About this book
This book is designed to work on a number of levels. It can be read in linear order, or it can be surfed, much the way you would gather information on the web. Everyone learns differently--some people learn from theoretical books, others from manuals, others from step-by-step exercises, and some from simply diving in head first and doing. We have tackled this book from all these angles. We wanted to do more than a how-to book, more than an exercise book, and more than a theory book. Our goal was not simply to present information, but to also explain why it was necessary, how you would do it, and where could you find resources related to it.
What's New About Creative HTML Design.2?
Our Lesson Approach
Once you're up to speed on web publishing, you would design your site in the following stages:
We did not choose to teach you how to create your web site in this order because we agreed that it would not be the best order to learn from. How can you develop a concept if you don't understand the limitations of the medium? How can you plan a site if you've never built one before? How can you collect assets if you don't understand what you need? How can you produce graphics and layouts if you've never authored for the web? How can you publish something you don't know how to make yet.
For this reason, we organized the materials in a logical manner for learning web publishing with HTML and graphics. If you find that there's something you already know, feel free to skip ahead to the next section or chapter. If you're curious about something that hasn't been discussed, turn to the Index to locate it and flip ahead.
You'll find all the related files to each exercise in its respective chapter folder on the CHD2 CD-ROM.
On the Web
The Creative HTML Design web site (http://www.htmlbook.com) is there to help you by providing updates to the book and tips and pointers that will be kept current as new technology emerges.
The Ducks In A Row web site (http://ducks.htmlbook.com) is a live implementation of the examples and exercises in this book. In fact, this book represents the actual process that we went through in building this site.
Lynda and Bill both live active email lives. Lynda's email address is firstname.lastname@example.org; and Bill's is email@example.com. Please feel free to contact us with questions, comments, complaints, and even kudos. We love kudos.
We hope you enjoy reading this book as much as we've enjoyed writing it. We both learned a ton from each other while writing this book, and it's our hope that you will benefit from the results.
--Lynda & Bill