Html User's Interactive Workbook

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9780130170040: Html User's Interactive Workbook

Discusses how to create and organize Web content, use images and lists, create hyperlinks, format your pages, work with tables and frames-even use cascading style sheets to gain precise control over your layouts. Softcover.

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INTRODUCTION

Welcome to the HTML User's Interactive Workbook. You're about to embark on a unique learning experience, one that we hope will not only help you to learn to write HTML, but will also give you a complete understanding of how HTML is structured. Much like learning to repair an automobile, it's one thing to read about procedures in a book and answer questions about what you read. But it's another thing entirely to lift up the hood and dig right in, and you won't get to the other end of this book without doing that. By the end of this book, you will be able to design and construct web pages using only a simple text editor! WHO THIS BOOK IS FOR

Frankly, this book is for anybody who wishes to write HTML, no experience necessary. Even more importantly, this book is for anybody who wishes to become a good web designer.

If you already know some HTML, you are free to pick and choose the Exercises that you need to freshen up your skills, take the Self-Review quizzes for practice, and be on your way. This book should also serve you well in the field as a basic reference.

If you are relatively new to web design, but would like to learn how to write HTML, this book will help you get there. It will also help you not just to memorize information (which is all too easily forgotten), but also to roll up your sleeves and learn by doing. And when you become active in your learning process, you retain far more than you would by simply memorizing abstract information.

Just one word of warning: HTML is not forgiving of mistakes in structure. If you have any difficulties with an exercise—ample, the page you have written does not look like the example—then the first thing to do is make sure that you have copied the example exactly. Don't be scared though; HTML is far easier to learn than any computer programming language. If you are careful to follow the directions in this workbook, you should have no major problems. HOW THIS BOOK IS ORGANIZED

The Interactive Workbook series offers an extraordinary opportunity to explore your computer system and learn through a journey of discovery. In this book, you are presented with a series of interactive Labs that are intended to teach you the basic skills of HTML coding. Each Lab begins with Learning Objectives that show you what Exercises (or tasks) are covered in that Lab. This is followed by an overview of the concepts that will be further explored through the Exercises, which are the heart of each Lab.

Each Exercise consists of a series of steps that you will follow to perform a specific task, along with questions that are designed to help you discover the important things on your own. The answers to these questions are given at the end of the Exercises, along with more in-depth discussions of the concepts explored.

At the end of each Lab is a series of multiple-choice Self-Review Questions, which are designed to help you review what you have learned. If you feel certain that you already understand a certain Objective, you are free to skip that Exercise, but are still encouraged to take the Self-Review quiz at the end of the Lab, just to make sure. The answers to these questions appear in Appendix A. There are also additional Self-Review Questions at this book's companion Web site, found at phptr/phptrinteractive/. But we'll discuss that more in a moment.

Finally, at the end of each chapter, you will find a Test Your Thinking section, which consists of a series of projects designed to solidify all of the skills you have learned in the chapter. If you have successfully completed all of the Labs in the chapter, you should be able to tackle these projects with few problems. There are not always "answers" to these projects, but where appropriate, you will find guidance and solutions at the companion Web site.

Appendix B consists of a listing of all of the HTML tags used in this workbook, plus additional tags that you will frequently use as you write Web pages. Even when you are an experienced web designer, you will find Appendix B useful.

Appendix C consists of a basic reference to the attributes used in Cascading Style Sheets. Again, even when you are an experienced web designer, you will find Appendix C useful.

Finally, Appendix D consists of a listing of various web sites and resources related to HTML writing and design. Just remember that the web is always changing. Therefore, while Appendix D was up to date at the time this workbook was published, some of the web site addresses may have changed by the time you are reading this book.

The final element o f this book actually doesn't appear in the book at all. It is the companion Web site, and it is located at:
phptr/phptrinteractive/

This companion Web site is closely integrated with the content of this book, and we encourage you to visit often. It is designed to provide a unique, interactive, online experience that will enhance your education. As mentioned, you will find guidance and solutions that will help you complete the projects found in the Test Your Thinking section of each chapter.

You will also find additional Self-Review Questions for each chapter, which are meant to give you more experience in recognizing HTML tags, and instant results are given for each quiz. Take these quizzes after you have completed the Lab work in the book, taken the book's quizzes, and completed the Test Your Thinking sections. These online quizzes will help you gauge exactly how prepared you are to write HTML, and what areas you may need to revisit in the book.

In the Author's Corner, you will find additional information that we think will interest you, such as web design news, professional advice, and any errata that didn't make it into the book before publication.

Finally, you will find a Message Board, which you can think of as a virtual study lounge. Here, you can interact with other HTML Interactive Workbook readers, share and discuss your projects, and perhaps even pick up a tip or two about the HTML writing. WHAT YOU WILL NEED

First and foremost, you will need a PC, on which to work. Throughout the book, we assume the PC is running some form of Windows, but you can use a PC running Linux or a Macintosh, if you wish. As for software, you must have—at a minimum—an Internet browser and a text editor. These requirements are discussed in more depth in Chapter 1.

You'll need a fresh notebook in which to jot the answers to the Exercise questions, and to take notes about what you observe as you work through the Exercises. Yes, there are answer rules provided in the book, and they will suffice for some questions, but owing to space limitations, they are primarily meant for quick notes to yourself as well as study points, not for comprehensive discussion. Of course, an electronic notebook will work just as nicely as a traditional notebook.

Finally, you'll need an Internet connection to gain access to the companion Web site and to visit some of the other Web sites referenced in the book. Again, we encourage you to visit the companion site frequently to share and discuss your experiences with the virtual community. CONVENTIONS USED IN THIS BOOK

There are several conventions that we've used in this book to try to make your learning experience easier. These are explained here.

An icon used to flag notes or advice from the authors to our readers. For instance, if there is a particular topic or concept that you really need to understand for the exam, or if there's something that you need to keep in mind while working, you will find it set off from the main text. An icon used to flag tips or especially helpful tricks that will save you time or trouble. For instance, if there is a shortcut for performing a particular task or a method that the authors have found useful, you will find it set off from the main text. An icon used to flag information and precautions that will not only save you headaches in the long run, they may even save your Web site's visitors a few headaches as well. An icon used to flag passages in which there is a reference to the book's companion Web site, which once again is located at:
phptr/phptrinteractive/ The Whole Truth

Sometimes owing to the Interactive Workbook format, some information gets watered down for efficiency's sake. Also, in some cases, certain information given will not directly apply to the Lab you are doing, but we feel that it's important to give you the bigger picture anyway. When that's the case, we have used this sidebar element to alert you that "it's not exactly as simple as that," and to offer a more detailed explanation. A FINAL PIECE OF ADVICE

Anyone can learn to write HTML, but not everyone can design good web pages. Good web page design requires some artistic ability, color sense, and an understanding of how people use web pages. Unlike the authors of some HTML books, we have not included material on how to design attractive web pages, unless it directly relates to the HTML we are covering a particular Lab. For the most part, web design sense can only come from doing. Over time, you will learn what makes up a good web page. This book will, however, teach you to write the HTML that actually produces your design. In all cases, you will find that the discovery method employed by the HTML Interactive Workbook will surely enlighten and educate you unlike any other resource. However clever or comprehensive another resource might be, the discovery method is a proven training technique that is employed in classrooms and training centers around the world. This hands-on approach is the cornerstone of the International Workbook series, and we are sure that you will find it an engaging and productive way to learn. There is no better way!

From the Back Cover:

Master all the skills you need to start creating Web pages with HTML—fast! This hands-on workbook starts from scratch and teaches you, step-by-step, through real-world projects and examples! Learn how to create and organize Web content; use images and lists; create hyperlinks; format your pages; work with tables and frames—even use cascading style sheets to gain precise control over your layouts!

Totally integrated with a FREE, state-of-the-art HTML learning Web site!

Every Prentice Hall PTR Interactive Workbook is fully integrated with its own exclusive Web site, giving you all this and more:

"Test Your Thinking" project solutions and detailed explanations Author's Corner: Your personal connection to this book's expert author

Additional self-review exercises with instant feedback and explanations An exclusive Virtual Study Lounge where you can interact with other students!

Just the facts! No endless, boring discussions here! You'll learn hands-on, through practical exercises, self-review questions and real-world answers. Exclusive "Test Your Thinking" projects guarantee you'll go beyond rote knowledge to really master the subject! It's an integrated learning system that's proven to work!

Dozens of exercises cover the real world tasks that matter most!

100s of self-review questions and answers make sure you understand!

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