- Series: HTML & XHTML: Definitive Guide
- Paperback: 672 pages
- Publisher: O'Reilly Media; 4 edition (August 2000)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 7302076065
- ISBN-13: 978-0596000264
- ASIN: 059600026X
- Product Dimensions: 7 x 1.3 x 9.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,719,603 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Plenty of books can teach you HTML quickly, getting you up to speed and hacking out Web pages in no time. HTML & XHTML: The Definitive Guide offers a more comprehensive and pragmatic look at the de facto markup language of today, as well as the emerging next step.
Most of the book is entirely relevant to basic HTML coding without any concern for XHTML. The latter, more cutting-edge flavor of markup is covered in depth near the end of the book. The entire specifications for the HTML 4.01 and XHTML 1.0 Document Type Definitions (DTDs) are included among the appendices.
While HTML & XHTML: The Definitive Guide is an excellent tutorial for learning markup the right way, it is also a superb desktop reference guide to keep nearby for daily use. Perhaps, there is no greater compliment for a Web development book. --Stephen W. Plain
- Markup basics
- HTML document structure
- Text handling
- Links and URLs
- Formatted lists
- Cascading style sheets
- Applets and objects
- Dynamic documents
- Netscape Layout Extensions
'... a well priced and written, comprehnensive HTML and XHTML guide which continues to be useful as a language reference' Rating 9/10 Linux Format, December 2000 'If you want the very best reference manual to HTML and its latest developments ... this is it. I guarantee that no matter which other web page design books you might have on your shelves, this is the one to which you will keep coming back ... again and again.... www.mantex.co.uk
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Top Customer Reviews
The book is an easy read for anyone and explains every tag imaginable in detail. I really have no complaints except for maybe a few minor issues. A lot of depreciated tags are mentioned very early on in the book let the author does not list any viable alternatives except CSS. The CSS chapter is halfway through the book and only talks about very basic CSS commands. Ifyou are really serious about HTML I would recommend purchasing Orielly's CSS book unless you want to continue using depreciated tags.
Overall, I think this is the best HTML book available. I haven't read a bad Orielly book yet.
Coverage of CSS and XHTML (the ultimate replacement of HTML) is sparse, so a 5th edition should hopefully cover more.
If you want to learn web design as is used by the industry (tables for layout, one pixel transparent gifs, Flash, etc.), you need to go to another book.
The latest browsers (NS 6.x, Opera 6.x, Konqueror, IE 6.x, etc.) are very standards-compliant. By W3C standards, presentation characteristics should be handled mostly by CSS. To learn HTML the markup language, however, this book does its job.
I've been doing web design for three or four years now and I still managed to find quite a few new "tricks" in several chapters that I hadn't known about before. While the book may not be for total HTML novices, anyone with some HTML knowledge will learn quite a bit here. I certainly have.
This book is excellent, especially if you're looking for an in-depth HTML reference book.
I am not a programmer, and I think novices could still appreciate this book. However, I *strongly* recommend that potential readers have some exposure to HTML and understand how it works before purchasing. (Check out Jennifer Niederst's excellent "Learning Web Design" if you need a tutorial on the Internet and HTML.) In any case, the book is mainly geared towards experienced programmers, but I honestly believe that anyone can get the most out of this book if they are willing to experiment with HTML continually through trial and error.
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