Dynamic HTML for Dummies (with CD-ROM)


Dynamic HTML is heating up the Web, or at least the pages that use it. With dynamic HTML, you can design sophisticated page layouts, create animated pages, connect to databases, modify pages on the fly, incorporate cool multimedia, create Web channels, and a whole lot more. Is it difficult? Not with Dynamic HTML For Dummies.

Michael I. Hyman, an expert on dynamic HTML and Internet technology, goes beyond basics and shows anyone who knows HTML how to write the code that makes Web...

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Dynamic HTML is heating up the Web, or at least the pages that use it. With dynamic HTML, you can design sophisticated page layouts, create animated pages, connect to databases, modify pages on the fly, incorporate cool multimedia, create Web channels, and a whole lot more. Is it difficult? Not with Dynamic HTML For Dummies.

Michael I. Hyman, an expert on dynamic HTML and Internet technology, goes beyond basics and shows anyone who knows HTML how to write the code that makes Web pages sing. Discover how to use Cascading Style Sheets, write scripts to respond to user events, integrate low-bandwidth multimedia in your pages, add online databases to your site, and everything else you need to know. Plus, Dynamic HTML For Dummies is written in plain English with plenty of examples and lots of fun in mind.

In addition, the book contains a bonus CD-ROM that features software that you can use to create your own dynamic HTML pages, including

  • Dynamic HTML sample programs to get you started
  • Internet Explorer 4.0, the popular Web browser from Microsoft
  • HomeSite, a powerful HTML editor from Allaire
  • PaintShop Pro, a shareware image editing tool from JASC, and CoolEdit 96, a sound editing tool from Syntrillium Software Corporation

Dynamic HTML For Dummies can help you make fantastic Web sites a reality.

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Library Journal
"Dynamic HTML" is a euphemism for "the standard tags are not enough and you have to learn some programming." Hyman introduces the dynamic object model, Cascading Style Sheets, and scripting languages like VBscript and Jscript. Like most books in the IDG series, this one is well written and entertaining. One caveat: the examples are Microsoft-centric, and some of the nonstandard suggestions here will not be supported in Netscape. For larger collections as an adjunct to Campbell. Since Netscape still has about 60 percent of the browser market, web authors exclude a lot of readers by designing for Internet Explorer 4. Campbell's book is for folks who want to design for all browsers. In a two-chapters-per-day seminar, Campbell covers all the bases and nicely balances the hands-on practical tips with underlying theory. He concludes with some worthwhile thoughts on "How much dynamic is too much?" Highly recommended for both beginners and advanced HTML users moving to the dynamic model and JavaScript. While Darnell does not use the word "dynamic" in the title, his bible covers everything dynamic: HTML, JavaScript, ActiveX, Java and the CGI, and even XML. To cover all that ground, he makes some assumptions, so this is not a book for beginners. It can work as a great quick reference for power users. For larger collections.
Dummies veteran Hyman begins with fundamentals, such as what an object model is and layout techniques for improving Web site organization. Later sections cover multimedia and how to get it; advanced Dynamic HTML techniques, such as using data binding, creating channels, and constructing pages that work on multiple browsers; and top ten lists of key HTML features. The CD-ROM contains Microsoft's Internet Explorer 4.0, HomeSite (an HTML editor), PaintShop Pro, and ready-to- cut-and-paste samples. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780764502835
  • Publisher: Wiley, John & Sons, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 12/28/1997
  • Series: For Dummies Series
  • Edition description: BK&CD-ROM
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 416
  • Product dimensions: 7.40 (w) x 9.24 (h) x 1.02 (d)

Table of Contents


Who This Book Is For
How This Book Is Organized
About the CD
Icons Used in This Book

Part I: Everything You Wanted to Know about Dynamic HTML but Were Afraid to Ask

Chapter 1: Introducing...Dynamic HTML!

Getting Started with Dynamic HTML
The Knights Who Say OM
Script Writing? Sure, See My Agent
The unbearable lightness of scripting
A quick example
Unidentified Flying Objects
Window on the world
setInterval and clearInterval
A simple out-of-the-way clock
Location, location, location
I screen, you screen, we all screen for ice screen
Back to our documentary
Collections and Shortcuts

Chapter 2: The Best Laid-Out Pages of Mice and Men

Heading to the Beach
Size Me Up, Size Me Down
Stupid Table Tricks
Variation No. 1: Sizing the image
Variation No. 2: Central columns
Variation No. 3: Alignment
Curses, Framed Again
Breaking up is easy to do
Who framed Web Page Rabbit?
Fine-Tuning Font Size
Combining things
Using style sheets
Creating new styles
Changing styles programmatically

Chapter 3: A Surprising Turn of Events

All Is Quiet Except for the Mouse
Get right on it
Over and out, good buddy
City clickers
Client-side image maps
Where am I? How did I get here?
Menu highlighting
I'll Try Not to Sing Out of Key
Page Events

Chapter 4: 2-D Fruity

Why Bother?
2-D or Not 2-D, That Is the Question
My position on the issue is...
Containment vessels
Relatively speaking
Zzzzz...wake up!
When style fails
Animating an Object

Chapter 5: Input Your Right Foot In

Red Alert
Forms, Forms, Everywhere Forms
Input family values
Setting the values
Video killed the radio star
The Select Few
Justice Is Served

Chapter 6: Textual Healing

In the Zone
Changing color
Changing font characteristics
Changing style
Jamming with the Style Council
Finding Your Inner Text
Reading the values
Writing the values
Creating a form letter

Part II: All the World's a Stage

Chapter 7: Filter Up, Please

Something in the Way She Moves "Effects" Me Like No Other
Who knows what evil lurks in the hearts of men?
Don't you ever break the chain
Looking through a glass onion
Get with the program
Back in the highlight again
Love is love, not fade away
Take a walk on the wild side

Chapter 8: Web Pages, Hollywood Style

Da da da da da da...Wipe Out!
Back-to-back adventures
Low-sparkled high-heel boys
Sweet transitions from Transylvania
Working on the chain gang
Blending into the background
Cheap tricks of the trade
The Page Is White, the Page Is Black

Chapter 9: Touch Me, See Me, Hear Me

Pump Up the Jam
RAdical, Dude
Mixing the Night Away
Sound and Vision

Chapter 10: The Path to Success

Follow the Yellow Brick Path
Movin' on up
Things are shaping up
They bounce, they bounce, they bounce, they bounce
Get with the program
Follow the bouncing ball

Chapter 11: Time After Time

I got a message from the action set
Delayed for a moment
Ready? Set. Action!
Repeat after me
The last action hero
And Now, for Something Completely Real

Chapter 12: The Graphic Details

Art 101
Green Ovals and Lemon Pies
All the Commands That Are Fit to Draw
Twist and Shout
Sit on it and scale
Reverse commute
Some Cool Things to Try Out
3-D font tricks
Ticking away the moments that make up a dull day
Shamalama WebDings dong

Chapter 13: In Sprite of It All

Mickey and Minnie GIF
Despritely Seeking Susan
Stop, baby. What's that sprite?
Play it again, Sam
Jumping sprite flash
Glowing cactus buttons

Part III: Hard-Core HTML Hacking

Chapter 14: The Data That Binds Us

Bind -- James Bind
Have you ever seen a database go this way and that way?
I want my CSV
A tale of light bindage
In the raw
It takes all types
A Sorted Affair

Chapter 15: Same Bat Time, Same Bat Channel

Channel Surfing
XCDF Generator X
Adding the Subscribe Button
Save Our Screens
You're Pushing It
A Tag in the Hat

Chapter 16: Working with Other Browsers

The Golden Oldies
Who Am I?
Shampooing and Conditionalizing Code
The Invisible Frame Trick
Text Implants
Under Control

Part IV: The Part of Tens

Chapter 17: The Top Ten HTML Tags: Don't Leave Home Without 'Em

Chapter 18: The Object Model of My Desire: The Top Ten Methods and Properties

Chapter 19: Stepping Out in Style: The Top Ten (Or So) Properties of the Style Object

Chapter 20: The Ten Events That You've Been Waiting For

Chapter 21: Mike's Ten Rules of Web Authoring

Rule No. 1: Avoid temptation
Rule No. 2: Good things come in small packages
Rule No. 3: Feedback is everything
Rule No. 4: Timing is everything
Rule No. 5: Size matters
Rule No. 6: Reduce, recycle, reuse
Rule No. 7: Think globally
Rule No. 8: Not all machines are created equal
Rule No. 9: Not all browsers are created equal
Rule No. 10: Have fun

Appendix A: Tag, You're It

Appendix B: Tales from the JScript

Appendix C: About the CD


IDG Books Worldwide, Inc., End-User License Agreement

Installation Instructions

Book Registration Information

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