Book Review: Murach’s HTML5 and CSS3

HTML is the fundamental language, which you should learn before venturing into web development. After learning HTML, you should also try to master CSS to extend the functionality of the HTML pages. In this scenario, you should make use of Murach’s HTML5 and CSS3 authored by Zak Ruvalcaba and Anne Boehm. The book consists of 20 chapters divided into five sections.

Chapter 1 introduces you to the world of web development. While Chapter 2 helps you to code, test and validate a web page, Chapter 3 examines the usage of HTML and CSS in detail. You will learn the steps required to use the CSS box model for spacing, borders, and backgrounds with the help of Murach’s HTML5 and CSS3 book. The Section 1 covers the use of CSS for page layout including the usage of lists, links and navigation menus. Do you want to learn the working of the Responsive Web Design? You should refer to Chapter 8 for a detailed overview.

The Section 2 is divided into two chapters and it discusses the usage of Flexible Box Layout and Grid Layout for page layout and RWD. Section 3 comprises of 6 chapters and it provides the usage of images, icons, tables, forms, fonts, printing including the ability to add audio and video to your website. The final chapter included with this section covers the usage of CSS3 transitions, transforms, animations and filters.

After the development of the website, you should deploy the files on a web server and the chapters in Section 4 discusses this aspect in detail. The Murach’s HTML5 and CSS3 authors have taken an effort to provide information about advanced concepts. Chapter 19 examines the steps required to enhance web pages using JavaScript and jQuery. The book also covers the usage of several third-party development tools.

Like in the case of all Murach books, the Murach’s HTML5 and CSS3 follows a uniform style for the coverage of content in all chapters. The book provides a description, relevant screenshots and description in bulleted format. The code samples are provided in the bold format with the relevant one-line description. Moreover, flowcharts and tables are also included in the required chapters.

The Murach’s HTML5 and CSS3 book will be useful for computer training centers and can be used for imparting training. You can download a sample chapter from the official website. Murach also provides instructor’s materials, which contain all the required materials for further learning.

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