HTML and CSS: Design and Build Websites

HTML and CSS: Design and Build Websites
By Jon Duckett

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A full-color introduction to the basics of HTML and CSS from the publishers of Wrox! 

Every day, more and more people want to learn some HTML and CSS. Joining the professional web designers and programmers are new audiences who need to know a little bit of code at work (update a content management system or e-commerce store) and those who want to make their personal blogs more attractive. Many books teaching HTML and CSS are dry and only written for those who want to become programmers, which is why this book takes an entirely new approach.

  • Introduces HTML and CSS in a way that makes them accessible to everyone—hobbyists, students, and professionals—and it’s full-color throughout
  • Utilizes information graphics and lifestyle photography to explain the topics in a simple way that is engaging
  • Boasts a unique structure that allows you to progress through the chapters from beginning to end or just dip into topics of particular interest at your leisure

This educational book is one that you will enjoy picking up, reading, then referring back to. It will make you wish other technical topics were presented in such a simple, attractive and engaging way!

This book is also available as part of a set in hardcover - Web Design with HTML, CSS, JavaScript and jQuery, 9781119038634; and in softcover - Web Design with HTML, CSS, JavaScript and jQuery, 9781118907443.

Product Details

  • Amazon Sales Rank: #1114 in Books
  • Brand: Jon Duckett
  • Published on: 2011-11-08
  • Original language: English
  • Number of items: 1
  • Dimensions: 9.00" h x 1.10" w x 7.10" l, 2.60 pounds
  • Binding: Paperback
  • 490 pages


  • HTML CSS Design and Build Web Sites

Editorial Reviews Review

From the Author: Goals for this Book

Programming books can often look rather intimidating and uninspiring, but they do not need to be. We wanted to redesign the tech book and make it more accessible, relevant, and attractive to a whole new group of readers. The result is a book that feels more like a magazine and is enjoyable to flick through, and looks like it belongs in the graphic design section rather than the programming section of a bookstore.

  • Large info-graphics are used to help simplify new or complex concepts

  • Clean design and layout presents each topic on a new page for easy reference

  • Printed in full-color, using a vibrant palette to distinguish different types of code

  • Attractive code samples help you make beautiful web sites

This beautifully designed manual explains how to use HTML in a concise readable format...A wonderful resource. (.net, June 2012) A refreshing take on the subject. The title provides a great overview without feeling like a textbook. (Computer Arts, June 2012)

From the Back Cover

Whether you want to design and build websites from scratch or take more control over an existing site, this book will help you create attractive, user-friendly web content. We understand that code can be intimidating, but take a look inside and you will see how this guide differs from many traditional programming books.

Each page introduces a new topic in a simple, visual way with straightforward explanations accompanied by bite-sized code samples. You will also find practical help on how to organize and design the pages of your site so that you can create websites that look stunning and are easy to use. No previous experience needed.

This book is for

  • Web designers and programmers

  • Online editors and content editors

  • Marketing & e-commerce managers

  • Bloggers and hobbyists

You'll learn to Write

  • HTML and CSS3

  • Structure web pages and sites

  • Prepare images, audio, and video

  • Control typography and layout

Online support

  • Code examples available online at:

  • Plus video demos and tutorials

  • Bonus reference tools

Customer Reviews

Most helpful customer reviews

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful.
5Terrific basic book on HTML and CSS
By omniverous reader
Like the other Duckett book on Jquery, this book is a pleasure to read. Most technical books take some intestinal fortitude to slog through the boring parts, and reflect the geeky mentality of their authors. This book is actually pleasant -- what makes it unusual is the production quality -it has beautiful type-setting, has a liberal use of color, and the writing is clear. Of course, there is a problem with a book like this -- it lacks some of the comprehensiveness of more densely written tomes. Nevertheless, I am very pleased to have such a pleasant way to go over the basics. Sure, everything is available through google, but this book is a lot easier to deal with than a blog.

I bought the hard-cover binding version, after reading reviews saying that the paperback falls apart. The hard-cover is fine, although a bit heavy. This is not the kind of book you bring with you to read at a boring outdoor activity. It is just too heavy.

35 of 36 people found the following review helpful.
5Well made, Great Information and Great execution!
By Frank
I have dabbled with HTML and CSS for a while but this book is what really helped me to grasp the harder concepts and to pad my knowledge. The book is meant mostly for beginner though, so if you are already fluent then this might not be for you. Still it could be a nice reference for you. The book starts easy and takes each concept step by step in order to make it as easy as possible for you to learn the content, contains examples almost every page that you can try yourself and tinker with to your hearts content. The author does a great job of getting information across while adding in repetition so that it sticks in your brain. Well made book that I would recommend anyone who is starting out with website building/design, by the time you are done reading it you will have a website up and running. Great product, and great stepping stone to a deeper understanding of web design and development.

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful.
5Good book for website creation
By Vero
I use this book with in combination with "Styling with CSS book"; It is very helpful when you want to create or update your website. Great book to read if you want to do programming creating your website.
Very well explained, easy to access, very good product.

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