Customer Reviews of HTML for the World Wide Web (Visual QuickStart Guides)
First of all, many books go into way too much detail in explaining the concepts of HTML. Most of the material in the thousand-pagers are useless. Ms. Castro cuts to the chase, presenting brief and accurate explainations of HTML tags, style sheets, and the creation and use of images that work on the web. The only other book on HTML that I've purchased in the past were the "for Dummies" volumes a few years ago. I put them down shortly after being bored to tears and severly discouraged. HTML seemed like a vast subject. In fact, it's the easiest language (if you can call it that)to learn on a computer. ANYBODY can write HTML code and Ms. Castro proves it in this book. A wealth of examples is provided on her website for each chapter. Don't miss out on this. WYSIWYG web site programs are nice. But, the real control comes from coding the HTML (with a WYSIWYG editor if you wish). You can do it. This is the book to get. Note to WordPerfect users: if you've ever used the Reveal Codes command in WordPerfect (I used ver 5.2 long ago), then HTML will come easily for you.
I read this book cover to cover the first night I had it at home. It spoke to me as a student, not a lowly, uncapable wannabe. The next day I sat in front of my computer and followed along step by step. I COULD DO IT!
I have no programming background, and came to the computer after the cumbersome DOS word processing programs. Even so, I gave up the GUI for lines of code and was pretty impressed with this simple language. I keep the book close at hand, though I've learned most of the coding. There is a great hexadecimal color chart in the back which is always a life saver.
If you're afraid of HTML, use this book--its light--in reading and weight--and not overwhelming.
Give yourself time and patience and you will build your own self-confidence while you learn.
High price does not always mean good content.
There are so many computer books about learning HTML available, most cost $30 or more and are prohibitively HUGE and imposing. If you break down (or save up) and buy one, chances are great that you will be disappointed. That's because if you are unfamiliar with the subject, picking a "good" book about it can be nearly impossible. You can save yourself time, money, anxiety and backstrain by picking up Elizabeth Castro's Visual Quickstart Guide: HTML for the World Wide Web. Don't let the fact that it is cheaper and smaller than many titles offered fool you into thinking it is inferior. This is FAR from the truth. It is exactly what the novice to HTML programming needs. A text that covers the basics without drowning them in tech-speak designed to impress. You will be able to pick it up and really read it. And this is the secret, it's readability. You will be able to understand what she is describing and put it into action yourself! Do yourself a favor, start your collection with this book or add it to yours now...you won't regret it
Elizabeth Castro's clear and concise book is an absolute must for HTML beginners. Seasoned web page designers will also find it useful as a quick reference guide.
Everything a beginner needs to create excellent web pages is included. Elizabeth tells you:
All about the HTML tags needed to produce pages that most 'readers' will find visually appealing.
How Netscape and Internet Explorer differ and how they will display your page.
Information about other HTML tags outside the 3.2 HTML standard.
Great tips on images and colours including a fold out colour chart.
Tips on how to test your page, including taking into account those 'readers' who do not have all the latest software.
However, one of the key features of this book is how well Elizabeth and Peachpit Press have organised its layout. The pictures on each page are small but very readable and they add so much to the usefulness and enjoyment of this book. I wish more books would do this. The other plus is the size of this book. It is very portable and I now take it everywhere - well .......
So, well done Elizabeth and Peachpit Press, I look forward to other titles.
To everybody else, get out (or dial in) and buy this book - I'm glad I did - and no, I am not on commission, related to the author or awaiting the publisher's feedback for MY book!