There are tons of positive reviews already written about this book, so I just thought I'd share a little about how I'm getting through the tutorials. First off, I think it helps to work through the book on a daily basis, rather than doing a few chapters and coming back to it weeks later. The concepts will be easier to follow complete the lessons one after another, and on a regular basis.
Next, sometimes it helps to read and underline several pages and then go to the computer to do the lessons. Some lessons are very easy to complete, but it's important that you try to understand as much as possible the code language itself. The authors do a very good job explaining why the markups work the way they do.
If you get stuck during a lesson, carefully check your typos, and make sure you have copied the lines of code as they are presented in the book. Even leaving out a semicolon in a line of HTML or CSS code can mess things up.
If you find that you really are stuck, visit the book's Lab site and download the solution for exercises in each chapter. Compare the solution to your own work. If you still can't find figure the problem, use the solution and move on. Chapter 8 and 10 gave me lots of problems. I went on the Lab site to look for answers. There's a discussion forum on the Lab site, but there doesn't seem to be a lot of traffic on it. But leave your questions there anyway, and they might be answered.
If you're very computer literate, you might also try a more advanced text editor than the one's they suggest in the book. I downloaded a copy of TextMate to help me complete the last three chapters of the book. TextMate has a steep learning curve, but it in the long run it can save you time when writing code manually.
Finally, I would suggest applying what you learn by creating a mini-website or group of pages. By doing this, you can review the lessons and apply them.
For those thinking about taking a college course in this subject, I would work through this book first. In fact, I bet it presents nearly everything you would learn in a introductory college course of HTML and CSS. The advantage of using this book is that you can learn at your own pace and not waste time in a classroom.
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Head First HTML with CSS & XHTML explains the fundamentals of HTML, XHTML, topics like web color, and CSS properties. In this book, pictures and step-by-step instructions explain how to build great-looking, standards-compliant web sites.