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Web Design in a Nutshell contains the nitty-gritty on everything you need to know to design Web pages. It's the good stuff, without the fluff, written and organized so that answers can be found quickly. Written by veteran Web designer Jennifer Niederst, this book provides quick access to the wide range of front-end technologies and techniques from which Web designers and authors must draw.

<p>It is an excellent reference for HTML 4.0 tags (including tables, frames, and Cascading Style Sheets) with special attention given to browser support and platform idiosyncrasies. The HTML section is more than a reference work, though. It details strange behavior in tables, for instance, and gives ideas and workarounds for using tables and frames on your site. <i>Web Design in a Nutshell</i> also covers multimedia and interactivity, audio and video, and emerging technologies like Dynamic HTML, XML, embedded fonts, and internationalization.</p> <p>The book includes:</p> <ul> <li>Discussions of the Web environment, monitors, and browsers</li> <li>A complete reference to HTML and Server Side Includes, including browser support for every tag and attribute</li> <li>Chapters on creating GIF, JPEG and PNG graphics, including designing with the Web Palette</li> <li>Information on multimedia and interactivity, including audio, video, Flash, Shockwave, and JavaScript</li> <li>Detailed tutorial and reference on Cascading Style Sheets, including an appendix of browser compatibility information</li> <li>Appendices detailing HTML tags, attributes, deprecated tags, proprietary tags, and CSS compatibility</li> </ul> <br /> <br /> 

Book News Annotation:

Includes discussions of the Web environment, monitors, and browsers; a complete reference to HTML and Server Side Includes, containing browser support for every tag and attribute; chapters on creating GIF, JPEG, and PNG graphics, and designing with the Web Palette; information on multimedia and interactivity, including audio, video, Flash, Shockwave, and JavaScript; a tutorial and reference on Cascading Style Sheets; and appendices on detailing HTML tags, attributes, deprecated and proprietary tags, and CSS compatibility. This is not a source for programming, scripting, or server functions, but is geared to all levels of expertise, including the lack thereof.
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Synopsis:

Web designer Jennifer Niederst covers a multitude of topics, including understanding the Web environment, HTML, graphics, multimedia and interactivity, and emerging technologies.

Synopsis:

"Web Design in a Nutshell contains the nitty-gritty on everything youneed to know to design Web pages. It's the good stuff, without the fluff, organized so that answers can be found quickly. Written byveteran Web designer Jennifer Niederst, this book provides quick accessto the wide range of technologies and techniques from which Web designersand authors must draw. Topics include understanding the Web environment, HTML, graphics, multimedia and interactivity, and emerging technologies. "Web Design in a Nutshell addresses broad challenges that are specific to Web design, such as designing for unknown viewing conditions and deciding what technologies to support. The book provides strategies for designing in this unique environment, as well as background informationon how the browsers handle color, fonts, graphics, and multimedia elements. It is an excellent reference for HTML 4.0 tags (including tables, frames, style sheets, and JavaScript) with special attention given to browser supportand platform idiosyncrasies.

Synopsis:

Web Design in a Nutshell contains the nitty-gritty on everything you need to know to design Web pages. It's the good stuff, without the fluff, written and organized so that answers can be found quickly. Written by veteran Web designer Jennifer Niederst, this book provides quick access to the wide range of front-end technologies and techniques from which Web designers and authors must draw.

It is an excellent reference for HTML 4.0 tags (including tables, frames, and Cascading Style Sheets) with special attention given to browser support and platform idiosyncrasies. The HTML section is more than a reference work, though. It details strange behavior in tables, for instance, and gives ideas and workarounds for using tables and frames on your site. Web Design in a Nutshell also covers multimedia and interactivity, audio and video, and emerging technologies like Dynamic HTML, XML, embedded fonts, and internationalization.

The book includes:

  • Discussions of the Web environment, monitors, and browsers
  • A complete reference to HTML and Server Side Includes, including browser support for every tag and attribute
  • Chapters on creating GIF, JPEG and PNG graphics, including designing with the Web Palette
  • Information on multimedia and interactivity, including audio, video, Flash, Shockwave, and JavaScript
  • Detailed tutorial and reference on Cascading Style Sheets, including an appendix of browser compatibility information
  • Appendices detailing HTML tags, attributes, deprecated tags, proprietary tags, and CSS compatibility

About the Author

Niederst was one of the first designers for the Web. She has taught Web design at the Massachusetts College of Art and the Interactive Factory in Boston, MA.

Table of Contents

Preface; Contents; Conventions Used in This Book; Request for Comments; Acknowledgments; The Web Environment; Chapter 1: Designing for a Variety of Browsers; 1.1 Browsers; 1.2 Design Strategies; 1.3 Writing Good HTML; 1.4 Knowing Your Audience; 1.5 Considering Your Site's Purpose; 1.6 Test! Test! Test!; Chapter 2: Designing for a Variety of Displays; 2.1 Dealing with Unknown Monitor Resolutions; 2.2 Fixed versus Flexible Web Page Design; 2.3 Accessibility; 2.4 Alternative Displays; Chapter 3: Web Design Principles for Print Designers; 3.1 Color on the Web; 3.2 Graphics on the Web; 3.3 Typography on the Web; Chapter 4: A Beginner's Guide to the Server; 4.1 Servers 101; 4.2 Introduction to Unix; 4.3 File Naming Conventions; 4.4 Uploading Documents (FTP); 4.5 File (MIME) Types; HTML; Chapter 5: HTML Overview; 5.1 HTML Editing Tools; 5.2 WYSIWYG Authoring Tools; 5.3 Document Structure; 5.4 HTML Tags; 5.5 Information Browsers Ignore; 5.6 Tips on Good HTML Style; 5.7 Specifying Color in HTML; 5.8 Character Entities; 5.9 HTML Resources in This Book; Chapter 6: Structural HTML Tags; 6.1 Summary of Structural Tags; 6.2 Setting Up an HTML Document; 6.3 Global Settings with the Tag; 6.4 Using Tags; Chapter 7: Formatting Text; 7.1 Summary of Text Tags; 7.2 Working with HTML Text; 7.3 Inline Type Styles; 7.4 The Tag; 7.5 Lists; 7.6 Layout Techniques with HTML; Chapter 8: Creating Links; 8.1 Summary of Tags Related to Linking; 8.2 Simple Hypertext Links; 8.3 Linking Within a Document; 8.4 Affecting the Appearance of Links; 8.5 Targeting Windows; 8.6 Imagemaps; 8.7 Non-Web Links and Protocols; Chapter 9: Adding Images and Other Page Elements; 9.1 Summary of Object Placement Tags; 9.2 Horizontal Rules; 9.3 Image Basics; 9.4 The Tag and Its Attributes; 9.5 Adding Java Applets to the Page; 9.6 Adding Plug-in Media with ; 9.7 Adding Media Files with ; Chapter 10: Tables; 10.1 Summary of Table Tags; 10.2 Introduction to Tables; 10.3 Basic Table Structure; 10.4 Affecting Table Appearance; 10.5 Table Troubleshooting; 10.6 Tips and Tricks; 10.7 Standard Table Templates; 10.8 Multipart Images in Tables; Chapter 11: Frames; 11.1 Summary of Frame Tags; 11.2 Introduction to Frames; 11.3 Basic Frameset Structure; 11.4 Frame Function and Appearance; 11.5 Targeting Frames; 11.6 Inline (Floating) Frames; 11.7 Frame Design Tips and Tricks; Chapter 12: Forms; 12.1 Summary of Form Tags; 12.2 Introduction to Forms; 12.3 The Basic Form (
); 12.4 Form Elements; 12.5 New Form Attributes (HTML 4.0); 12.6 Affecting the Appearance of Forms; 12.7 Unconventional Use of Form Elements; 12.8 Demystifying CGI; Chapter 13: Server Side Includes; 13.1 How SSI Is Used; 13.2 SSI and the Server; 13.3 Adding SSI Commands to a Document; 13.4 Using Environment Variables; 13.5 XSSI; 13.6 List of Elements; 13.7 Include Variables; 13.8 Time Formats for SSI Output; Graphics; Chapter 14: GIF Format; 14.1 GIF87a versus GIF89a; 14.2 Eight-Bit Indexed Color; 14.3 GIF Compression; 14.4 When to Use GIFs; 14.5 Tools Overview; 14.6 Interlacing; 14.7 Transparency; 14.8 Minimizing GIF File Sizes; Chapter 15: JPEG Format; 15.1 24-bit Color; 15.2 JPEG Compression; 15.3 When to Use JPEGs; 15.4 Progressive JPEGs; 15.5 JPEGs in AOL BrowsersThanks to Max Leach for his assistance with this topic.; 15.6 Creating JPEGs; 15.7 Minimizing JPEG File Size; Chapter 16: PNG Format; 16.1 Platform/Browser Support; 16.2 8-Bit Palette, Grayscale, and Truecolor; 16.3 PNG Compression; 16.4 When to Use PNGs; 16.5 Special Features; 16.6 Creating PNG Files; 16.7 Optimizing PNG File Size; 16.8 Online PNG Resources; Chapter 17: Designing Graphics with the Web Palette; 17.1 The Web Palette; 17.2 Other Palettes; 17.3 Image Types; 17.4 Designing with Web-Safe Colors; 17.5 Converting to the Web Palette; 17.6 Survey of Web Graphics Tools; 17.7 Color Blenders; 17.8 Where to Learn More; Multimedia and Interactivity; Chapter 18: Animated GIFs; 18.1 How They Work; 18.2 Using Animated GIFs; 18.3 Browser Support; 18.4 Tools; 18.5 Creating Animated GIFs; 18.6 Optimizing Animated GIFs; Chapter 19: Audio on the Web; 19.1 Copyright Issues; 19.2 Audio Tools OverviewA big thank you goes to Chris Florio for compiling this list of audio tools.; 19.3 Basic Digital Audio Concepts; 19.4 Nonstreaming versus Streaming; 19.5 Nonstreaming (Static) Audio; 19.6 Streaming Audio; 19.7 Bibliography; Chapter 20: Video on the Web; 20.1 Tools OverviewThanks go to Chris Florio for compiling this tools overview.; 20.2 Basic Digital Video Concepts; 20.3 Compression; 20.4 Video File Formats; 20.5 Streaming Video Technologies; 20.6 Adding Video to an HTML Document; 20.7 Bibliography; Chapter 21: Interactivity; 21.1 Flash; 21.2 Shockwave for Director; 21.3 Java Applets; 21.4 Interactive Buttons with JavaScript; Chapter 22: Introduction to JavaScript; 22.1 JavaScript Basics; 22.2 Sample Scripts; 22.3 Handling Multiple Browsers; 22.4 Browser Compatibility; Emerging Technologies; Chapter 23: Cascading Style Sheets; 23.1 Introduction; 23.2 How Style Sheets Work; 23.3 Selectors; 23.4 Specifying Values; 23.5 Properties; 23.6 Positioning with Style Sheets; 23.7 What's New in CSS2; 23.8 Style Sheet Tips and Tricks; 23.9 Browser Support Charts; Chapter 24: Introduction to DHTML; 24.1 Advantages to Using DHTML; 24.2 Disadvantages; 24.3 Learning DHTML; 24.4 Browser Differences; 24.5 The Document Object Model; 24.6 DHTML Examples; 24.7 DHTML Tools; 24.8 Where to Learn More; Chapter 25: Introduction to XML; 25.1 Background; 25.2 Document Type Definition (DTD); 25.3 XML Syntax Basics; 25.4 Examples of XML Technology; 25.5 Where to Learn More; Chapter 26: Embedded Font Technology; 26.1 Using Embedded Fonts; 26.2 TrueDoc Technology ("Dynamic Fonts"); 26.3 OpenType (for Internet Explorer); Chapter 27: Internationalization; 27.1 Character Sets; 27.2 HTML 4.0 Language Tags; 27.3 For More Information; Appendixes; HTML Tags and Elements; Attributes Key; ; ; ; ; --D; ; ; ; --D; ; --IE; ; --NN;
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