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.Ekaterina
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 One thing to note is that, as IT books tend to be, it will be outdated rather soon.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.D.w.
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.Justine
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 pondGabriel Galvão
beginner book. Read it for the CSS part.Prashant
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
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.Marissa
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.Mike
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.