HTML, XHTML, and CSS All-in-One Desk Reference For Dummies

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John Wiley & Sons, 2008 - Computers - 930 pages
Want to build a killer Web site? Want to make it easy to keep your site up to date? You'll need to know how CSS, HTML, and XHTML work together. "HTML, XHTML, and CSS All-In-One Desk Reference For Dummies" makes that easy too! These eight minibooks get you started, explain standards, and help you connect all the dots to create sites with pizzazz.

This handy, one-stop guide catches you up on XHTML basics and CSS fundamentals. You'll learn how to work with Positionable CSS to create floating elements, margins, and multi-column layouts, and you'll get up to speed on client-side programming with JavaScript. You'll also get the low-down on server side programming with PHP, creating a database with MySQL, and using Ajax on both client and server sides. You'll find out how to: Use templates and validatorsManage information with lists and tablesTurn lists of links into button barsAdd style color and bordersCreate variables for dataAdd motion with basic DOM animationWork with arraysAdd Flash functionality with AFLAXBuild and manage a multipage siteChoose and run your own server

You don't need expensive or complicated software or a super-powerful computer to build a Web site that does all sorts of amazing things. All you need is a text editor and the clear, step-by-step guidance you'll find in "HTML, XHTML, and CSS All-In-One Desk Reference For Dummies."

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This a great book if you are in need of this type of information. Its ver detailed and gives you great examples. The Cd that comes with the book is loaded with great software that can help you do the job. Read full review

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I've been reading many different books looking for one that "clicked" with me. I have very little knowledge going in and this book is IT! I LOVE it! It breaks it down so anybody could get it and go on to understand the ins and outs of HTML, XHTML, CSS, PHP, Java, etc.
It's 8 books in one and comes with a CD that has valuable tools and information. You can pull up his examples and study the source code. It's really helped me a lot.

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About the author (2008)

Andy Harris began his teaching life as a special education teacher. As he was teaching young adults with severe disabilities, he taught himself enough computer programming to support his teaching habit with freelance programming. Those were the exciting days when computers started to have hard drives, and some computers began communicating with each other over an arcane mechanism some were calling the Internet.
All this time Andy was teaching computer science part time. He joined the faculty of the Indiana University/Purdue University — Indianapolis Computer Science department in 1995. He serves as a Senior Lecturer, teaching the introductory course to Freshmen as well as numerous courses on Web development, general programming, and game programming. As manager of the Streaming Media Laboratory, he developed a number of online video-based courses, and worked on a number of international distance education projects including helping to start a computer science program in Tetevo, Macedonia FYR.
Andy is the author of several other computing books, including Beginning Flash Game Programming For Dummies and Game Programming: The L Line. He invites your comments and questions at

Chris McCulloh has a bachelor’s degree in Media Arts and Science from Indiana University/Purdue University — Indianapolis (IUPUI), a certificate in Applied Computer Science from the Computer and Information Science Department (CSCI) at IUPUI, and is a full-time PHP Developer working at CIK Enterprises. He loves to teach, write, and read, and is currently teaching server-side programming for CSCI at IUPUI. He writes a programming-related blog on his Flash game site at, and maintains a popular Firefox extension located at

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