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HTML Dog: The Best-Practice Guide to XHTML and CSS [Paperback]

by Patrick Griffiths
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Book Description

December 2, 2006 0321311396 978-0321311399 1

For readers who want to design Web pages that load quickly, are easy to update, accessible to all, work on all browsers and can be quickly adapted to different media, this comprehensive guide represents the best way to go about it. By focusing on the ways the two languages--XHTML and CSS--complement each other, Web design pro Patrick Griffiths provides the fastest, most efficient way of accomplishing specific Web design tasks. With Web standards best practices at its heart, it outlines how to do things the right way from the outset, resulting in highly optimized web pages, in a quicker, easier, less painful way than users could hope for! Split into 10 easy-to-follow chapters such as Text, Images, Layout, Lists, and Forms, and coupled with handy quick-reference XHTML tag and CSS property appendixes, HTML Dog is the perfect guide and companion for anyone wanting to master these languages. Readers can also see the lessons in action with more than 70 online examples constructed especially for the book.


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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.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: New Riders; 1 edition (December 2, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0321311396
  • ISBN-13: 978-0321311399
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 7.4 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #559,958 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent guide to using CSS with XHTML Strict February 28, 2008
Format:Paperback
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
5.0 out of 5 stars A Superb Reference 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
5.0 out of 5 stars Best In Show 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
3.0 out of 5 stars Not for beginners 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
5.0 out of 5 stars best CSS book ever written June 8, 2007
Format:Paperback
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Guide you quickly into HTML/CSS February 21, 2011
Format:Paperback
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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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Cursory html coverage; better know html and CSS already November 3, 2010
By R Round
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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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4.0 out of 5 stars Good Book Overall January 22, 2013
By KD
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This was a good book for diving into XHTML and CSS. IT lays a great foundation for those wishing to learn all about HTML and CSS. The author does a good job of explaining everything as well.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars It left me wanting more...
... 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". Read more
Published 18 months ago by Charles Wilder
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it.
To be honest, I didn't appreciate this book when I first took the class because I was so new to HTML/CSS, but after a couple classes I decided to go back over it and am REALLY... Read more
Published on December 31, 2010 by Brandi Waskul
5.0 out of 5 stars Pretty good!
Loved getting the book- it was in amazing mint condition to start with, and I think this book is one of the most awesome books if you want to learn more about HTML and CSS! Read more
Published on August 28, 2010 by FJS
3.0 out of 5 stars had higher expectations
I was disappointed. 3 stars.

The content of this book is good, not great. I think the author should cut the lengthy explanations and arguments short. Read more
Published on January 24, 2010 by K. Noagbodji
5.0 out of 5 stars Beginner book but very good
This is a great book for beginning HTML and CSS quick and easy to read also with an accompanying website. I find myself referring to it all the time. Read more
Published on November 23, 2009 by ThePhotoSoupCom
3.0 out of 5 stars Not for a beginner
This book serves as a great reference, but if you don't know what css and xhtml is leave this book alone. The book only has about 100 pages of material. Read more
Published on February 18, 2009 by Wendell Daltonn Huffines
5.0 out of 5 stars fast and easy
thank you very much. delivery made in very short time, used book in excellent conditions.

great,

thank you
Published on August 31, 2008 by C. messora
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Practice XHTML & CSS
A well thought out book, easy to read and understand without knowing HTML or CSS. This is one of those book you cannot trash but only keep in your packet.
Published on June 28, 2008 by Jason Stringer
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book
HTML Dog is an amazing book for those who works with web sites development. Easy to read, easy to use, cheap to buy!
Published on May 17, 2008 by Olga Ivanova
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