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    My wife is ready to buy some books to learn more about designing her website. She is familiar with basic html and would like to go on from there.

    I know this can be an explosive question but, what are the best books you can suggest. I figure we can start with the ones with the most votes and work our way down the list.

    Thanks in advance..

    Matthew

    P.S. I know there are many websites out there with free tutorials but reading a screen for long periods will give her a headache. Even with the refresh set high on a decent monitor.

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    Does your wife want to continue learning HTML to gain a fuller background? Or are you after books that cover other topics?


    Presuming the latter, here are links to some well known publishers who specialise in web design/development

    Oreilly
    Sams Publishing

    Personally, my collection is a mixture of boh sams and oreilly books. I also have some of the [name] in easy steps, but these are lightweight compared to the ones mentioned above.

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    You're going to want at least one or two books on CSS. That'll teach her how to establish a solid base in modern design (rather than the aged table- and frame-based designs of yore).

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    Shadowfiend and bfsog, thank you both.

    I suppose 'Best books to start with to understand modern website design' might have been a better title.

    I, myself am only familiar with the old < title>< /title>, < head>< /head> and such of the html I learned years ago, so I'm not quite clear on what web design has evolved into.

    Having said that, would the books listed below be some good choices to begin with?

    Sams Teach Yourself Web Publishing with HTML and CSS in One Hour a Day
    HTML and XHTML Pocket Reference, Third Edition
    Web Design in a Nutshell, Third Edition

    As I said, I'm not clear on what is required learning for people going beyond the basics so I'm not sure what to begin with.

    When I first began my quest to learn Linux I bought a bunch of books. Most are in pristine condition while, a select few are dog eared, full of post-it notes and coffee stains.

    I suppose I'm just looking for the most bang for my buck, as it were.

    Thanks again.

    Matthew


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    Web design and development book reviews

    That's a pretty extensive list but, you'll see these title often.

    Web Standards Solutions
    Eric Meyer on CSS
    Designing with Web Standards
    Designing Web Usability
    CSS Mastery: Advanced Web Standards Solutions
    Bulletproof Web Design
    Build Your Own Web Site the Right Way
    [a web design portfolio - Currently NOT AVAILABLE for work | web design | Re-coding | PSD-to-HTML]
    I'm also on: virb - facebook - twitter - flickr - del.icio.us

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    I have never been to convinced about the teach yourself in an hour each day kind of books.

    For HTML i often feel that a book is a bit over kill when it comes to learning it. There are plenty of websites and tutorials about which will teach you all you need to know.

    For html i would use www.w3schools.com. The site is free and html is probably the easiest language to learn.

    With HTML the key topic is DOCTYPES and what tags will validate with each one. At the end of the day learning how to use <a><img> tags etc takes no time. Understanding doctypes is the only difficult concept.

    So with HTML save your money and don't get a book on it. HTML now is used to describe webpages, the rest is done with CSS. When i make web pages i rarely use any tags apart from <meta> <div> <span> <a> <p> and <img> tags. The rest is done with CSS.

    Now CSS can do everything from page structure to the look of your site. For this i would strongly recommend you get a book on it. While the syntax is very easy to learn, making sites which are IE/Firefox compatible can often be tricky. As a result it is very important that you get a good up to date book.

    I can't recommend any books as i haven't purchased a CSS book for 2 years. When i shop online i usually just go to amazon and get something which has at least 5 reviews with most of them being positive.

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    One excellent source would be Safari online (http://safari.oreilly.com/). Here you can pay a monthy price and view pretty much all the books you want online, download portions and print them out. It costs a lot less than buying all the books and you can search for specific things throughout all books until you find just what you're looking for.

    Hope this helps...

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    Quote Originally Posted by blackhawk
    My wife is ready to buy some books to learn more about designing her website. She is familiar with basic html and would like to go on from there.

    I know this can be an explosive question but, what are the best books you can suggest. I figure we can start with the ones with the most votes and work our way down the list.

    Thanks in advance..

    Matthew

    P.S. I know there are many websites out there with free tutorials but reading a screen for long periods will give her a headache. Even with the refresh set high on a decent monitor.
    It is a broad question to ask, you are probebly looking at a sprecific topic. I have found SAMS teach your self books are generally deacent. If tutorials online give one a headache try printing, some of the topics that she may want to learn beyond Basic html include css,js, and php.
    Thee Pyro Wolf

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    I strongly suggest these:

    HTML Your Visual Blueprint for Designing Web Pages with HTML, CSS, and XHTML - Wiley, John and Sons, Inc.
    Bulletproof Web Design - New Riders
    Eric Meyer on CSS - New Riders
    More Eric Meyer on CSS - New Riders
    CSS Mastery Advanced Web Standards Solutions - Friendsof
    CSS Pocket Reference - O'Reilly

    These are all great books and make a great reference library as well. If you have a Barnes & Noble where you're at just get a membership card for $20/yr and save 10% on all books.


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