This text is required for an online course I'm taking through the local technical college. The exercises within each unit have you build 5 different Web sites, which you add to/modify as you work through the book. This method helps reinforce memorization of the various HTML tags one needs to learn in order to develop a basic site.
Although the text is comprehensive in introducing you to the various tags, the steps outlined in the exercises are confusing in how they are presented which makes it hard to follow along. The content could have been more streamlined and the steps broken out in a more reader-friendly manner. Be prepared to spend an average of 5-8 hours to complete a unit. Not so much because they're complicated, but because you have to read each step a few times to verify you understand what it's asking you to do!
Additionally, the "illustrated complete" title leads you think you'll be seeing a great deal of screen shots or images of code or completed pages, but there's not nearly enough to allow you to compare your work against.
With a copyright date of 2007, this book references HTML tags that have been deprecated by the W3C and aren't recognized by Firefox, Safari, etc. If you don't use/have an IE browser (which still recognizes most of the older tags) you'll have a hard time viewing some of the code on a live site.
As a student, I didn't have a choice in purchasing this textbook for my class, but if I were looking to self-instruct on HTML, this would not be my text of choice.
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