This E-Book is made for the beginning web designers and developers. It's not only about web design, but it also shows which techniques can be used to achieve this goal technically. So be prepared to use your programming skills.
This is the third edition of Learning Web Design! When I first started writing it, I figured, â€œItâ€™s just an update... Iâ€™ll just make a few tweaks and it will be done in a jiffy.â€ I couldnâ€™t have been more wrong. As it turns out,
pretty much everything about web design changed since I wrote the second edition four years ago. Most significantly, web designers as well as browser developers are finally abiding by the standards for writing and styling web pages set forth by the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C). Youâ€™ll learn a lot more about these standards throughout the book.
What it means is that using HTML markup for visual effects is outâ€”HTML for describing the meaning and structure of content is in. Table-based layouts are outâ€”style sheet-driven layouts are in. And the font element, spacer GIFs, and other clever hacks of the past... forget about it! Theyâ€™re all history.
This edition has been completely rewritten to be in compliance with the standards and modern web design practices. The markup chapters emphasize using HTML to describe your content accurately, not as a tool for formatting the appearance of text. And now you will find seven chapters on Cascading Style Sheets (CSS), where the second edition had just one.
But like the first two editions, this book addresses the specific needs and concerns of beginners of all backgrounds, including seasoned graphic designers, programmers looking for a more creative outlet, office assistants, recent college graduates, work-at-home moms, and anyone else wanting to learn how to design web sites. Iâ€™ve done my best to put the experience of sitting in my beginner web design class into a book, with exercises and tests along the way, so you get hands-on experience and can check your progress.
I start at square one, with answers to common beginner questions and an explanation of how the Web works. By the end of the book, youâ€™ll have the skills necessary to create multicolumn CSS layouts with optimized graphic files, and youâ€™ll know how to get them on the Web. You can start at the very beginning, or feel free to jump in at any point.