete in its coverage of XHTML and CSS (at least at the level I was interested in) and did it in an easy to read manner. I've also read the AJAX book but didn't like it nearly as much.Anyway, this is a pretty good read. Lots of geeky examples (Buckaroo Banzai references, that sort of thing). I'd recommend it.

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