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 There is a wealth of HTML editing products on the market. Here is our guide to some we have used

Beginners HTML Textbooks
Reference/Advanced HTML books
Site Design books


The Complete Idiot's Guide to creating an Web Page by Paul McFedries


The Complete Idiot's Guide to creating an Web Page. Click to buy from

(UK readers click here)

McFedries has along history of writing great introductory HTML guides and his latest one is no different.

It is a superb guide for novice to intermediate webmasters. It begins with basic tutorials which show you step by step how to create a simple site before graduating on to cover frames styles sheets etc. It then moves on to outline JavaScripting and Style sheets

The book guide you through creating a website primarily by using HTML but also by other methods too. It will cover all the beginner needs to know on how to create and publish your webpage (yup even has a good section on FTP) but goes on to explore style sheets and JavaScript. It is essentially an update of his prior editions so although containing more info, it means things are slightly briefer dealt with.

On top of that you get a free CD with tools & resources

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HTML & XHTML: The Definitive guide by C. Musicano and B. Kennedy




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Like its predecessor (HTML: The Definative Guide) it covers ever HTML tag and attribute in detail. It also ends with a section on XHTML. On the way it also covers how to add XML and JavaScript etc.

It is no beginners book as it would be a bit of a slog to read cover to cover and where examples are given, they are a bit basic. It also rather annoyingly has references to the XHTML section right through (much better to learn HTML then add in XHTML)

However it is an excellent reference tool and covers all you need to know. Good for the more experienced webmaster

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HTML Pocket Reference By Jennifer Nieders



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This book is essential an alphabetical list of all major tags both in W3C HTML v 4.0 standard and the browser specific ones. Each entry explains the tag briefly and indicates the major attribute

This is a very useful compact pocket reference book if you understand HTML. However it is not a guide to using HTML and is really meant for those of you who want a small inexpensive reference tool around.

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Using HTML 4 (4th Edition) Lee Anne Philips


Using HTML 4.0

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This book aims at the middle market. It sits between tutorial and reference tool

Clearly and logically laid out with good use of screen shots. It goes on to cover things like Scripts, Layers as well as page design elements. Its appendices have lists to HTML tags, .css properties(inc. browser support), entities, good colour guide

Its problem is that it can be bit longwinded. It also is a slave to HTML and insists on putting every attribute into tags (such as longdesc which isn't even exploited by today's browsers). It doesn't deal with multimedia well (the coding suggested frankly often doesn't work)

Overall would suite someone either with a bit of computer knowledge wanting to learn HTML or for someone who has some basic experience. But there are more concise or detailed books out there

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Web Style Guide P.J Lynch & Sarah Horton


Web Style Guide

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Bit ambivalent about this one. Essentially it is the hard copy of the Yale style guide site which is one of the best recognised guides to site design. Your hard earn money will buy you effectively a 161 page paper back of that with illustrations.


Much of the advice is superb and indispensable. The reading isn't for beginners though and the book becomes over laboured for its size on Graphic types

Handy for reference but does it tell you anymore than its site does for free. It'll make sure you're site is well structured and easy to use but it won't teach you cool tricks

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Web Design in a Nutshell
Creating Killer Websites
Practical Web Page Design



Sams Teach Yourself JavaScript in 24 Hours Michael Moncur (now 2nd ed)




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Note We reviewed the first edition (links here to the second)

This book represents good introduction to JavaScript for the novice. It is divided into 24 tutorial Chapters and gives a quiz and practical challenges at the end of each chapter.

It is easy to follow and a great introduction, but a experienced programmer would find it limited (it's no reference tool

There is no appendix of note indexing of command and no answers to the puzzles in the book. There are a few typos but the author details these at his web site (1st Ed)

Overall superb

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JavaScript Bible
JavaScript Goodies
JavaScript Unleashed
JavaScript : The Definitive Guide

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Complete Idiot's Guide to Java 2 Michael Morrison




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(Note Our review is based on the Java 1.2 version of the book)

After our experience with The complete idiots guide to creating a webpage (see above). We were looking forward to this one. Sadly we were pretty disappointed.

Firstly to use it you need to down load the massive Java Developer's Kit (JDK) from Sun. Although this is free it tied up our PC's 56K modem for well over an hour. Sun allow others to distribute this so why couldn't they have given us a CD like their HTML book

We didn't find the writing style helpful writing and at times it could be long between examples

However the book is well laid out and may appeal to some

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Java in a Nutshell
Beginning Java 2.0
Teach Yourself Java 2.0 in 24 hours




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