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Product Details

  • Paperback: 286 pages
  • Publisher: Hayden Books (May 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1568304544
  • ISBN-13: 978-1568304540
  • Product Dimensions: 10 x 8.1 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,796,676 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Amazon.com Review

Most HTML books focus on either technical how-to guidance or design advice, but this outstanding full-color book does both, and quite well. Authors Ibanez and Zee first detail core HTML concepts, including such tasks as using tables and frames in layout; building a coherent navigational system with graphical and text links and headers and footers; working with type and applying type effects; understanding color and the Web palette; and customizing your Web site using JavaScript. Next you learn all about working with Dynamic HTML (DHTML), layers, cascading style sheets, interactivity, animations, and transitions. Appendices offer HTML, style sheet, and DHTML reference lists.

Each chapter includes case studies, sample HTML code, a summary, and a discussion of cross-platform and cross-browser compatibility issues. You also get profiles of outstanding designers and their work. Even though each chapter builds on the previous ones, any aspiring designer can glean lots of insight just by jumping to any topic in this well-written, well-designed book. - -Kathleen Caster

From Library Journal

Iba?ez and Zee offer a broad discussion of advanced graphic web design using HTML 4, cascading style sheets, and dynamic HTML. They begin with classic HTML design and then leap into dynamic HTML and Shockwave. Good instruction is accompanied by great case studies.
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc.

Customer Reviews

The authors have striked a nice balance between usefulness and inspiration.
"napraforgo"
I have used this book in planning the layout of my website, getting ideas for client's sites, and for simple research on what the current standards are.
hypertech@longlivethemac.com
The authors have done quite a lot of work in the web and graphic design industry and it shows with this book.
Tazinator

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Christopher on January 15, 2000
Format: Paperback
Thank God this book is NOT for the person who trashed the text in the earlier review. There is a glut of books for the beginner--books that really make me laugh when the covers scream "start designing web pages in a weekend!". This book is for those of us that have a background in design, that are paid professionals who are searching for fresh ideas from colleagues, and not "design gurus" who promise web success.
For the beginners to web design: get a Dummies book, and then pick up a few books on Dreamweaver and Photoshop, and a few months later pick up this book. Your appreciation of the text will be far different than if this is your sole resource on coding HTML.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By makiwi on February 20, 2000
Format: Paperback
This is not really a book for learning HTML or Javascript or any of the tools used to create the sites profiled, and it's not a reference book either. Rather, it's a book for getting inspiration on innovative ways of doing things. Other books in this category include "Click Here" by Raymond Pirouz, "Web Design Studio Secrets", and probably the original one of this type, "Killer Websites" and its second edition by David Siegel. All books of this type tend to be opinionated but perhaps this one is a bit less obvious than some others. However it's important to keep in mind that it's the authors that selected the sites to include. And of course everyone has a different opinion as to what constitutes good, innovative design. So the question is...what can you get from books like this that you can't get from surfing around and viewing the source code of sites you like? Well, this book does include lots of sample code and some useful appendices, and the instruction parts are quite clear. Most of all it leads you to sites you may not have been aware of that are pushing the design envelope on the web. Last but not least, it's quite well written. It's probably most useful to intermediate + web designers.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Jordan on January 17, 2000
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This book is rich with graphics, case studies, and examples and showed me creative ideas on employing basic methods (tables, frames, layers) to create complicating layouts. A must for all levels of web designers. (Do note that the quality declines slightly in the 2nd portion of the book)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Joseph Martz on June 14, 2000
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First off, it's a decent book. It's full of great ideas, theteaching methodology works and, of course, it's beautifully designed-- that's the whole point, really.
There is, however, a lot to gripe about. This book was pretty obviously rushed to press (No surprise there; at two years old, it's already something of a relic); there are clues to this throughout. The most obvious of them is the "Chapter 8" footer that you find running through Chapters 1 & 5; yes, they split up Chapter 8, but they forgot to rewrite its footers. Those last-minute reshufflings might account for why you've got some impossibly indecipherable code as early as Chapter 2 (The authors say at the outset that their objective in each chapter is to build on what they've covered so far; no joy there).
Every page has got at least one thing wrong with it -- murky graphics, graphics as many as five pages late, irrelevant graphics subbed in for the real McCoy -- never mind the bad grammar. And then, of course, there is the title: "HTML Artistry". There is at least as much JavaScript in this book as there is HTML.
My copy I managed to pick up cheap in an amazon.com auction. Would I have paid full price not knowing what I know now? No, thankfully. If you yourself aren't sure whether or not you want to then why not check out its accompanying website first. You like what you see ...?
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By hypertech@longlivethemac.com on February 4, 1999
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HTML Artistry is one of the greatest titles in the web design category. I have used this book in planning the layout of my website, getting ideas for client's sites, and for simple research on what the current standards are. If you do ANY web design, and want to do it well, put this book on your bookshelf. Or rather, open on your desk.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Adam Gottschalk on March 13, 2001
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I went into the bookstore looking for...well, I wasn't exactly sure what, but it turned out to be this. It fit the niche I was looking for to a T. In between design inspiration and coding. I disagree with other reviewers (even though they're all positive!) who imply that this book isn't good for learning code. True that is not its main intent (to shove code down your throat), but presented in this volume is exactly the way I like to learn code (html, cgi, javascript, etc.)--little snippet examples tied to actual applications, examples from which I can extrapolate or that I can use as a foundation for looking further into a given technique if I choose to.
I do agree with those who say the main intent here is to keep you in mind of the bigger picture: dreaming up intriguing and appropriate ways of creating a dynamic and "alive" interface for your site.
The fact that the design of the book is every bit as pleasing as the design and functionality of the sites covered in it just adds to the impact. And their own companion site is a really dynamite tool, the icing on the cake. And then of course the tone and humor of the copy from Ms. Ibanez and Ms. Zee also helps to keep a potentially dry subject interesting. It's hard to read though...you want to put the book down and go design some cool sites quick! I'm definitely looking forward to Volume 2 due out in April 2001.
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