Instant HTML

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Wrox Press, 1997 - Computers - 433 pages
This is the second edition of the Wrox Press "Instant HTML Programmer's Reference." We have taken the existing book, which covered all HTML and browser implementations up to and including HTML 3.2, and added coverage of IE4, Communicator 4 and HTML 4.0. It is a practical programming book, so we have concentrated on those features of HTML 4.0 which are currently supported by browsers. However, we do also touch on the features of HTML 4.0 which we believe will be supported by future browsers.

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Wrox's specialty is providing technical information for and by programmers. This is a very succinct programmer's reference to HTML 4, offering a detailed guide through standard HTML, objects, applets ... Read full review

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About the author (1997)

-->Alex Homer--> is a computer geek and web developer with a passion for ASP.NET. Although he has to spend some time doing real work (a bit of consultancy and training, and the occasional conference session), most of his days are absorbed in playing with the latest Microsoft web technology and then writing about it. Living in the picturesque wilderness of the Derbyshire Dales in England, he's well away from the demands of the real worldwith only an Internet connection to maintain some distant representation of normality. But, hey, what else could you want from life? You can contact Alex through his own software company, Stonebroom Limited, at

Chris Ullman is a freelance Web developer and technical author who has spent many years stewing in ASP/ASP.NET, like a teabag left too long in the pot. Coming from a Computer Science background, he started initially as a UNIX/Linux guru, who gravitated towards MS technologies during the summer of ASP (1997). He cut his teeth on Wrox Press ASP guides, and since then he has written over 20 books, most notably as lead author for Wrox's bestselling Beginning ASP/ASP.NET series, and has contributed chapters to books on PHP, ColdFusion, JavaScript, Web Services, C#, XML and other Internet-related technologies too esoteric to mention, now swallowed up in the quicksands of the boom.
Quitting Wrox as a full-time employee in August 2001, he branched out into VB6 programming and ASP development, maintaining a multitude of sites from http: //, his "work" site, to http: //, a selection of his writings on music and art. He now divides his time between being a human punchbag for his 29-month-old son Nye, composing electronic sounds on bits of dilapidated old keyboards for his music project Open E, and tutoring his cats in the art of peaceful co-existence, and not violently mugging each other on the stairs.
Chris Ullman contributed Chapters 1, 14, 15, 16, 17, and Appendix E to this book.

John Kauffman was born in Philadelphia, the son of a chemist and a nurse. He received his degrees from The Pennsylvania State University, the colleges of Science and Agriculture. His early research was for Hershey foods in the genetics of the chocolate tree and the molecular biology of chocolate production. Subsequently, he moved to the Rockefeller University, where he cloned and sequenced DNA regions that control the day and night cycles of plants.
Since 1997, John has written ten books, six of which have been on the Amazon Computer Best Seller List. His specialty is programming Web front-ends for enterprise-level databases.
In his spare time, John is an avid sailor and youth sailing coach. He represented the USA in the sailing World Championship of 1985 and assisted the Olympic teams of Belgium and China in 1996. He also enjoys jazz music and drumming and manages to read the "New Yorker" from cover-to-cover each week.
John Kauffman contributed Chapters 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, and Appendix B to this book.

Chris Hart is a full-time .NET Developer and part-time author who lives in Birmingham (UK) with her husband James. While she's most at home in the world of the Web, she's recently been working with the .NET Compact Framework. In her spare time, Chris spends much of her time playing with beta technologies, and then attempting to write about them.
Chris has contributed many chapters to a variety of books, including "Beginning ASP.NET" (Wrox Press), "Beginning Dynamic Websites with ASP.NET Web Matrix" (Wrox Press), and most recently, "A Programmer's Guide to SQL" (Apress).
When she gets away from computers, Chris enjoys travel, especially when it involves driving along narrow winding roads to get to out-of-the-way parts of Scotland. She dreams of building her own house somewhere where she can keep a cat.
Chris Hart contributed Chapters 10, 11, 12, 13, and Appendices C and D to this book.

Dave Sussman is a writer, trainer, and consultant, living in the wilds of the Oxfordshire countryside. He's been working with ASP.NETsince before it was first released and still isn't bored with it. You can contact him at
Dave Sussman contributed Chapters 7, 8, and 9 to this book.

Dan Maharry is a freelance writer, reviewer, speaker, and editor who has, in no particular order, taught English, Math, and Guitar, directed, crewed, acted in, and produced several plays and short films, been a film and music columnist for four years, co-founded, rewritten his own at several times, opened an office in India, variously edited, reviewed, and written pieces of over 40 programming books, qualified as a sound engineer, and consumed enough caffeine in his lifetime to keep most of China awake for a week. Occasionally, he sleeps. Sometimes. Contact him at
Dan Maharry contributed Chapters 5 and 6 to this book.

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