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HTML and its XML-based descendant, XHTML, are the fundamental languages for working on the web, and the new edition of our popular HTML guide offers web developers a better way to become fluent in these languages. HTML & XHTML: The Definitive Guide, 5th Edition is the most comprehensive, up-to-date book available on HTML and XHTML. It covers Netscape Navigator 6, Internet Explorer 6, HTML 4.01, XHTML 1.0, CSS2, and all of the features supported by the popular web browsers.


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HTML and its XML-based descendant, XHTML, are the fundamental languages for working on the web, and the new edition of our popular HTML guide offers web developers a better way to become fluent in these languages. HTML & XHTML: The Definitive Guide, 5th Edition is the most comprehensive, up-to-date book available on HTML and XHTML. It covers Netscape Navigator 6, Internet Explorer 6, HTML 4.01, XHTML 1.0, CSS2, and all of the features supported by the popular web browsers.

Learning HTML and XHTML is like learning any new language. Most students first immerse themselves in examples. Studying others is a natural way to learn; however, 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.

In HTML & XHTML: The Definitive Guide, the authors cover every element of HTML/XHTML in detail, explaining how each element works and how it interacts with other elements. Tips about HTML/XHTML style help you write documents ranging from simple online documentation to complex presentations. With hundreds of examples, the book gives you models for writing your own effective web pages and for mastering advanced features like style sheets and frames.

HTML & XHTML: The Definitive Guide, 5th Edition, shows how to:

  • Use style sheets to control a document's appearance
  • Work with programmatically generated HTML
  • 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
  • Make the transition to XHTML
The book comes with a handy quick-reference card listing HTML/XHTML tags.

This classic O'Reilly bestseller covers every element of HTML & XHTML in detail, explaining how each element works and how it interacts with other elements. With hundreds of examples, this book shows readers how to create effective Web pages and how to master advanced features like Cascading Style Sheets.

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Editorial Reviews

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. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781449390853
  • Publisher: O'Reilly Media, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 8/22/2002
  • Series: HTML & XHTML: Definitive Guide
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition number: 5
  • Pages: 672
  • File size: 10 MB

Meet the Author

Chuck Musciano has spent his life on the East Coast, living in Maryland, Georgia, and New Jersey before acquiring a B.S. in computer science from Georgia Tech in 1982. He began his career as a compiler writer and crafter of tools and then went on to join Harris Corporation's Advanced Technology Group, where he helped develop large-scale multiprocessors. His prolonged interest in user-interface research and development finally gave way to a position as manager of Unix systems in Harris' Corporate Data Center. He left Harris in 1997 to become the chief information officer of the American Kennel Club in Raleigh, North Carolina. There he focuses on re-engineering their legacy information systems to exploit client/server technology over the Internet. Throughout his career, he has known and loved the Internet, having contributed a number of publicly available tools to the Net, and helped start the Internet Movie Database.

Chuck has written on Unix- and web-related topics in the trade press for the past decade, most visibly as the "webmaster" columnist for Sunworld Online and the "Tag of the Week" columnist for Web Review. In his spare time he enjoys life in North Carolina with his wife Cindy, daughter Courtney, and son Cole. He can be reached at

Bill Kennedy is currently president and chief technical officer of ActivMedia, Inc., a new media marketing and marketing research company based in beautiful Peterborough, NH, but which conducts business with clients and associates from around the world, primarily over the Internet. When not hacking new HTML pages or writing about them, "Dr. Bill" (Ph.D. in biophysicsof all things) is out promoting a line of intelligent mobile robots as real-world platforms for artificial intelligence and fuzzy logic research and for education. Contact Dr. Bill directly at

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Table of Contents


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

9. Forms

 9.1. Form Fundamentals

 9.2. The


 9.3. A Simple Form Example

 9.4. Using Email to Collect Form Data

 9.5. The Tag

 9.6. The

<body> <bdo><button>Tag<br> <br> &nbsp;11.6. Inline Frames<br> <br> &nbsp;11.7. Named Frame or Window Targets<br> </button></bdo> <p><bdo><button><b>12. Executable Content</b><br> <br> &nbsp;12.1. Applets and Objects<br> <br> &nbsp;12.2. Embedded Content<br> <br> &nbsp;12.3. JavaScript<br> <br> &nbsp;12.4. JavaScript Style Sheets<br> </button></bdo></p> <p><bdo><button><b>13. Dynamic Documents</b><br> <br> &nbsp;13.1. An Overview of Dynamiic Documents<br> <br> &nbsp;13.2. Client-Pull Documents<br> <br> &nbsp;13.3. Server -Push Documents<br> </button></bdo></p> <p><bdo><button><b>14. Netscape Layout Extensions</b><br> <br> &nbsp;14.1. Creating Whitespace<br> <br> &nbsp;14.2. Multicolumn Layout<br> <br> &nbsp;14.3. Layers<br> </button></bdo></p> <p><bdo><button><b>15. XML</b><br> <br> &nbsp;15.1. Languages and Metalanguages<br> <br> &nbsp;15.2. Documents and DTDs<br> <br> &nbsp;15.3. Understanding XML DTDs<br> <br> &nbsp;15.4. Element Grammar<br> <br> &nbsp;15.5. Element Attributes<br> <br> &nbsp;15.6. Conditional Sections<br> <br> &nbsp;15.7. Building an XML DTD<br> <br> &nbsp;15.8. Using XML<br> </button></bdo></p> <p><bdo><button><b>16. XHTML</b><br> <br> &nbsp;16.1. Why XHTML?<br> <br> &nbsp;16.2. Creating XHTML Documents<br> <br> &nbsp;16.3. HTML Versus XHTML<br> <br> &nbsp;16.4. Should You Use XHTML?<br> </button></bdo></p> <p><bdo><button><b>17. Tips, Tricks, and Hacks</b><br> <br> &nbsp;17.1. Top of the Tips<br> <br> &nbsp;17.2. Trivial or Abusive?<br> <br> &nbsp;17.3. Custom Bullets<br> <br> &nbsp;17.4. Tricks with Tables<br> <br> &nbsp;17.5. Transparent Images<br> <br> &nbsp;17.6. Tricks with Windows and Frames<br> </button></bdo></p> <p><bdo><button><b>A. HTML Grammar</b><br> </button></bdo></p> <p><bdo><button><b>B. HTML/XHTML Tag Quick Reference</b><br> <br> &nbsp; Core Attributes<br> </button></bdo></p> <p><bdo><button><b>C. Cascading Style Sheet Properties Quick Reference</b><br> </button></bdo></p> <p><bdo><button><b>D. The HTML 4.01 DTD</b><br> </button></bdo></p> <p><bdo><button><b>E. The XHTML 1.0 DTD</b><br> </button></bdo></p> <p><bdo><button><b>F. Character Entities</b><br> </button></bdo></p> <p><bdo><button><b>G. Color Names and Values</b><br> </button></bdo></p> <p><bdo><button><b>Index</b><br> <br> </button></bdo></p> </body>
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    Web Design Made Easy

    This book is great! Every HTML tag you can think of is broken down and explained in the simplest terms. Even though it covers the newest version of HTML, it starts from the very beginning. The book contains sample code for each tag, and screen shots of the site. A pull out quick reference guide is included in the back of the book. This us a great tool to use when you are in the middle of building a site and forgot a tag. The breakdown of XHTML is great. It explains helps readers transition into this new language, and explains its origins.

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