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Issue 14   |   September 2000  

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Books to help you along the way...
Often computer-based learning isn't enough. It may not fit your learning style. And despite the promise of instant access to information, sometimes it's a lot quicker to look it up in a book than to find it on the Internet.

HTML in 24 Hours  SAMS Teach Yourself HTML 4 in 24 Hours
by Dick Oliver

First, let's be clear about this: it's 24 one-hour lessons, not 24 hours as in one day. You knew it couldn't really be true, didn't you?

That slight deception aside, this is an excellent book for a beginner who likes a straightforward, one-step-at-a-time approach.

Each chapter covers a specific topic, should take about an hour, and ends with questions and exercises to take you further.

The book's website is well organized with examples of what's covered in each chapter, and includes useful links to information and other resources.
[read reviews/buy at Amazon]


Visual Quickstart HTML 4

HTML 4 for the World Wide Web Visual Quickstart Guide
by Elizabeth Castro

This slim volume is used as a textbook in many Intro to Web Design courses and comes highly recommended by students and teachers alike.

As with other Visual Quickstart books, the presentation is clear and concise. Illustrations are helpful but small. Not as comprehensive as other books, it's still a good value for under $20.
[read reviews/buy at Amazon]


Web Design: Complete ReferenceWeb Design : The Complete Reference
by Thomas A. Powell

Weighing in at 800+ pages, this is a big book, but it's all meat with no fat. Calling anything the "complete" reference is risky, but I'd say the title is justified.

Much of the content is technical (HTML, XML, JavaScript, etc.), yet this is one of the few books that includes significant information (not just a paragraph or two) on site design, page layout, usability, search engine issues, and the implications of the technology.

A companion website adds online examples and extensive links to other resources.
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