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Html & XHTML the Definitive Guide 4TH Edition


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Publisher Comments:

HTML is changing so fast it's almost impossible to keep up with developments. XHTML is HTML 4.0 rewritten in XML; it provides the precision of XML while retaining the flexibility of HTML. HTML & XHTML: The Definitive Guide, 4th Edition, brings it all together. It's the most comprehensive book available on HTML and XHTML today. It covers Netscape Navigator 6.0, Internet Explorer 5.0, HTML 4.01, XHTML 1.0, JavaScript, Style sheets, Layers, and all of the features supported by the popular web browsers.Learning HTML and XHTML is like learning any new language, computer or human. Most students first immerse themselves in examples. Studying others is a natural way to learn, making learning easy and fun. Imitation can take learning only so far, though. It's as easy to learn bad habits through imitation as it is to acquire good ones. The better way to become HTML-fluent is through a comprehensive reference that covers the language syntax, semantics, and variations in detail and demonstrates the difference between good and bad usage.HTML & XHTML: The Definitive Guide, 4th Edition, helps in both ways: the authors cover every element of HTML/XHTML in detail, explaining how each element works and how it interacts with other elements. Many hints about HTML/XHTML style smooth the way for writing documents that range from simple online documentation to complex presentations. With hundreds of examples, the book gives web authors models for writing their own effective web pages and for mastering advanced features, like style sheets and frames.HTML & XHTML: The Definitive Guide, 4th Edition, shows how to:

  • Implement the XHTML 1.0 standard and prepare web pages for the transition to XML browsers
  • Use style sheets and layers to control a document's appearance
  • Create tables, from simple to complex
  • Use frames to coordinate sets of documents
  • Design and build interactive forms and dynamic documents
  • Insert images, sound files, video, Java applets, and JavaScript programs
  • Create documents that look good on a variety of browsers
The book comes with a handy quick reference card listing HTML tags.

Book News Annotation:

This guide to creating web documents using HTML and XHTML starts with basic syntax and semantics, and finishes with broad style guidelines for designing accessible documents that can be delivered to a browser. Links, formatted lists, cascading style sheets, forms, tables, and frames are covered. The fourth edition is updated to HTML 4.01 and XHTML 1.0.
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This fourth edition is the most comprehensive book available on a subject that's changing so fast it's almost impossible to keep up with developments. The book covers HTML 4.0 and 4.01, XHTML 1.0, JavaScript, Style Sheet, Layers and the features supported by the popular Web browsers. Filled with examples, sample code and practical, hands-on advice.


Updated for XHTML, the fourth edition of our popular HTML guideis fullof examples, sample code, and practical hands-on advicefor creating truly effective web pages and mastering advanced features.Web authors learn how to insert images and othermultimedia elements, create useful links and searchable documents, use extensions, design great forms, and much more. This complete guide describes basic syntax and semantics and showshow to create beautiful, informative, and dynamic web documents.The authors cover every element of the currently accepted version of the language and explain how each element works and interacts with all the other elements. They've also included a style guide that shows how best to use HTML/XHTML to accomplish a variety of tasks, from simple online documentation to complex presentations.

About the Author

Musciano has a B.S. from Georgia Tech and has written on Unix and Web-related topics.
Bill Kennedy is the artistic director of the Scream Literary Festival, a poetry editor for Coach House Books, and an organizer of the Lexiconjury Reading Series. Darren Wershler-Henry teaches communication studies at Wilfrid Laurier University and is the author of "Free as in Speech and Beer" and "The Tapeworm Foundry," They both live in Toronto.

Table of Contents

Preface; Our Audience; Text Conventions; Versions and Semantics; Is HTML Going Away?; We'd Like to Hear from You; Acknowledgments; Chapter 1: HTML, XHTML, and the World Wide Web; 1.1 The Internet, Intranets,and Extranets; 1.2 Talking the Internet Talk; 1.3 HTML: What It Is; 1.4 XHTML: What It Is; 1.5 HTML and XHTML: What They Aren't; 1.6 Nonstandard Extensions; 1.7 Tools for the Web Designer; Chapter 2: Quick Start; 2.1 Writing Tools; 2.2 A First HTML Document; 2.3 Embedded Tags; 2.4 HTML Skeleton; 2.5 The Flesh on an HTML or XHTML Document; 2.6 Text; 2.7 Hyperlinks; 2.8 Images Are Special; 2.9 Lists, Searchable Documents, and Forms; 2.10 Tables; 2.11 Frames; 2.12 Style Sheets and JavaScript; 2.13 Forging Ahead; Chapter 3: Anatomy of an HTML Document; 3.1 Appearances Can Deceive; 3.2 Structure of an HTML Document; 3.3 Tags and Attributes; 3.4 Well-Formed Documents and XHTML; 3.5 Document Content; 3.6 HTML Document Elements; 3.7 The Document Header; 3.8 The Document Body; 3.9 Editorial Markup; 3.10 The Tag; Chapter 4: Text Basics; 4.1 Divisions and Paragraphs; 4.2 Headings; 4.3 Changing Text Appearance; 4.4 Content-Based Style Tags; 4.5 Physical Style Tags; 4.6 HTML's Expanded Font Handling; 4.7 Precise Spacing and Layout; 4.8 Block Quotes; 4.9 Addresses; 4.10 Special Character Encoding; Chapter 5: Rules, Images, and Multimedia; 5.1 Horizontal Rules; 5.2 Inserting Images in Your Documents; 5.3 Document Colors and Background Images; 5.4 Background Audio; 5.5 Animated Text; 5.6 Other Multimedia Content; Chapter 6: Links and Webs; 6.1 Hypertext Basics; 6.2 Referencing Documents: The URL; 6.3 Creating Hyperlinks; 6.4 Creating Effective Links; 6.5 Mouse-Sensitive Images; 6.6 Creating Searchable Documents; 6.7 Relationships; 6.8 Supporting Document Automation; Chapter 7: Formatted Lists; 7.1 Unordered Lists; 7.2 Ordered Lists; 7.3 The
  • Tag; 7.4 Nesting Lists; 7.5 Definition Lists; 7.6 Appropriate List Usage; 7.7 Directory Lists; 7.8 Menu Lists; Chapter 8: Cascading Style Sheets; 8.1 The Elements of Styles; 8.2 Style Syntax; 8.3 Style Classes; 8.4 Style Properties; 8.5 Tag-less Styles: The Tag; 8.6 Applying Styles to Documents; Chapter 9: Forms; 9.1 Form Fundamentals; 9.2 The
    Tag; 9.3 A Simple Form Example; 9.4 Using Email to Collect Form Data; 9.5 The Tag; 9.6 The