HTML & XHTML: The Definitive Guide: The Definitive Guide

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"O'Reilly Media, Inc.", Oct 17, 2006 - Computers - 680 pages
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"...lucid, in-depth descriptions of the behavior of every HTML tag on every major browser and platform, plus enough dry humor to make the book a pleasure to read."
--Edward Mendelson, PC Magazine

"When they say 'definitive' they're not kidding."
--Linda Roeder,

Put everthing you need to know about HTML & XHTML at your fingertips. For nearly a decade, hundreds of thousands of web developers have turned to HTML & XHTML: The Definitive Guide to master standards-based web development. Truly a definitive guide, the book combines a unique balance of tutorial material with a comprehensive reference that even the most experienced web professionals keep close at hand. From basic syntax and semantics to guidelines aimed at helping you develop your own distinctive style, this classic is all you need to become fluent in the language of web design.

The new sixth edition guides you through every element of HTML and XHTML in detail, explaining how each element works and how it interacts with other elements. You'll also find detailed discussions of CSS (Cascading Style Sheets), which is intricately related to web page development. The most all-inclusive, up-to-date book on these languages available, this edition covers HTML 4.01, XHTML 1.0, and CSS2, with a preview of the upcoming XHTML2 and CSS3. Other topics include the newer initiatives in XHTML (XForms, XFrames, and modularization) and the essentials of XML for advanced readers. You'll learn how to:

  • Use style sheets to control your document's appearance
  • Work with programmatically generated HTML
  • Create tables, both simple and 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

The authors apply a natural learning approach that uses straightforward language and plenty of examples. Throughout the book, they offer suggestions for style and composition to help you decide how to best use HTML and XHTML to accomplish a variety of tasks. You'll learn what works and what doesn't, and what makes sense to those who view your web pages and what might be confusing. Written for anyone who wants to learn the language of the Web--from casual users to the full-time design professionals--this is the single most important book on HTML and XHTML you can own.

Bill Kennedy is chief technical officer of MobileRobots, Inc. When not hacking new HTML pages or writing about them, "Dr. Bill" (Ph.D. in biophysics from Loyola University of Chicago) is out promoting the company's line of mobile, autonomous robots that can be used for artificial intelligence, fuzzy logic research, and education.

Chuck Musciano began his career as a compiler writer and crafter of tools at Harris Corporations' Advanced Technology Group and is now a manager of Unix Systems in Harris' Corporate Data Center.


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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
Cascading Style Sheets
Tips Tricks and Hacks
HTML Grammar
HTMLXHTML Tag Quick Reference
Cascading Style Sheet Properties Quick Reference
The HTML 401 DTD

Executable Content
Dynamic Documents
Mobile Devices
Character Entities
Color Names and Values
Netscape Layout Extensions

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About the author (2006)

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