Head First HTML and CSS | WickedlySmart

We are happy to announce that the Second Edition of our book, Head First HTML and CSS arrived August 27, 2012, and is available for order on Amazon.com now. Renamed from Head First HTML with CSS & XHTML, the Second Edition drops the XHTML and focuses on HTML5. While much of the material is the same, there are small changes throughout the book that reflect updates in technology since the first edition from 2005 (has it really been that long?!). The chapter on XHTML is gone, and replaced by a whole new chapter that covers some of the new elements in HTML5, including <section>, <article>, <nav> and <video>.

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Tired of reading HTML books that only make sense after you’re an expert? Then it’s about time you picked up Head First HTML and CSS and really learned HTML. You want to learn HTML so you can finally create those web pages you’ve always wanted, so you can communicate more effectively with friends, family, fans, and fanatic customers. You also want to do it right so you can actually maintain and expand your Web pages over time, and so your web pages work in all the browsers and mobile devices out there. Oh, and if you’ve never heard of CSS, that’s okay – we won’t tell anyone you’re still partying like it’s 1999 – but if you’re going to create web pages in the 21st century then you’ll want to know and understand CSS.

Learn the real secrets of creating Web pages, and why everything your boss told you about HTML tables is probably wrong (and what to do instead). Most importantly, hold your own with your co-worker (and impress cocktail party guests) when he casually mentions how his HTML is now strict, and his CSS is in an external style sheet.

With Head First HTML and CSS, you’ll avoid the embarrassment of thinking web-safe colors still matter, and the foolishness of slipping a font tag into your pages. Best of all, you’ll learn HTML and CSS in a way that won’t put you to sleep. If you’ve read a Head First book, you know what to expect: a visually-rich format designed for the way your brain works. Using the latest research in neurobiology, cognitive science, and learning theory, this book will load HTML and CSS into your brain in a way that sticks.

So what are you waiting for? Leave those other dusty books behind and come join us in Webville. Your tour is about to begin.

“Thank you for your wonderful work in Head First HTML and CSS. It took me from being clueless (literally, I never heard of HTML or CSS up until 2 weeks ago) to getting a job offer in 10 days. Unbelievable! Keep it up.” — Efraim Wachsman

“Elegant design is at the core of every chapter here, each concept conveyed with equal doses of pragmatism and wit.” –Ken Goldstein, Executive Vice President, Disney Online

“This book is a thoroughly modern introduction to forward-looking practices in web page markup and presentation.” –Danny Goodman, author of Dynamic HTML: The Definitive Guide

“What used to be a long trial and error learning process has now been reduced neatly into an engaging paperback.” –Mike Davidson, CEO, Newsvine, Inc.

“I love Head First HTML and CSS–it teaches you everything you need to learn in a ‘fun coated’ format!” –Sally Applin, UI Designer and Artist

“I haven’t had as much fun reading a book (other than Harry Potter) in years. And your book finally helped me break out of my hapless so-last-century way of creating web pages.” –Professor David M. Arnow, Department of Computer and Information Science, Brooklyn College

“If you’ve ever had a family member who wanted you to design a website for them, buy them Head First HTML and CSS. If you’ve ever asked a family member to design you a web site, buy this book. If you’ve ever bought an HTML book and ended up using it to level your desk, or for kindling on a cold winter day, buy this book. This is the book you’ve been waiting for. This is the learning system you’ve been waiting for.” –Warren Kelly, Blogcritics.org

Buy this book now on Amazon.com.

Book code and downloads

Hosting Providers

In case you want to get your own website up and running, here are a list of hosting providers you might want to consider that we’ve personally used and had good experience with:
List of web hosting providers (Chapter 4).
There are many to choose from!

Second Edition (2012)

Download all code, examples, and support files (including video!) for
Head First HTML and CSS, Second Edition.

Download the fix for the Chapter 3 crossword puzzle (first printing):
Chapter 3 Crossword Puzzle (PDF).

First edition (2005)

Download all the code, examples, and supporting files for
Head First HTML with CSS & XHTML, First Edition.

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