Mastering Integrated HTML and CSS

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Wiley, May 29, 2007 - Computers - 600 pages
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Mastering Integrated HTML and CSS maintains the "integrated" approach used in Virginia DeBolt's earlier book and throughout her web teaching. Mastery-level HTML and CSS is treated as a single topic, taught together because the fastest workflows and most effective web sites develop these pieces together. The Mastering series from Sybex provides outstanding instruction for readers with intermediate and advanced skills, in the form of top-notch training and development for those already working in their field and clear, serious education for those aspiring to become pros. Every Mastering book includes: Real-World Scenarios, ranging from case studies to interviews, that show how the tool, technique, or knowledge presented is applied in actual practice. Skill-based instruction, with chapters organized around real tasks rather than abstract concepts or subjects. Self-review test questions, so you can be certain you're equipped to do the job right. Mastering Integrated HTML and CSS fulfills the promise of this series to supply professionals and students with the latest information and complete, practical skills for their workday tasks. You'll learn all this and much more: Writing XHTML and CSS using correct syntax Working with fixed and fluid two- and three-column layouts Styling links as CSS popups Creating and applying styles to make an accessible form Mastering hierarchy, alignment, focal point, and other design concepts Publishing and testing your pages Working bloat-free with CSS in Dreamweaver Weaning yourself from table-based layouts and out-of-date coding The companion CD-ROM provides a StyleMe Challenge Page, which readers can use as a "lab" to test out their CSS stylesheets, plus all the files and resources needed to practice along with the book's tutorials. It also contains a selection of third-party software, especially text-editing tools with handy features such as color coding and indenting that make writing HTML easier. Instructor's supplemental resources are available to accompany this book as a classroom text, including a sample syllabus, presentation slides, and an additional Q&A test bank.

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has some prliminary css in comparison with other html pages

About the author (2007)

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
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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