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, About.com

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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doesn't seem like a beginner's book. there aren't a lot of examples and visual representations. the author goes on and on about stuffs that is relevant but not quite teaching you core html. i got the impression that this book will be useful for someone who already knows html and just needs some advice on how to be more efficient. this is definitely not for someone who just wants to learn the language of html.  

Contents

HTML XHTML and the World Wide Web
1
Quick Start
15
Anatomy of an HTML Document
35
Text Basics
57
Rules Images and Multimedia
109
Links and Webs
159
Formatted Lists
211
Cascading Style Sheets
230
XML
472
XHTML
493
Tips Tricks and Hacks
509
HTML Grammar
525
HTMLXHTML Tag Quick Reference
535
Cascading Style Sheet Properties Quick Reference
557
The HTML 401 DTD
565
The XHTML 10 DTD
583

Forms
311
Tables
359
Frames
391
Executable Content
413
Dynamic Documents
447
Mobile Devices
457
Character Entities
602
Color Names and Values
607
Netscape Layout Extensions
611
Index
633
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