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

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.

Gabriel Galvão

beginner book. Read it for the CSS part.


This was assigned as a textbook for Web Development I, and it basically taught the class by itself.A hefty tome, this book intimidated me up until I opened it and found the illustrated explanation of its mission, to help readers trick their brains into thinking CSS is "as important as a tiger." It does a great job, too - with conversational language, straightforward explanations, and lots and lots of pictures, examples, and exercises, this book taught me oodles of new things about HTML and CSS. I'd recommend it to anyone who's just starting or, like me, comes to the field with some extremely rudimentary HTML skills.Also, did I mention it's hilarious? Just plain fun to read.It looks like the series does similar books not only for other web concepts (I'm browsing the JavaScript one now), but for math. I bet they'd be great for struggling students!

Chad Warner

The best introductory book on HTML and CSS I’ve read so far. It focuses on (X)HTML and CSS, with a short chapter on graphics and barely a mention of scripting or other web topics. So it’s not as broad as Learning Web Design: A Beginner's Guide to HTML CSS Graphics and Beyond, but it covers things in much more depth, and I understood and retained more from this book. I credit the informal writing, cheesy pictures, “handwritten” explanatory notes, reader question sections, repetition, and visuals.The book is from late 2005 and somewhat dated, but the basics of HTML and CSS presented here are essentially the same as today. The explanations of floating and positioning, which can be confusing, are very clear and understandable.I flipped through several chapters before I encountered unknown material and had to slow down, so apparently I’ve actually learned something from my recent self-training in HTML and CSS!Font sizesSpecify the body font size with a keyword (such as small or medium), then specify all other font sizes as ems or percentages.Floating and positioningThe HTML for floated elements must be directly below the element you want them to float below. With absolute positioning, the order of the HTML doesn’t matter.The top and bottom adjacent margins of block elements collapse to the size of the larger margin.Floated elements are removed from normal flow and placed to the left or right.Block elements ignore floated elements, but the inline elements flow around them.Absolutely positioned elements are positioned relative to their containing element (the sides of the page, if not nested). They can be layered using a z-index.Fixed position elements are positioned relative to the browser window and don’t move when the page is scrolled.Relatively positioned elements are flowed into the page, then offset to leave the space they would have occupied empty.

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.

Sondra Willhite

Finally, a highly-readable tech tutorial! It helps that head first series includes an explanation of the presentation decisions they've made in their preface, and reading this has made me re-think my snobbery regarding the for-dummies series. Although I do think Head First has done a much better job at achieving a conversant style without the cost of patronizing. This is really a book for beginners, particularly those without any computer science or tech background, but I still found it quite useful even though I'm coming in with both, especially given that it is such a quick read (took me about a week). Also, the book is slightly dated, as it references HTML 4.01, and not HTML5, but this is still a great resource for those new to html/css. You can get the basics here, then jump onto w3schools to fill in the blanks for the changes in the new standard.


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.


I bought this book after many failed attempts at building my website with paid and free builders that are offered online. It came down to me needing to have my website up and running at the end of 14 days. I got through this book in five and build my website by hand coding in split view within dreamweaver. Met my deadline and was very happy with the result. By the way I had no prior experience coding at all before this book. Absolutely fantastic. I have since gone on to other books in the Head First Series and they are all on par with this one.


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.


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


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.

Rohit Gupta

It teaches you HTML like no one else. This books is more towards XHTML than HTML 5 as WWW was inclined towards XHTML at that time. A new version of this book is coming which references HTML 5 instead of XHTML. A complete book on HTML 5 exists too.Always been a fan of HeadFirst Series, if you want to go in unfamiliar territories. Build my first website just reading this book.

Paul Deveaux

This is a great first book for someone new to web development. The unique writing style is geared toward you actually learning the material. This book is the antithesis of a dry, technical tome that will put you to sleep. Lots of exercises and comical illustrations help to keep you engaged with the topic and also aid retention. The weakness is that you will eventually need other resources - but they tell you that right there on the book. Overall a unique and very effective take on a complex subject.

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.

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