HTML, XHTML, and CSS (Visual Quickstart Guide)

ISBN: 0321430840
ISBN 13: 9780321430847
By: Elizabeth Castro

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Need to learn HTML fast? This bestselling reference's visual format and step-by-step, task-based instructions will have readers up and running in no time. Web expert and bestselling author Castro uses crystal-clear instructions and friendly prose to introduce all of today's HTML and XHTML essentials.

Reader's Thoughts


For $5 at the local Value Village, how could I pass it up?


didn't read the whole thing, but a really helpful book. have used it as a reference many times.


Textbook for class. Very nice, lots of great visuals, step by step instructions for markup.


Great book if you want to build your own website...very detailed...easy to learn.


Great starting point for anyone who wants a basic understanding of encoding HTML.

Michele White

Good resource for getting you started coding in HTML, XHTML and CSS. We used it to teach ourselves enough code to manage our organization's website and HTML mailings and it did the trick. We now keep it to refresh our memories or help us troubleshoot when issues arise.


Great for beginners! Learned a lot in a short time. Great for skimming and has online support! awesome find! :o)


was a little outdated. only used it for the quizzes, otherwise just searched around sites i knew for what i needed.


This was the textbook for a class on HTML, CSS, and a little JavaScript that I'm finishing up. The book did a good job of serving that purpose for me. Each topic covered is broken down into only a couple of pages with illustrated examples on every page so it is easy to read about what you want efficiently. Also, the website that supplements the book and contains code for all of the examples in the book was very useful.I borrowed this book from the public library for use during the class and to see if I thought it was worth buying for future use. While it was good for learning new stuff (especially with the online examples), I probably won't buy a copy. It is not bad for reference purposes, but I've found the online resource at better for that as W3Schools is more complete. To be fair to the book, I assume Castro did not intended it to be as complete as a reference book/site would be at the risk of confusing a reader who is new to the material. However, now that I am not new to the material, I prefer a more complete reference.


I've returned to this book over and over again since the semester it was assigned for quick refreshers on how to do something, color choice codes, or how to change something through coding that I can't do the "easy" way. This is a book I will keep for a long time!

Rob Mcbride

An excellent extension of her earlier HTML for the World Wide Web (see my review of that book).

Jadetyger Sevea

This is the 5th edition of this book


A little over a year ago, my job situation changed slightly as I moved from one capacity into that of the local website manager for our company. I wasn't in charge of any actual coding, just putting the Wordpress CMS to work and helping to build images and content for the site. I decided at some point that using Wordpress wasn't going to be good enough; I wanted to know how the gears worked. Under recommendation from a friend, I picked up a copy of "PHP 6 and MYSQL 5" by Larry Ulman and dug in. Then I realized I was going to need some HTML/CSS first, so I grabbed "HTML, XHTML, and CSS" by Elisabeth Castro. And dove into that one instead.As a relative newbie to web development via code, I thought the book did a great job of walking me through the basic concepts and giving me the syntax needed to make everything work. It explains the differences betweeen plain HTML and XHTML, the reasons for using the latter, and a good intro to CSS and it's benefits over the older forms of style markup.The problem I had with the book may just be chalked up to my learning style. While she printed plenty of examples and allowed you to download those examples from her site, that didn't really help me. I could have typed out every example, but then I'd be left with a jumble of random pages. In comparison, as I'm starting "PHP 6..." I've found the examples to be more instructional; they provide a good walkthrough and well labeled files that you build upon as you go through the book. I guess I would've rather the book walked me through building a basic site, so that when I reached the end, I had a large completed project I could look at and be proud, while having learned something at the same time.In regards to reference, I think it's great. I know I'm going to be coming back to it again and again as I track down a variety of HTML and CSS elements, or just need to use the large color board in the back. If you're after a good reference for HTML and CSS basics, check this book out. But if you're looking for something to help you build a basic site while learning to do so, or that helps you build something and pick it apart to see exactly why it works, this one might not be for you.

Dave Huish



Love this book! Its very simple and easy to understand.

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