HTML & XHTML: The Definitive Guide: The Definitive Guide

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"O'Reilly Media, Inc.", Aug 22, 2002 - Computers - 672 pages
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HTML and its XML-based descendant, XHTML, are the fundamental languages for working on the web, and the new edition of our popular HTML guide offers web developers a better way to become fluent in these languages. HTML & XHTML: The Definitive Guide, 5th Edition is the most comprehensive, up-to-date book available on HTML and XHTML. It covers Netscape Navigator 6, Internet Explorer 6, HTML 4.01, XHTML 1.0, CSS2, and all of the features supported by the popular web browsers.

Learning HTML and XHTML is like learning any new language. Most students first immerse themselves in examples. Studying others is a natural way to learn; however, it's as easy to learn bad habits through imitation as it is to acquire good ones. The better way to become HTML-fluent is through a comprehensive reference that covers the language syntax, semantics, and variations in detail and demonstrates the difference between good and bad usage.

In HTML & XHTML: The Definitive Guide, the authors cover every element of HTML/XHTML in detail, explaining how each element works and how it interacts with other elements. Tips about HTML/XHTML style help you write documents ranging from simple online documentation to complex presentations. With hundreds of examples, the book gives you models for writing your own effective web pages and for mastering advanced features like style sheets and frames.

HTML & XHTML: The Definitive Guide, 5th Edition, shows how to:

  • Use style sheets to control a document's appearance
  • Work with programmatically generated HTML
  • Create tables, from simple to complex
  • Use frames to coordinate sets of documents
  • Design and build interactive forms and dynamic documents
  • Insert images, sound files, video, Java applets, and JavaScript programs
  • Create documents that look good on a variety of browsers
  • Make the transition to XHTML
The book comes with a handy quick-reference card listing HTML/XHTML tags.

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HTML XHTML and the World Wide Web
Quick Start
Anatomy of an HTML Document
Text Basics
Rules Images and Multimedia
Links and Webs
Formatted Lists
Netscape Layout Extensions
Tips Tricks and Hacks
HTML Grammar
HTMLXHTML Tag Quick Reference
Cascading Style Sheet Properties Quick Reference
The HTML 401 DTD

Cascading Style Sheets
Executable Content
Dynamic Documents
Character Entities
Color Names and Values

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About the author (2002)

Chuck Musciano ( acquired a B.S. in Computer Science from Georgia Tech in 1982. Chuck advises a variety of startups in the Research Triangle Park area, bringing enterprise computing discipline and perspective to the world of internet entrepreneurs. His 15 years of enterprise management experience coupled with his very geeky technology roots gives him a unique perspective on the role computing plays in every aspect of business. His fascination with portable computing devices continues unabated, and his personal collection of handheld devices dating back to his beloved Casio Zoomer continues to grow. Chuck lives in Cary, North Carolina, with his wife Cindy, daughter Courtney, and son Coleton. He enjoys photography, running, and backpacking when he is not tinkering with the latest phone or tablet.

Bill Kennedy is currently president and chief technical officer of ActivMedia, Inc., a new media marketing and marketing research company based in beautiful Peterborough, NH, but which conducts business with clients and associates from around the world primarily over the Internet (http: // When not hacking new HTML pages or writing about them, "Dr. Bill" (Ph.D. in biophysics from Loyola University of Chicago, of all things!) is out promoting a line of mobile, autonomous robots as real-world platforms for artificial intelligence and fuzzy logic research and for education (http: // Or he's out drumming up writing assignments from his former colleagues at IDG's SunWorld/Advanced Systems Magazine (now SunWorld Online; http: //, where he served as a senior editor-features (at-large over the Internet, of course) for nearly five years. Contact Dr. Bill directly at

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