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The easy path.

About the Book

Have you ever wanted to learn the language of the web?

HTML and CSS are the bricks of which every web page is done, even the one you are viewing right now.

Did you even ever thought just everyone can write web pages?

Being able to write HTML, and to add a pinch of CSS on top of it, will make you a first-class citizen of the web.

Status of the book

This book is still a work in progress.

I mean, I'm working on it and will update it as often as I can – and no, this doesn't mean no updates in months – , trying to follow the core concepts which Leanpub is based on. This also puts you, the reader in a great position for driving the general direction I'm going to take for the book.

Let me know when you think a concept is not clear enough, or if you'd expect me to cover a topic you didn't find in the table of contents. Feedback is always welcome.

About the Author

William Ghelfi
William Ghelfi

Hey, hello. I’m William Ghelfi. I was born, then suddenly started growing up. Never stopped since.

I’m a former poet and musician turned web developer, turned web designer, turned teacher, sysadmin… you get the point. Being what I am, and all at once, earned me the privilege of being the R&D Director at Entando - the startup that’s simplifying Enterprise Portals.

I wrote Bootstrap In Practice, an ebook to help you start with Bootstrap 3.

Outside work I’m a full-stack nerd, meaning that — yes — I read The Silmarillion. Five times. So far.

You can find me on my blog, or on Twitter.

Table of Contents

  • Baby steps, or: Introduction
    • What’s ahead
  • 1 Tools of the trade
    • A text editor, to write your web pages
    • A web browser, to see your work in action
    • A versioning system, to save your work
    • A web hosting service, to share your work
    • Lessons learned
  • 2 Your first page
    • Hello, I’m …
    • Your first page goes online
    • Easy hosting services
    • Lessons learned
  • 3 The simplest HTML document
    • The minimum viable HTML document
    • Lessons learned
  • 4 Some useful HTML elements
    • 1. The <a> element
    • 2. The <p> element and its little brother, the <br />
    • 3. The <em> element
    • 4. The <strong> element
    • 5. The <img> element
    • 6. The <ul> element
    • 7. The <ol> element
    • 8. The <div> element
    • 9. The <section> element
    • 10. The <article> element
    • Lessons learned
    • Hands-on time!
  • 5 Introducing Cascading Style Sheets
  • 6 Common elements of a classic layout
  • 7 Not-so-common elements of a classic layout
  • 8 Layouts
  • 9 CSS grid systems
  • 10 More useful HTML elements
  • 11 The art of CSS
  • 12 Web fonts
  • 13 Icon fonts
  • 14 Going forward
  • Appendix A. Responsive Web Design and Mobile First
  • Appendix B. Bootstrap
  • Appendix C. Javascript

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