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Mastering Integrated HTML and CSS

ISBN: 978-0-470-14793-1
600 pages
May 2007
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This unique approach to learning HTML and CSS simultaneously shows you how to save time and be more productive by learning to structure your (X) HTML content for best effect with CSS styles. You’ll discover how to create websites that are accessible to the widest range of visitors, build CSS for print and handheld devices, and work with a variety of CSS-based layouts. Using the latest standards, best practices, and real-world examples, this book offers you with a thorough grounding in the basics and also includes advanced techniques.
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Introduction.

Chapter 1: How to Write XHTML and CSS.

Chapter 2: Location, Location. Where to Put a Style.

Chapter 3: Page Basics. DOCTYPE, Head, Body, and Body Styles.

Chapter 4: Headings and Heading Styles.

Chapter 5: Page Divisions. div for Structure and Layout.

Chapter 6: Paragraph and Text Styles.

Chapter 7: Links and Link Styles.

Chapter 8: Multimedia, Images, and Image Styles.

Chapter 9: Lists and List Styles.

Chapter 10: Tables and Table Styles.

Chapter 11: Forms and Form Styles.

Chapter 12: Publishing and Testing Your Pages.

Chapter 13: CSS for Weblogs.

Chapter 14: Design Basics.

Chapter 15: XHTML and CSS for Handhelds.

Chapter 16: Writing CSS with Dreamweaver 8.

Appendix: The Bottom Line.

Glossary.

Index.

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Virginia DeBolt grew up in southern Colorado, where her father often took her fishing and hunting. She can still walk off with a teddy bear from the shooting gallery at the fair. After receiving her college degrees, she taught in public schools in Colorado and New Mexico. Her first computer was a Commodore 64. The schools were using Apple IIe computers and Virginia quickly became the “computer person” in the school.
Her first four books were written to teach writing using cooperative learning and are still in print and selling well. She graduated to a blazingly fast 8 MHz Mac Classic to celebrate her status as a working writer.
In the mid-1990s, she moved to Texas and took some classes with the notion of finding work as a technical writer. One class was in HTML, and Virginia’s life was never the same after that. HTML took over her thoughts, dreams, conversation, time, and energy. Soon she had a contract tech writing job by day, and a part time gig teaching HTML at the community college by night. The dining room of her home was filled with office tables and a web of wires between two Macs, two Windows boxes, assorted scanners, printers, and Zip drives. In the free time between her two jobs, she was making web sites for fun.
The HTML teaching job sent her searching in places like SXSW Interactive conferences for answers and ideas. But what she heard in the conference halls and what she saw in the books that were available to teach HTML and Dreamweaver were 180 degrees apart. In 2001, she started writing reviews of these books on her blog at www.webteacher.ws.
The Web Teacher blog brought her to the attention of computer book publishers. After contributing to books written by other people, she decided to write her own book to promote her theory that HTML and CSS should be taught as integrated skills, not as two distinct and separate ideas. The first book was Integrated HTML and CSS: A Smarter, Faster Way to Learn (Wiley, 2004). The second is the one you hold in your hand now.
Oh, her latest computer? There’s just one. A Mac laptop that needs almost no wires strung about and does Windows on demand.
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  • Unique, integrated approach: Learn HTML and CSS simultaneously. Every other book teaches HTML first, then CSS—a method that forces readers to unlearn HTML styling practices. Teaching readers to include CSS hooks in HTML markup right from the start is a major advantage that saves time and boosts productivity.
  • Expert author: Virginia DeBolt is a college instructor in web design and is able to pefectly organize and pace instruction for all levels of web programmers and designers. She is also a web designer and maintains the Web Teacher blog.
  • Complete web design package: The insert demonstrates how to design and implement color web page elements, and the companion disk is full of sample site materials, Style Me test pages, and bonus software.
  • Standards-based: This book teaches the latest standards published by the World Wide Web Consortium.
  • Classroom-ready: Courseware organization and instructor support materials also make this the perfect CSS textbook.
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