HTML: A Beginner's Guide

The book is divided into three parts: HTML Basics, Beyond HTML and HTML Resources. HTML Basics covers the fundamentals about Web page design such as what HTML is and how to edit it, along with basic page structure and formatting text. Also included in part one are short chapters on links, images and multimedia as well as longer chapters on tables, positioning elements on a page using frames, dividing a page into sections, and creating forms.

The format of each chapter is much the same. In addition to the standard text paragraphs there are "notes" that explain important concepts and "hints" that outline better ways to practise Web page creation. Many sub-headings contain numbered lists that walk you through tasks such as formatting paragraphs and creating a basic frameset. There are plenty of pictures with arrows pointing from boxed explanations of HTML syntax. This feature is particularly useful to a reader who is learning to make the connection between the rendered Web page and the underlying text code.

The second part of the book, Beyond HTML, discusses topics that add more to a Web page than HTML alone can, such as creating Web graphics, JavaScript and Cascading Style Sheets. Lastly, the HTML Resources section is more like an appendix and includes an HTML reference table, special character reference and frequently asked questions.

Overall, HTML: A Beginners Guide has all the makings of a useful companion to learning the ways of the Web. Someone who is already familiar with HTML basics would certainly want to go for a more technical reference.

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