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Books on X/HTML & CSS

Over the past couple of weeks I’ve been looking over a number of books designed to teach X/HTML & CSS. It’s a bit overwhelming knowing where to begin with all the versions and types of web coding. I landed on a book that I really enjoyed: Head First HTML with CSS & XHTML. Of the books I looked at, this one was by far the most engaging book on the subject.
Most of the reasons why the book was so interesting are also principles of good design:

  1. It is highly visual. Good images are more memorable than just words and make it easier to learn and understand concepts.
  2. Explanatory words are placed right alongside illustrations, rather than referenced elsewhere. It was very easy, for example, to look through code samples that were annotated line by line.
  3. Concepts are presented in multiple ways to accommodate different learning styles.
  4. Appeals to the emotional desire to have fun while learning are incorporated, through humor, fun games and realistic exercises.
I highly recommend this book for anyone interested in understanding more about the topic. You won’t finish the book ready to go straight to Dreamweaver and whip up a complex web site, but you’ll definitely know enough to be able to understand what’s going on under the presentation layer hood for most web interfaces.


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Molly Malsam

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