- Paperback: 700 pages
- Publisher: O'Reilly Media, Inc, USA; 5th ed. edition (25 May 2018)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1491960205
- ISBN-13: 978-1491960202
- Product Dimensions: 20.3 x 3 x 24.4 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 1.8 Kg
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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.
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The web has been around for more than 25 years now, experiencing euphoric early expansion, an economic-driven bust, an innovation-driven rebirth, and constant evolution along the way. One thing is certain: the web as a communication and commercial medium is here to stay. Not only that, it has found its way onto devices such as smartphones, tablets, TVs, and more. There have never been more opportunities to put web design know-how to use.
Whatever the motivation, the first question is always the same: “Where do I start?” It may seem like there is a mountain of stuff to learn, and it’s not easy to know where to jump in. But you have to start somewhere.
You’ll begin from square one, learning how the web and web pages work, then steadily build from there. Along the way, there are hands-on exercises and short quizzes to make sure you understand key concepts. By the end of the book, you’ll have the skills to create a simple multi-column site that works on all screen sizes.
Learning Web Design, Fifth Edition, is divided into six parts, each dealing with an important aspect of web development.
Coverage, and updates in the 5th Edition
- 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
- Create and optimize web images so they’ll download as quickly as possible
Part I: Getting Started
Part I lays a foundation for everything that follows in the book. I start off with some important general information about the web design environment, including the various roles you might play, the technologies you might learn, and tools that are available to you. You’ll get your feet wet right away with HTML and CSS and learn how the web and web pages generally work. I’ll also introduce you to some Big Concepts that get you thinking in the same way that modern web designers think about their craft.
Part II: HTML for Structure
The chapters in Part II cover the nitty-gritty of every element and attribute available to give content semantic structure. We’ll cover the markup for text, links, images, tables, forms, and embedded media.
Part III: CSS for Presentation
In the course of Part III, you’ll go from learning the basics of Cascading Style Sheets for changing the presentation of text to creating multicolumn layouts and even adding time-based animation and interactivity to the page. It provides an introduction to Responsive Web Design, as well as the tools and techniques that are part of the modern developer’s workflow.
New topic coverage in the 5th Edition
- CSS Flexbox and Grid Layout for sophisticated and flexible page layout
- Responsive Web Design to make web pages work great on all screen sizes
- An introduction to the command line, Git, and other modern web developer tools
- A new chapter on SVG and how to use it in responsive layouts
Part V: Web Images
Part V introduces the various image file formats that are appropriate for the web, provides strategies for choosing them as part of a responsive workflow, and describes how to optimize them to make their file size as small as possible. It also includes a chapter on SVG graphics, which offer great advantages for responsive and interaction design.
Part VI: Appendices
Part VI holds reference material such as test answers, lists of HTML global attributes and CSS Selectors, and a look at HTML5 and its history.
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This book is also a very handy reference. The color coding of the pages for the various sections makes it so that you can quickly get to what you're you're looking for. Even though it's geared toward beginners, the author doesn't shy away from advanced topics - helping readers understand how they relate to what they're learning and pointing readers in the right direction if they're interested in digging more deeply into advanced topics.
Ignore the 1 Star review where the guy said his wife didn't learn anything. Completely bogus review.
In other words, it doesn't teach you to build a functional website (other than a very basic HTML page that takes 5 mins).
It teaches you to make one prettier. I already have half a dozen CSS books.
After five chapters and not really learning anything new, I perused the remainder of the book and returned it.
Granted I have over a decade of web design and programming experience but haven't done it in a long time.
The new generation who are calling themselves web designers are not really web designers. :(
Excellent for beginners or people that are far more advanced.