Learning Web Design: A Beginner's Guide to HTML, CSS, JavaScript, and Web Graphics

Learning Web Design: A Beginner's Guide to HTML, CSS, JavaScript, and Web Graphics
By Jennifer Niederst Robbins

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Do you want to build web pages, but have no previous experience? This friendly guide is the perfect place to start. You’ll begin at square one, learning how the Web and web pages work, and then steadily build from there. By the end of the book, you’ll have the skills to create a simple site with multi-column pages that adapt for mobile devices.

Learn how to use the latest techniques, best practices, and current web standards—including HTML5 and CSS3. Each chapter provides exercises to help you to learn various techniques, and short quizzes to make sure you understand key concepts.

This thoroughly revised edition is ideal for students and professionals of all backgrounds and skill levels, whether you’re a beginner or brushing up on existing skills.

  • Build HTML pages with text, links, images, tables, and forms
  • Use style sheets (CSS) for colors, backgrounds, formatting text, page layout, and even simple animation effects
  • Learn about the new HTML5 elements, APIs, and CSS3 properties that are changing what you can do with web pages
  • Make your pages display well on mobile devices by creating a responsive web design
  • Learn how JavaScript works—and why the language is so important in web design
  • Create and optimize web graphics so they’ll download as quickly as possible

Product Details

  • Amazon Sales Rank: #10671 in Books
  • Brand: O REILLY
  • Published on: 2012-08-24
  • Ingredients: Example Ingredients
  • Original language: English
  • Number of items: 1
  • Dimensions: 9.75" h x 1.33" w x 8.00" l, 3.06 pounds
  • Binding: Paperback
  • 624 pages



Editorial Reviews

About the Author

Jennifer Niederst Robbins was one of the first designers for the Web. As the designer of O'Reilly's Global Network Navigator (GNN), the first commercial web site, she has been designing for the Web since 1993. She is the author of the bestselling "Web Design in a Nutshell" (O'Reilly), and has taught web design at the Massachusetts College of Art in Boston and Johnson and Wales University in Providence. She has spoken at major design and Internet events including SXSW Interactive, Seybold Seminars, the GRAFILL conference (Geilo, Norway), and one of the first W3C International Expos.

Customer Reviews

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167 of 170 people found the following review helpful.
5Great Textbook & Reference
By Ann Foley
Oh, I love this book. If you're shopping for a beginning web design book, get this one first. You'll end up using it until it's dog-eared, and waiting eagerly for a new edition in a few years!

I teach introductory Web Page Design to design students at Madison College in Madison, WI. This is the textbook I require my students to buy.

Learning Web Design has a friendly style and great explanations of what web pages are, how they work and how to make them. It drills deeply into HTML, CSS and web images. And it touches on javascript and other topics you'll need to know if you continue to work in web design/development.

More important to me and my very visual students, the book is well designed (a rarity in books about web design/development). The page layout and images used make the book's information easier to understand and make the book fun to sit down and read.

Learning Web Design is a great tool for my students, and I'm sure it serves them as a great reference as they enter their careers.

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful.
5Compliments Online Learning
I use this to compliment treehouse and other online learning with the intent of starting a new career. Easy read with basic teaching examples. College style presentation that is more data/detail focused in contrast to Duckett "HTML, CSS, Javascript & Jquery"which is heavy on graphic design to assist learning ( I also purchased and gave 5 stars to the Duckett books).

Lots of exercises and code to replicate along with great lists and table of syntax to use as a quick reference when you are stuck or need assistance. Hits all the key concepts & skills to provide you with a solid foundation to build off. Great to use with online learning so that you don't need to take notes.

The only negative is that it is a little dated and best practices change quickly, so you learn the fundamentals which is great, but the real world would call your code ugly and probably laugh at you (but the code will work). Worry about the style later and learn the basics.

9 of 10 people found the following review helpful.
5Glad I read this Before Jumping into the free tutorials online!
By Amazon Customer
I have been on a path to teaching myself web design. (focusing on front-end for now) I haven't finished this book yet but I can say I am GLAD I read this before jumping to the abundant amount of tutorial options online.

When I discovered the depth of learning Web design I had already finished my Associates in liberial arts and was on my year break. A few friends told me about using the tutorials online but I was skeptical. So I searched through amazon and bought this text book. After reading most of it I finally decided to try the tutorials to get some various hands on practice. I used sites like Udemy, Codecademy, treehouse, and some youtube videos. What I notice was although it was really great practice it didn't really break down everything intellectually. Most of the the sites give you a gloos over of some things then instruct you on what to do next. Which was real "monkey" teaching in my perspective.

I felt if I hadn't read Jennifer's "learning Web design" I would be lost in understanding the concept of what I was doing. I was able to bridge gaps that weren't entirely explained on some of the sites because Jennifer takes the time to thoroughly break it down not only by terms,but detailed information on why certain processes are taken. Everything is then followed up by great examples (most are hands on) and a test section to further ensure you get the jist of what you just read.

I would definitely recommend this book to any beginner who is intimidated about where to start while being self taught.

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