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HTML Artistry: More Than Code Paperback – May, 1998
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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
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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.
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The way this book progresses is excellent. It starts off with classic HTML, then goes on to site navigation including the incredibly useful rollOver effects and client-side image maps followed by coverage of graphics and colors. All of these areas alone were enough to drastically improve the way I approach desiging my websites and make purchasing this book worthwhile. What this book does is give you a whole new mindset about what good web design really is by talking about practices that work and those that don't and reiterating their points through helpful real-world examples.
The reason I have given this book 4 stars rather than 5 is because of it's second part. I feel that chapter 8 tried too hard to be almost a Dynamic HTML tutorial rather than an overview of the important subjects which they had been excelling in doing all along. I think that the DHTML coverage became too detailed and specific at certain points. If you want a complete tutorial on DHTML, I strongly reccomend Dynamic HTML: The Definitive Resource by Danny Goodman.
All in all, I feel that Mrs. Ibanez and Mrs. Zee did a superb job at cutting the fat and getting to the important stuff so that you could instantly become a smarter web designer. I strongly reccomend that you buy this book.
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).
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 ...?
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.