You will find many books on the subject of HTML. If you are new to web design, you may find the process of choosing a book rather daunting. I have collected ten of the top HTML books and discussed why they are useful to beginning web designers.
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Head First HTML with CSS & XHTML
Most technical books are dry and boring. That is not the case with Head First HTML with CSS & XHTML. This book was written in a light and humorous style as it teaches you the ins and outs of basic HTML functions, along with some XHTML and CSS.
Both adults and young students can take advantage of this book not only because it is fun, but because there are exercises and quizzes at the end of every chapter that will help you retain what you have learned.
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Web Design in a Nutshell
Web Design in a Nutshell will present a variety of information concerning web design. To learn HTML and XHTML, focus on Chapters 8 through 15, as they will give you detailed descriptions of the elements and how they should be used to create professional quality websites.
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Creating a Website: The Missing Manual
Creating a Website: The Missing Manual describes HTML so that the beginner can not only understand it, but apply it in creating their own websites. This book also covers where to get hosting, how to get traffic to your website, how to integrate audio and more. If you have never built a website before, you might want to start with this book because it gives you a good foundation.
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Build Your Site the Right Way Using HTML & CSS
Build Your Site the Right Way Using HTML & CSS teaches beginners how to format each tag type (hyperlinks, headings, paragraphs and more) plus how to build a proper home page. This book will also teach you how to create tables, build forms, get your website online, how to use Blogger and how to use free tools to monitor your site’s performance.
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Learning Web Design
Learning Web Design will teach you how the Web and web pages work. You will also learn how to create a simple (X)HTML page, complete with links and images; how to optimize your pages so that the search engines will find them; how to get your pages on the Web via hosting, domain names and FTP; and more.
This book contains exercises which reinforce your learning.
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Web Design All-In-One for Dummies
Book Four will teach you how to test and validate your site. Book Five will help you get your site online and keep it current.
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Web Design: A Beginner’s Guide Second Edition
You will also learn how to bring more traffic to your website via search engine optimization (SEO), email design and online advertising.
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CSS and HTML Web Design
CSS and HTML Web Design will teach you more than the rudimentary basics of HTML and CSS. It will teach you how to build a website from the ground up, including typography, images, navigation, tables, layouts, forms and feedback. You will also learn about browser quirks, hacks and bugs.
This book covers the standards of the most popular browsers, including Internet Explorer 7 and Firefox 2.
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Sams Teach Yourself HTML and CSS in 24 Hours
Sams Teach Yourself HTML and CSS in 24 Hours contains 24 lessons of one hour or less that will teach you how to use HTML and CSS to design, create and maintain professional websites. Each lesson builds upon the previous lesson so that you can learn HTML and CSS from the ground up.
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HTML, XHTML & CSS Sixth Edition
HTML, XHTML & CSS Sixth Edition will teach you how to learn HTML fast, thanks to the visual, step-by-step instructions. You will not only become an expert in HTML markup, but you will also learn how to test and debug your site and publish it to the web.
A companion website is available if you need examples, updates or to talk to someone, offering a great starting place for anyone who feels ready to start coding!
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