HTML & XHTML: The Definitive Guide: The Definitive Guide [NOOK Book]


Put everthing you need to know about HTML & XHTML at your fingertips. For nearly a decade, hundreds of thousands of web developers have turned to HTML & XHTML: The Definitive Guide to master standards-based web development. Truly a definitive guide, the book combines a unique balance of tutorial material with a comprehensive reference that even the most experienced web professionals keep close at hand. From basic syntax and semantics to guidelines aimed at helping you develop your own distinctive style, ...
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Put everthing you need to know about HTML & XHTML at your fingertips. For nearly a decade, hundreds of thousands of web developers have turned to HTML & XHTML: The Definitive Guide to master standards-based web development. Truly a definitive guide, the book combines a unique balance of tutorial material with a comprehensive reference that even the most experienced web professionals keep close at hand. From basic syntax and semantics to guidelines aimed at helping you develop your own distinctive style, this classic is all you need to become fluent in the language of web design.

The new sixth edition guides you through every element of HTML and XHTML in detail, explaining how each element works and how it interacts with other elements. You'll also find detailed discussions of CSS (Cascading Style Sheets), which is intricately related to web page development. The most all-inclusive, up-to-date book on these languages available, this edition covers HTML 4.01, XHTML 1.0, and CSS2, with a preview of the upcoming XHTML2 and CSS3. Other topics include the newer initiatives in XHTML (XForms, XFrames, and modularization) and the essentials of XML for advanced readers. You'll learn how to:
-Use style sheets to control your document's appearance
-Work with programmatically generated HTML
-Create tables, both simple and 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 authors apply a natural learning approach that uses straightforward language and plenty of examples. Throughout the book, they offer suggestions for style and composition to help you decide how to best use HTML and XHTML to accomplish a variety of tasks. You'll learn what works and what doesn't, and what makes sense to those who view your web pages and what might be confusing. Written for anyone who wants to learn the language of the Web--from casual users to the full-time design professionals--this is the single most important book on HTML and XHTML you can own.

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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