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Basics of Web Design
HTML5 & CSS3 Fourth Edition

Basics of Web Design 4th Edition

  • Chapter 1: Internet and Web Basics

    This brief introduction covers the terms and concepts related to the Internet and the Web with which Web developers need to be familiar. For many students, some of this will be a review. Chapter 1 provides the base of knowledge on which the rest of the textbook is built.

  • Chapter 2: HTML Basics

    As HTML5 is introduced, examples and exercises encourage students to create sample pages and gain useful experience. Students are encouraged to create sample pages as they read through the text.

  • Chapter 3: Web Design Basics

    This chapter focuses on recommended web design practices. Page layout, color theory, navigation design, and best practices for text, graphics, and multimedia are introduced.

  • Chapter 4: Cascading Style Sheets Basics

    The technique of using Cascading Style Sheets to configure the color and text on web pages is introduced.

  • Chapter 5: Graphics & Text Styling Basics

    This chapter introduces configuring text and graphics on web pages. Topics including text size, weight and font typeface styling, types of images, image optimization, CSS borders, CSS image backgrounds, new CSS3 visual effects, and new HTML5 elements. Students are encouraged to create web pages as they read through the text.

  • Chapter 6: More CSS Basics

    This chapter continues the study of CSS and introduces the box model and techniques for configuring margin, padding, and borders. In addition, CSS3 properties to configure rounded corners, box shadow, text shadow, opacity, and gradients are also featured. Centering page content with CSS is also practiced in this chapter.

  • Chapter 7: Page Layout Basics

    This chapter continues the study of CSS and introduces techniques for positioning and floating web page elements, including a two-column CSS page layout. Additional HTML5 semantic elements are also introduced.

  • Chapter 8: More on Links, Layout, and Mobile

    This chapter revisits earlier topics and introduces more advanced techniques related to hyperlinks, configuring CSS for print, and designing pages for the mobile web. CSS media queries and responsive image coding techniques are introduced as students configure a web page for both desktop and mobile display.

  • Chapter 9: Table Basics

    This chapter focuses on the HTML elements used to create tables. Methods for configuring a table with CSS are introduced.

  • Chapter 10: Form Basics

    This chapter focuses on the HTML elements used to create forms. Methods for confi guring the form with CSS are introduced. New HTML5 form control elements and attribute values are introduced.

  • Chapter 11: Media and Interactivity Basics

    This chapter offers an overview of topics related to adding media and interactivity to web pages. These topics include new HTML5 video and audio, Flash, a CSS Image Gallery, CSS3 transform and transition properties, HTML5 details and summary elements, HTML5 APIs, JavaScript, and jQuery.

  • Chapter 12: Web Publishing Basics

    This chapter discusses how to register a domain name, choose a web host, and publish to the Web. Search engine submission, search engine optimization, accessiblity testing and usability testing are also introduced.

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Textbook Overview

Provides a foundation in the skills and concepts that web designers need:

  • Internet and Web concepts overview
  • Create web pages with HTML5
  • Configure color and text with CSS
  • Configure page layout with CSS
  • Configure images and multimedia
  • Explore new CSS3 properties
  • Apply Web Design Best Practices
  • Design accessible and usable web pages
  • Design for search engine optimization
  • Choose a domain name
  • Publish to the Web

New Features in the 4th Edition

Building on the textbook's successful 3rd edition, the 4th edition continues to integrate HTML and CSS topics such as text configuration, color configuration, and page layout with an enhanced focus on the topics of design, accessibility, and Web standards.

Also new for the fourth edition:

  • Updated coverage of HTML5 elements and attributes
  • Expanded coverage of responsive web design techniques and CSS media queries
  • Expanded coverage of responsive image techniques including the new HTML5 picture element
  • CSS coding techniques for dynamic menus
  • Updated reference sections for HTML5 and CSS
    Additional Hands-On Practice exercises
  • A new Case Study
  • Updated code samples and web resources
  • New Appendix introducing Flexbox (CSS Flexible Box Layout)

Instructor Materials

Comprehensive instructor materials are available for the Basics of Web Design HTML5 & CSS3 book. Instructors and faculty can access free downloads of:

  • sample syllabi
  • exercise solutions
  • case study solutions
  • PowerPoint presentations
  • sample test questions

Contact your Pearson Higher Ed Addison-Wesley representative or visit Pearson Higher Ed Addison-Wesley Publishing for access to an evaluation copy and for more information about the textbook.

Chapter Review Games

Review flash card activities are available for each chapter on this website.

Students can use these activities to review concepts and terms. Some instructors use these as group activities in the classroom. They also can be made available for independent student self-assessment activities.

About the Author

Dr. Terry Morris

Dr. Terry Ann Morris has a unique background that combines both practical and academic experience with years of working in industry as well as many years teaching technology courses. An award-winning instructor, her hands-on approach to teaching web design enables students to become productive quickly. More Author Info

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