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: #4211 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

Most helpful customer reviews

171 of 175 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.

14 of 15 people found the following review helpful.
5Well-writen, pedagogically-sound text on creating web elements with HTML5 and CSS3
By Veriflan
The many 5-star reviews here by web design experts led me to choose this book to help build my website. But this is the viewpoint of a beginning web-builder, albeit someone who has had a lot of experience of learning from books. The book is NOT about user experience, the aesthetics of web design, search engine optimization, etc.. After a sprinkling of facts about the history, workings, and administration of the web in the first chapters, it is all about techniques of generating text and image content with HTML5 and CSS3. A couple of concluding chapters briefly introduce JavaScript. HTML5's role is proposed to be confined to structure or semantics (meaning), leaving all formatting to CSS (except, of course, some default text formatting, else text could not display in HTML alone). This is in contrast with earlier versions of HTML, where one was not discouraged from using as much HTML formatting as allowed before formatting with CSS.

Jennifer Robbins is a remarkable teacher. She anticipates the questions and misunderstandings some readers may have, and deals with them before they become obstacles. Although she calls this a beginner's book, she writes for aspiring web professionals, and her thoroughness reflects this intent. The exercises are well-designed, and the end-of-chapter questions helpful in determining if you really
"got it" (answers are in the back of the book). I like the many references to books and web articles extending the scope of her book; she seems well-informed on the cutting edge of web design. Her writing is clear, and difficult concepts are well-explained. Digital files of all the book's examples are available on O'Reilly's website. (I appreciate that O'Reilly does not require a code to download the files. Actually, it's a good marketing strategy, because a lot of people will buy O'Reilly's books when they find out how good all their stuff is!) I love this book!

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful.
5Start Here, THE book for HTML & CSS w/great JavaScript integration also!
By S. Lee
This should be the first book you go through on your journey through practicing web site development. I did not, and find myself re-defining the foundation I built my web site development methodology on. Do NOT let the fact that it is a 2012 (with first edition in 2001) make you think is is obsolete with all the modern tools like asp.net mvc in place! With the foundation in HTML, CSS and to some extent JavaScript presented here you will have a great knowledge foundation to both design the relatively static web sites that most of the web is, and have a solid jumping off point as you make sites more dynamic with the likes of asp.net (after you learn c# from Troelsens' 1600 page opus).

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