Head First HTML with CSS and XHTML

ISBN-10: 059610197X

ISBN-13: 9780596101978

Edition: 2005

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Tired of reading HTML books that only make sense after you're an expert? Then it's about time you picked up "Head First HTML With CSS & XHTML and really learned HTML. You want to learn HTML so you can finally create those Web pages you've always wanted, so you can communicate more effectively with friends, family, fans and fanatic customers. You also want to do it right so you can actually maintain and expand your Web pages over time, and so your Web pages work in all the browsers and mobile devices out there. Oh, and if you've never heard of CSS, that's okay - we won't tell anyone you're still partying like it's 1999 - but if you're going to create Web pages in the 21st century then you'll want to know and understand CSS. Learn the real secrets of creating Web pages, and why everything your boss told you about HTML tables is probably wrong (and what to do instead). Most importantly, hold your own with your co-worker (and impress cocktail party guests) when he casually mentions how his HTML is now strict, and his CSS is in an external style sheet. With "Head First HTML With CSS & XHTML, you'll avoid the embarrassment of thinking Web-safe colors still matter, and the foolishness of slipping a font tag into your pages. Best of all, you'll learn HTML and CSS in a way that won't put you to sleep. If you've read a Head First book, you know what to expect: a visually-rich format designed for the way your brain works. Using the latest research in neurobiology, cognitive science, and learning theory, this book will load HTML, CSS, and XHTML into your brain in a way that sticks. So what are you waiting for? Leave those other dusty books behind and come join us inWebville. Your tour is about to begin.
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List price: $39.99
Copyright year: 2005
Publisher: O'Reilly Media, Incorporated
Publication date: 12/18/2005
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 704
Size: 7.75" wide x 9.25" long x 1.50" tall
Weight: 3.344
Language: English

Elisabeth Robson is co-founder of Wickedly Smart, an education company devoted to helping customers gain mastery in web technologies. She’s co-author of three bestselling books, Head First Design Patterns, Head First HTML with CSS & XHTML and Head First HTML5 Programming.

Who is this book for?
We know what your brain is thinking
Bend your brain into submission
Technical reviewers
The Language of the Web: getting to know HTML
The Web killed the video star
What does the Web server do?
What you write (the HTML)...
What the browser creates...
Your big break at Starbuzz Coffee
Creating the Starbuzz Web page
Creating an HTML file (Mac)
Creating an HTML file (Windows)
Meanwhile, back at Starbuzz Coffee...
Opening your Web page in a browser
Taking your page for a test drive...
Tags dissected...
Meet the style element
Giving Starbuzz some style...
Who does what?
Fireside Chat
Bullet Points
Exercise Solutions
Meeting the 'HT' in HTML: going further, with hypertext
Head First Lounge, New and Improved
Creating the new lounge
What did we do?
What does the browser do?
Understanding attributes
Technical difficulties
Planning your paths...
Fixing those broken images...
Exercise Solutions
Web Page Construction: building blocks
From Journal to Web site, at 12mph
The rough design sketch
From a sketch to an outline
From the outline to a Web page
Test driving Tony's Web page
Meet the [left angle bracket]q[right angle bracket] element
Looooong Quotes
Adding a [left angle bracket]blockquote[right angle bracket]
The real truth behind the [left angle bracket]q[right angle bracket] and [left angle bracket]blockquote[right angle bracket] mystery
Use the [left angle bracket]p[right angle bracket] element to make a list...
Constructing HTML lists in two easy steps
Putting one element inside another is called "nesting"
To understand the nesting relationships, draw a picture
Using nesting to make sure your tags match
Inline or block?
Exercise Solutions
A Trip to Webville: getting connected
Getting Starbuzz (or yourself) onto the Web
Finding a hosting company
How can you get a domain name?
Moving in
Getting your files to the root folder
As much FTP as you can possibly fit in two pages
Back to business...
Mainstreet, URL
What is the HTTP Protocol?
What's an absolute path?
How default pages work
How do we link to other Web sites?
Linking to Caffeine Buzz
Web page fit and finish
Linking into a page
Using the [left angle bracket]a[right angle bracket] element to create a destination
How to link to destination anchors
Linking to a new window
Opening a new window using target
Exercise Solutions
Meeting the Media: adding images to your pages
How the browser works, with images
How images work
And now for the formal introduction: meet the [left angle bracket]img[right angle bracket] element
Always provide an alternative
Creating the ultimate fan site: myPod
Whoa! The image is way too large
Fixing up the myPod HTML
Reworking the site to use thumbnails
Turning the thumbnails into links
So, how do I make links out of images?
What format should we use?
To be transparent, or not to be transparent? That is the question...
Wait, what is the color of the Web page background?
Check out the logo with a matte
Add the logo to the myPod Web page
Exercise Solutions
Serious HTML: standards, compliance, and all that jazz
Cubicle Conversation
A brief history of HTML
We can't have your pages putting the browser into quirks mode
Adding the document type definition
Meet the W3C validator
Validating the Head First Lounge
Houston, we have a problem...
Adding a [left angle bracket]meta[right angle bracket] tag to specify the content type
Making the validator happy with a [left angle bracket]meta[right angle bracket] content tag...
Third time's the charm?
Changing the doctype to strict
Do we have validation?
Fixing the nesting problem
One more chance to be strict...
Strict HTML 4.01, grab the handbook
Fireside Chat
HTML Archeology
Exercise Solutions
Putting the 'X' into HTML: moving to XHTML
What is XML?
What does this have to do with HTML?
So why would you want to use XHTML?
The XHTML 1.0 checklist
Going from strict HTML to XHTML 1.0
Old school HTML 4.01 Strict
New and improved XHTML 1.0
Validation: it's not just for HTML
Fireside Chat
HTML or XHTML? The choice is yours...
Exercise Solutions
Adding a Little Style: getting started with CSS
You're not in Kansas anymore...
Overheard on Webville's "Trading Spaces"
Using CSS with XHTML
Let's put a line under the welcome message, too
Specifying a second rule, just for the [left angle bracket]h1[right angle bracket]
Getting the Lounge style into the elixirs and directions pages
Linking to the external style sheet
It's time to talk about your inheritance...
What if we move the font up the family tree?
Overriding inheritance
Creating a selector for the class
Taking classes further...
The world's smallest and fastest guide to how styles are applied
Who gets the inheritance?
Making sure the Lounge CSS validates
Exercise Solutions
Expanding your Vocabulary: styling with fonts and colors
Text and fonts from 30,000 feet
What is a font family anyway?
Specifying font families using CSS
Dusting off Tony's Journal
How do I deal with everyone having different fonts?
So, how should I specify my font sizes?
Let's make these changes to the font sizes in Tony's Web page
Changing a font's weight
Adding style to your fonts
Styling Tony's quotes with a little italic
How do Web colors work?
How do I specify Web colors? Let me count the ways...
The two minute guide to hex codes
How to find Web colors
Back to Tony's page...
Everything you ever wanted to know about text-decorations
Removing the underline...
Exercise Solutions
Getting Intimate with Elements: the box model
The lounge gets an upgrade
Starting with a few simple upgrades
Checking out the new line height
Getting ready for some major renovations
A closer look at the box model...
What you can do to boxes...
Creating the guarantee style
Padding, border, and margins for the guarantee
Adding some padding
Now let's add some margin
Adding a background image
Fixing the background image
How do you add padding only on the left?
How do you increase the margin just on the right?
A two-minute guide to borders
Border fit and finish
Interview with an HTML class
The id attribute
Using an id in the lounge
Remixing style sheets
Using multiple style sheets
Exercise Solutions
Advanced Web Construction: divs and spans
A close look at the elixirs HTML
Let's explore how we can divide a page into logical sections
Adding a border
An over-the-border test drive
Adding some real style to the elixirs section
The game plan
Working on the elixir width
Adding the basic styles to the elixirs
What we need is a way to select descendants
Changing the color of the elixir headings
Fixing the line height
It's time to take a little shortcut...
Adding [left angle bracket]span[right angle bracket]s in three easy steps
The [left angle bracket]a[right angle bracket] element and its multiple personalities
How can you style elements based on their state?
Putting those pseudo-classes to work
Isn't it about time we talk about the "cascade"?
The cascade
Welcome to the "What's my specificity game"
Putting it all together
Exercise Solutions
Arranging Elements: layout and positioning
Did you do the Super Brain Power?
Use the flow, Luke
What about inline elements?
How it all works together
How to float an element
Behind the scenes at the lounge
The new Starbuzz
Move the sidebar just below the header
Set the width of the sidebar and float it
Fixing the two-column problem
Setting the margin on the main section
Back to clearing up the overlap problem
Righty tighty, lefty loosey
Liquid and frozen designs
How absolute positioning works
Changing the Starbuzz CSS
One tradeoff you can make to fix the footer
Positioning the award
How does fixed positioning work?
Using a negative left property value
Getting relative
To three-columns and beyond...
Exercise Solutions
Getting Tabular: tables and lists
How do we make tables with HTML?
How to create a table using HTML
What the browser creates
Tables dissected...
Adding a caption and a summary
Before we start styling, let's get the table back into Tony's page...
Getting those borders to collapse
How about some color?
Tony made an interesting discovery...
Another look at Tony's table
How to tell cells to span more than one row
The new and improved table
Trouble in paradise?
Overriding the CSS for the nested table headings
Giving Tony's site the final polish
Exercise Solutions
Getting Interactive: XHTML forms
How forms work
How forms work in the browser
What you write in XHTML
What the browser creates
How the [left angle bracket]form[right angle bracket] element works
Getting ready to build the Bean Machine form
Adding the [left angle bracket]form[right angle bracket] element
How [left angle bracket]form[right angle bracket] element names work
Back to getting those [left angle bracket]input[right angle bracket] elements in your XHTML...
Adding some more input elements to your form
Adding the [left angle bracket]select[right angle bracket] element
Give the customer a choice of whole or ground beans
Punching the radio buttons
Completing the form
Adding the checkboxes and textarea
Watching GET in action
To Table or Not to Table? That's the question...
Getting the form elements into a table
Styling the form and the table with CSS
Exercise Solutions
The Top Ten Topics (we didn't cover): leftovers
More Selectors
Multimedia & Flash
Tools for Creating Web Pages
Client-side Scripting
Server-side Scripting
Tuning for Search Engines
More about Style Sheets for Printing
Pages for Mobile Devices
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