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Basics of Web Design
3rd Edition

4th Edition of Basics of Web Design: HTML5 & CSS4th 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.
Table of Contents (PDF)

Updates for the 4th edition include:

  • 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)

Where to Get the 4th Edition:

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Features of the 3rd Edition

3rd Edition Basics of Web Design

The third edition was published in January 2015 and builds on the textbook's successful first and second editions. With the widespread support of HTML5, the third edition introduces HTML5 structural elements early (in Chapter 2). Chapter 5 now provides an overview of color theory and an expanded treatment of the use of color in web pages. Table of Contents (pdf)

Also new for the third edition:

  • Additional Hands-On Practice exercises
  • New and updated case studies
  • Expanded treatment of page layout design
  • Expanded treatment of mobile web design
  • Expanded sections on responsive web design techniques


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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

Free 4th Edition Student Files

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A First Course in Web Design

The popular Basics of Web Design: HTML5 & CSS3 textbook 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


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
  • website project activity with milestone assignments
  • a group website design evaluation activity
  • a group WebQuest activity

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 activities are available for each chapter on this website.

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

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