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Web Design GarageLearn the basics of web design quick and easy
|Web Design Garage by Marc Campbell|
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If youre looking at getting started in web design, I would suggest Marc Campbells ?Web Design Garage (Prentice Hall ISBN 0-13-148199-1) as a wonderful reference guide. This 512 page book is filled with great beginner information as well as source code examples to help you build your first website.
The book is targeted toward those looking at getting their hands dirty with some HTML tags and a text editor. From my experience, learning to code and its structure will help you become a better web designer down the road. Lets take a closer look into Campbells ?Web Design Garage.
Whats Inside the Book
The book is broken down into eight parts: Design and usability, layout, handling images, text issues, linking, forms, web design tricks and overall web design issues. These eight parts cover various segments of web design from the early planning stages to the final uploading and presentation.
In chapter one, Campbell demonstrates how you should thinking about the layout of the website. Doing things like grouping to determine each section of your website, selecting appropriate colors for background, text and links. This chapter prepares readers for the kinds of decisions they will need to make to build a successful website.
In chapter two, the reader is shown how to do site layouts. Using HTML code such as the table tag and being introduced to CSS (cascading style sheets), Campbell shows how you can design your layout either using CSS or via table cells and columns.
Chapter three covers image handling issues such as displaying them using cascading style sheets, making rollover images, image mapping and using background images in cascading style sheet DIV tags. The background image in a CSS DIV tag is a great design technique and one that I highly recommend you learn. Campbell even offers the source code so you can try it out immediately.
Chapter four refers to text topics such as managing and positioning text using cascading style sheets, creating customized text formatting style sheets, creating lists, defining type and even adding a timestamp to your content.
Chapter five brings us to one of the most important elements within a successful website which is creating links. No one enjoys going to a website only to discover a number of broken links, missing pages or maybe not even be able to distinguish between hotlinks and regular text because the web designer set the color for both as the same. Yikes! Campbell points out the differences in absolute links to relative ones, making rollovers and how to choose the right colors.
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