Head First HTML with CSS & XHTML

I’m always in search of a good CSS and XHTML book. Despite how many books on web design that one can find on Amazon.com, Barns and Noble, and/or other popular book stores, it is hard to beat Head First HTML with CSS & XHTML by Elisabeth and Eric Freeman. This book is very easy to read for beginners into CSS and XHTML and even a worthwile read for seasoned veterans.

I particularly like how the book is laid out. There are a total of 15 chapters with 658 pages including the index. The book utilizes a lot of color graphical examples to make a point. It has numerous examples, puzzles, and summaries at the end of the chapters to reinforce the concepts brought up. This book is catered to people who want to get started on applying CSS and XHTML immediately into their designs. They bring up a brief history and reasons why certain selectors are used and why without getting so much into the detail that would interest a person(s) who is studying web design as opposed to a person who just wants to create a CSS and XHTML page.

One of the best things I like about the book, besides quips of humor, is how they continually stress the importance of adhering to the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) standards especially the emphasis on developing XHTML Strict pages. Most other books I have read do not stress the importance of web standards as Elisabeth and Eric do.

Concepts covered in the book are: three column layouts, two column layouts, positioning (absolute, relative, and fixed), headings, uses of list, styling font and layout, and much more. I find myself constantly refering back to this book for tips and tricks on my pages. I highly recommend it for anyone who is serious about CSS and XHTML.