HTML 4 for Dummies (with CD-ROM)


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With each new generation of HTML (HyperText Markup Language), the code that lurks behind all those cool World Wide Web pages, comes a new learning curve. Not so, say Ed Tittel and Stephen Nelson James, who insist that "if you can dial a telephone or find your keys in the morning, you too can become an HTML author. (No kidding!)"

Put their promise to the test as you discover the plain-English fundamentals of writing your way onto that wild and worldwide Web. Why spend big bucks on the latest and greatest Web authoring software when all you need is a copy of HTML 4 For Dummies and a little inspiration (not included, although tons of great ideas appear on the book's bonus CD-ROM). Instead, take this timely and informative tour through the tags, tips, and proven techniques that make the best Web pages work, and follow the entire Web publishing process, from design to maintenance, free of all that confusing technobabble and propeller-head cyberspeak.

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An engaging guide through the entire Web authoring process<-->from design through maintenance. The authors begin with tips on building better-looking Web pages, then cover HTML basics and advanced topics such as tables, complex pages, forms for feedback, maps, navigation aids, and going live. They conclude with top-ten lists: ten HTML do's and don'ts, ten ways to kill Web bugs dead, and ten elements of HTML style. The CD-ROM contains trial versions of Visual Page and Net Objects Fusion 2.0. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780764503313
  • Publisher: Wiley, John & Sons, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 2/1/1998
  • Series: For Dummies Series
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 400
  • Product dimensions: 7.40 (w) x 9.12 (h) x 0.97 (d)

Table of Contents

About This Book
How to Use This Book
Assume = Makes an A** Out of U and Me
How This Book Is Organized
Part I: Building Better Web Pages
Part II: A Tour of the HTML Basics
Part III: Advanced HTML
Part IV: The Part of Tens
Part V: Appendix
Icons Used in This Book
Where to Go from Here
Part I: Building Better Web Pages

Chapter 1: The Web's THE Place to Be!

From Small Things, Big Things Sometimes Come
What is the Web, and where is it strung?
And now, a word from our sponsor...
Before the Web: Other Internet Navigation Tools
FTP (No, it's not about flowers -- that's FTD!)
Burrowing around in Gopherspace
The beauty of mailing lists and electronic mail
Why Is the Web a "Big Deal"?
Of Browsers and Search Tools
Internet Explorer
Netscape Navigator
Uniform Resources on the Web
URLs hold the keys to the Web
Make those URL keys fit
Danger! Explosive Growth
A Scintillating Survey of the Web, Worldwide
Jumping-off points galore
Search pages, anyone?
Under the Hood: How the Web Works
Networking Takes Protocols
How Webs talk: The HyperText Transfer Protocol (HTTP)
The straight dope on HTTP
HTML: HyperText Markup Language
Accessing the Web

Chapter 2: Getting Hyper

HTML Basics
Of Links and Sausages
Jumping around inside documents
Jumping across documents (and services)
You've Used Hypertext, Without Knowing It
Beyond Text Is Multimedia
Hyperhelpers: Useful "helper" applications
The value of visuals
Mavens of multimedia
Bringing It All Together with the Web

Chapter 3: What's in a Page?

It's All in the Layout
What Are You Trying to Say?
Who's listening?
Design springs from content -- and intent
A matter of intent
Establish key messages
Think about superstructure and information flow
Grab the audience's attention...
They're after the goods...don't get in the way!
What should they remember?
Meet the Elements of Page Design
Tagging text
Titles and labels
Text and hypertext links
Overcoming two-dimensional thinking
Stringing pages together the old-fashioned way
Hierarchies are easy to model in HTML
Multiple tracks for multiple audiences
A bona fide Web wonder: The "hotlist" or "jump page"
Extending the Web, a piece at a time

Chapter 4: Building Your First Web Page
Start with the Right Tools
The Edit-Review Cycle
Working with Templates
What Comes Next?

Part II: A Tour of the HTML Basics

Chapter 5: What's a Markup Language?

A Markup Language Is Not a Form of Graffiti
Syntax is not a levy on cigarettes!
Elements of HTML syntax
Standard Generalized Markup Language (SGML)
Generalized Markup Covers Many Sins
Building better pieces and parts
Where HTML fits under the SGML umbrella
Welcome to HTML!
Delivering content to a variety of platforms
The many faces of HTML
HTML Elements!
Go to the head of the document
The bulk's in the body
The good stuff's in the graphics and links
A footer may be optional, but it's still a good idea
Ladies and Gentlemen, Start Your Engines!

Chapter 6: Pigeonholing Page Contents: HTML Categories

HTML Syntax Redux
Syntax conventions are no party!
Decoding a complex metacharacter example: ALIGN = ?
Interesting HTML properties
No embedded blanks, please!
What's the default?
The nesting instinct
HTML Categories
The rundown on attributes
Common attributes
Intrinsic events
Tag information layout
<IMG> Inline image
Tag layout commentary
The HTML tag team
<!--...--> Comments
<!DOCTYPE> Document type
<A>...</A> Anchor
<ABBR>...</ABBR> Abbreviation
<ADDRESS> ...</ADDRESS> Attribution information
<APPLET>...</APPLET> Applet
<AREA> Client-side image map hot spot
<B>...</B> Bold text
<BASE> Basis for relative addressing
<BASEFONT> Base font
<BDO>...</BDO> Bidirectional algorithm
<BIG>...</BIG> Big text
<BODY>...</BODY> Document body
<BR> Force line break
<BUTTON>...</BUTTON> Form button
<CAPTION>...</CAPTION> Table caption
<CENTER>...</CENTER> Centered text
<CITE>...</CITE> Citation markup
<CODE>...</CODE> Program code text
<COL> Column properties
<COLGROUP> Column group
<DD> Definition description
<DEL>...</DEL> Deleted text
<DFN>...</DFN> Definition of a term
<DIR>...</DIR> Directory list
<DIV>...</DIV> Logical division
<DL>...</DL> Definition list
<DT> Definition term
<EM>...</EM> Emphasis
<FIELDSET>...</FIELDSET> Set of fields
<FONT>...</FONT> Font appearance
<FORM>...</FORM> User input form
<FRAME> Frame definition
<FRAMESET>...</FRAMESET> Frame group definition
<H*>...</H*> Heading level
<HEAD>...</HEAD> Document head block
<HR> Horizontal rule
<HTML>...</HTML> HTML document
<I>...</I> Italic text
<IFRAME>...</IFRAME> Inline frame
<IMG> Inline image
<INPUT> Input object
<INS>...</INS> Inserted text
<ISINDEX> Single line input
<KBD>...</KBD> Keyboard text
<LABEL>...</LABEL> Control label
<LEGEND>...</LEGEND> Fieldset caption
<LI> List item
<LINK> Link
<MAP>...</MAP> Client-side image map
<MENU>...</MENU> Menu list
<META> Meta-information
<NOFRAMES>...</NOFRAMES> Frames alternative
<NOSCRIPT>...</NOSCRIPT> No script
<OBJECT>...</OBJECT> Object embedding
<OL>...</OL> Ordered list
<OPTION> Selectable item
<P>...</P> Paragraph
<PARAM> Object parameters
<PRE>...</PRE> Preformatted text
<Q>...</Q> Quotation markup
<S>...</S> Strikethrough
<SAMP>...</SAMP> Sample output
<SCRIPT>...</SCRIPT> Inline script
<SELECT>...</SELECT> Select input object
<SMALL>...</SMALL> Small text
<SPAN>...</SPAN> Localized style formatting
<STRIKE>...</STRIKE> Strikethrough
<STRONG>...</STRONG> Strong emphasis
<STYLE>...</STYLE> Style information
<SUB>...</SUB> Subscript
<SUP>...</SUP> Superscript
<TABLE>...</TABLE> Table
<TBODY>...</TBODY> Table body
<TD>...</TD> Table cell
<TEXTAREA>...</TEXTAREA> Text input area
<TFOOT>...</TFOOT> Table footer
<TH>...</TH> Table header
<THEAD>...</THEAD> Table header
<TITLE>...</TITLE> Document title
<TR>...</TR> Table row
<TT>...</TT> Teletype text
<U>...</U> Underlined text
<UL>...</UL> Unordered list
<VAR>...</VAR> Variable text

Chapter 7: Introducing the Unrepresentable: HTML Entities

Entities Don't Have to Be an Alien Concept
Producing Special Characters
Nothing Ancient about the ISO-Latin-1 HTML

Chapter 8: Building Basic HTML Documents

The Template's the Thing!
Page Layout: Top to Bottom
What's in a Name? Thinking Up Good Titles and Headings
Building Better Document Bodies
Textual sound bites -- NOT!
Balanced composition
Controlling long pages
The bottom line on bodies
Good Bones: Building Strong Paragraphs
Listward Ho: Using a List Structure
Hooking Up: Linking Your Pages
Links to pages within your Web are relative
Links to the world outside of your Web are physical
Choose your hyperlinks with care
Footers Complete Your Pages
Use a URL line as part of your page
Counting coup: Versions, dates, and times
Pointers to the Author or Owner
Comment Your HTML Documents for Posterity
Part III: Advanced HTML

Chapter 9: Using HTML Tables Effectively

First, Consider the Alternatives
HTML <TABLE> Overview
HTML Table Markup
The parts of a <TABLE>
Basic table attributes
ALIGN=[top|bottom] / [left|center|right]
Build Your Own Tables
Laying out tabular data for easy display
Multirow and Multicolumn
Mixing graphics and tables makes for interesting pages
Tools automate tedious markup
Some Stunning Table Examples

Chapter 10: Beyond Basics: Adding Flair and Impact to Your Pages

Borrowing Can Lead to Sorrow
Eye-Catchers: Logos, Icons, and Other Little Gems
Horizontal rules -- but rainbow lines bring smiles
Colored dots beat list dots
Logos and graphics as hyperlinks
Building Graphic Page Layouts
Working with graphics files
.GIF and .JPEG file formats
Seeing through the graphic to the background
A new pic's resolution...
Rules for using graphics

Chapter 11: Going High-Rise: Building Complex Pages

There's No Place Like Home
It's story (board) time, boys and girls!
First Things First: List 'em Out
Sketch the Web
Board the whole story
Anchors Away: Jumping Around Your Documents
Linking to text in another page
Linking to text within a page: Table of Contents links
Jumping to Remote Pages
Hypertext links to outside resources
Jump pages
A special <LINK>
The Nesting Instinct: Lists Within Lists
Analyzing Sophisticated Pages
...For Dummies® home page
Animating .GIFs
Other sophisticated Web sites

Chapter 12: Strictly Pro Forma: Using Forms for Feedback

What HTML Forms Are For
Living within Your Forms Limitations
Beware of browser!
Sorry, servers...
What's in a Form?
Forms involve two-way communication
Tag! You're a form...
Using Form Tags
Setting the <FORM> environment
A METHOD to our madness
Lights, camera...ACTION
Let's make an assumption...
Knowing what's (in)coming: The <INPUT> tags
TYPE-casting still works!
Other <INPUT> attributes
A TEXT-oriented <INPUT> example
Being <SELECT>ive
<TEXTAREA> lets users wax eloquent...or profane!
Formulating Good Attitudes

Chapter 13: For HTML, Style Is Its Own Reward!

Of Styles and Style Sheets
Cascading Style Sheets (CSS1)
Style's Got Pros and Cons
A Bit of Speculation

Chapter 14: The Map's the Thing!

Where Are You? (Using Clickable Maps)
Cosmic Cartography: What It Takes to Present Maps on the Web
Warning: Different maps for different servers
Dealing with shapes in maps
Building and Linking to CERN Map Files
The menu bar map file
Using map files
Building and Linking to NCSA Map Files
The button-bar map file
Using map files
Final Touches
Creating and storing map files
Defining a clickable map in your HTML document
"The Map Is Not the Territory"
Of Clickable Maps and URLs
Client-Side Image Maps!

Chapter 15: Navigation Aids

The <META> Tag
There's a Spider on the Web!
Webcrawlers and search engines
Don't wait for the spider to come to you -- register!
Keeping Bugs Away
<META> content
Robots go home!
Searching Documents for Details...
The Bigger Things Get, the Easier It Is to Get Lost!
Documentary Integuments: Indexes, Jump Tables, and Internal Links
Doing Things the Database Way
Stay Away from Diminishing Returns
Virtual Compass
Rack-and-Pinion Steering in Your Site
Where's the Search Lead?

Chapter 16: Going Live with Your Web Site

Prelaunch Checklist
All in the Family
Elbow Room
Throwing Caution to the Wind
Final Exam
Part IV: The Part of Tens

Chapter 17: HTML's Top Ten Do's and Don'ts

Remembering Your Content!
Structuring Your Documents
Keeping Track of Tags
Making the Most from the Least
Building Attractive Pages
Avoiding Browser Dependencies
Evolution, Not Revolution
Navigating Your Wild and Woolly Web
Beat the Two-Dimensional Text Trap
Overcoming Inertia Takes Constant Vigilance

Chapter 18: Ten Design Desiderata

Creating Page Layouts
Building a Graphical Vocabulary
Using White Space
Formatting for Impact
Enhancing Content
Making Effective Use of Hypermedia
Aiding Navigation
Forming Good Opinions
Knowing When to Split
Adding Value for Value

Chapter 19: Nearly Ten Ways to Exterminate Web Bugs

Make a List Then Check It -- Twice
Mastering the Mechanics of Text
Lacking Live Links Leaves Loathsome Legacies
Looking for Trouble in All the Right Places
Covering All the Bases
Tools of the Testing Trade
Fostering Feedback
Making the Most of Your Audience
Part V: Appendix
Appendix: About the CD
How to Use the Web Pages and Examples
The HTML 4 For Dummies Files
The Software
Extras on the CD-ROM
Extra 1: HTML Frames
Extra 2: Extending Your Web: CGI and Other Alternatives
Extra 3: Dynamic HTML
Extra 4: Testing, Testing 1-2-3
Extra 5: What Do the Users Think?
Extra 6: Tools of the Trade: HTML and Web Publishing Tools
Extra 7: Using UNIX Uniformly
Extra 8: More Macintosh Madness
Extra 9: Webbing Up Windows
Extra 10: A Webmaster's Toolbox: A Case Study
Extra 11: Ten "Build or Buy" Tips for Web Services

License Agreement

Installation Instructions

Book Registration Information

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