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ISBN-13: 978-0321311399 ISBN-10: 0321311396 Edition: 1st
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About the Author

Patrick Griffiths of London, England, has been an HTML specialist since 1999. He has worked in this specific capacity for, amongst others, Vodafone, educational establishments, and on various government projects. More recently, as a developer and instructor for his own company, Vivabit, he has given expert training to organizations such as Amnesty International, Legal and General, and London's Natural History Museum. As well as writing and maintaining the HMTL Dog Web site, he has contributed to resources such as A List Apart and the CSS Zen Garden, and is an active, well-known member of the web design community.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: New Riders; 1 edition (December 2, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0321311396
  • ISBN-13: 978-0321311399
  • Product Dimensions: 7.3 x 0.7 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,027,387 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Kiwi BIM on February 28, 2008
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This book is not a comprehensive encyclopedia of every CSS nuance, but it presents all the main areas in a very clear, but not dumbed-down manner. Basically it answered my three questions:
1. I wanted to re-write an older web site using CSS and modern HTML web stds, so where do I start?
2. What is my best approach?
3. Why would I want to do it that way?
So along the way it clarified for me how I should use divs for page structure, improve my navigation lists, specify font size in the best manner, and most of all how to use css in a structured way with minimal rewriting of styles etc for subtle changes in page requirements.
The book is probably most useful if you want to follow his emphasis and use XHTML Strict with CSS.
Very nicely written, very cleanly laid out. The associated website is useful, but the book stands alone as a very useful reference or starter for someone wanting to design their pages in an effective standards-based way.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By W. Craft.. on May 12, 2007
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Clear, concise, accurate. If I could only keep one CSS/XHTML book on my desk, this would be the one.

The author also provides an excellent website that builds on the topics covered in the book[...]
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By 45Caliber on November 26, 2007
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I spent some time really digging into other books in this category (library) with the intention of getting up to speed with modern web coding and best practices. I found this text to be the most useful, both as a learning resource and future reference guide and so, HTML Dog is now on my shelf. Note: The book is meant as a companion to an extensive online archive, and works well in this regard, as the more gimmicky (read: "fad") techniques are best excluded from the printed text.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Jeffrey W. McClure on September 9, 2010
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HTML Dog: The Best Practice Guide to XHTML and CSS is clearly a quality book, but...
- The fact is that for someone like me who last looked at HTML over a decade ago it was often confusing. The author is clearly on a campaign for purity and for using solely the latest standards, so he commonly spends time advising the reader that some older mode of coding is bad and should not be done. As a result when trying to integrate the lessons with existing code problems arise. The book appears to be quite what it claims to be, a "best practice guide" rather than a tutorial for those of us who need to start from zero.
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8 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Robin Phillips on June 8, 2007
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By far the best CSS manual I've ever read and I've read many of them. The writing, style, examples.. everything is lucid, easy to read, easy to understand. Perfect. Thank you Mr. Griffiths.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By R Round on November 3, 2010
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Not the best html book, you better know html and CSS already or you will quickly get lost. Reference section in back is confusing as heck.
Coverage on multi-media is very poor. All around confusing text with too much inference to existing html knowledge already.
You can get better free online html references that are more comprehensive then this book
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Cuong Huy To on February 21, 2011
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If you already know programming in other languages, this book will help you quickly go into HTML/CSS. It describes the terms of the HTML/CSS world by concise words. This book is of the same explanation style as "jQuery in Action".
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... and I don't mean that in a good way. Don't expect full-fledged tutorials for the beginner. Its title reads "The Best-Practice Guide to XHTML and CSS". As for being a ready reference for XHTML and CSS, as well as reaffirming W3 standards and best practices, the book (copyright 2007) is stellar. However, I found the URLs of ALL of the example pages on the [...] website that the book refers the reader to are no longer functional and can't be relied upon. Neither are contacts supported via the website. So, "buyer beware".
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