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Head First HTML & CSS, 2nd Edition

by Elisabeth Robson and Eric Freeman

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 so they work in all browsers and mobile devices. 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.

Head First HTML and CSS


All the code for Head First HTML & CSS is conveniently hosted at Github and freely available. If you’ve never used Github before, it’s a good time to start.  And if you have… well, then you know where you are. In either case, just visit the Github link to get to the code. Once you’re there, simply click on the Download ZIP button to the right of the repository file listing, and you’ll get a zip file containing all the code for the book.

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Before you get started with Head First HTML and CSS, check out these resources:

  • The first printing of the book had an error with the Chapter Three Crossword Puzzle, get the updated one here.
  • If you have the first edition of the book, Head First HTML with CSS & XHTML, you can download the code for that edition here.
  • Buy the book.



Here are some extra resources to take your JavaScript learning further:

  • If you want to set up your own web site to put what you’re learning to good use as you read, here is a list of hosting providers (we don’t recommend any particular hosting site, but these have good reputations).


You know HTML & CSS, so now it’s time to add some behavior to your web pages. Up next: Head First JavaScript Programming, your guide to learning JavaScript. With JavaScript, you can take your static web pages, and turn them into web applications that respond to the user and, you know, actually do something.

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