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: #14256 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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172 of 176 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.

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful.
5Excellent intro to HTML, CSS, Javascript AND Best introduction to programming book
By Shankar Saikia
I loved reading this book. It is easily the most "fun" "how to program"-type of book that I have read. I heard about this book on Quora. The book provides a very entertaining, easy-to-read and easy-to-understand style and will make (or at least made) me go back to it multiple times, just to re-read sections. This is the first book that I would offer to anyone that wants to learn to program. Why? Because I believe that this is the only book that makes learning how to program fun. Another reason is that every software program, especially the ones that a beginner will be able to relate to, should start with a "here's what the screen or screens should look like" section. And so, a great way to code those screens would be to start with basic HTML, then add CSS, and finally add a bit of Javascript.

Dear author,
Please write similar books on:
- How To Program in Python
- How To Program in Java

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful.
4Good introduction to web design
By Nathan
I'm working through this book now having had it for a few months. Overall, it's presented well towards me as somewhat familiar with programming. If you've never dabbled in programming or design before, it's not bad either, but it definitely moves quickly. There are occasionally a few parts that feel like they might be out of date, but there are also tons of sections that have obviously been updated since the previous incarnation was published. Her style of writing is friendly and colloquial, I've enjoyed reading it so far both academically and somewhat as a pleasurable activity. I would say that the activities are easy and also help you stretch your abilities a bit, however they are not that challenging.

At the end of the day, it's (so far!) a great introduction to web design including touching on HTML, CSS and (hopefully soon) a bit of Javascript.

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