HTML & XHTML: The Definitive Guide: The Definitive Guide

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"...lucid, in-depth descriptions of the behavior of every HTML tag on every major browser and platform, plus enough dry humor to make the book a pleasure to read."
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Put everthing you need to know about HTML & XHTML at your fingertips. For nearly a decade, hundreds of ...

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Overview

"...lucid, in-depth descriptions of the behavior of every HTML tag on every major browser and platform, plus enough dry humor to make the book a pleasure to read."
—Edward Mendelson, PC Magazine

"When they say 'definitive' they're not kidding."
—Linda Roeder, About.com

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.

Bill Kennedy is chief technical officer of MobileRobots, Inc. When not hacking new HTML pages or writing about them, "Dr. Bill" (Ph.D. in biophysics from Loyola University of Chicago) is out promoting the company's line of mobile, autonomous robots that can be used for artificial intelligence, fuzzy logic research, and education.

Chuck Musciano began his career as a compiler writer and crafter of tools at Harris Corporations' Advanced Technology Group and is now a manager of Unix Systems in Harris' Corporate Data Center.

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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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 (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780596527327
  • Publisher: O'Reilly Media, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 10/24/2006
  • Series: Definitive Guides Series
  • Edition description: Sixth Edition
  • Edition number: 6
  • Pages: 680
  • Sales rank: 1,225,470
  • Product dimensions: 9.10 (w) x 7.00 (h) x 1.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Chuck Musciano has spent his life on the East Coast, having spent time in Maryland, Georgia, and New Jersey before acquiring a B.S. in computer science from Georgia Tech in 1982. Since then, he has resided in Melbourne, Florida, in the employ of Harris Corporation. He began his career as a compiler writer and crafter of tools and went on to join Harris' Advanced Technology Group to help develop large-scale multiprocessors. This led to a prolonged interest in user-interface research and development, which finally gave way to his current position, manager of UNIX Systems in Harris' Corporate Data Center. Along the way, he grew to know and love the Internet, having contributed a number of publicly available tools to the Net and started the still-running Internet Movie Ratings Report. The Web was a natural next step, and he has been running various Web sites within and without Harris for several years. Chuck has written on UNIX-related topics in the trade press for the past decade, most visibly as the "Webmaster" columnist for Sunworld Online (http://www.sun.com/sunworldonline). In his spare time he enjoys life in Florida with his wife Cindy, daughter Courtney, and son Cole.

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 (http://www.activmedia.com). When not hacking new HTML pages or writing about them, "Dr. Bill" (Ph.D. in biophysics from Loyola University of Chicago, of all things!) is out promoting a line of mobile, autonomous robots as real-world platforms for artificial intelligence and fuzzy logic research and for education (http://www.rwii.com). Or he's out drumming up writing assignments from his former colleagues at IDG's SunWorld/Advanced Systems Magazine (now SunWorld Online; http://www.sun.com), where he served as a senior editor-features (at-large over the Internet, of course) for nearly five years. Contact Dr. Bill directly at bkennedy@activmedia.com.

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Table of Contents

Dedication;
Preface;
Our Audience;
Text Conventions;
Versions and Semantics;
HTML Versus XHTML;
Using Code Examples;
Safari® Enabled;
Comments and Questions;
Acknowledgments;
Chapter 1: HTML, XHTML, and the World Wide Web;
1.1 The Internet;
1.2 Talking the Internet Talk;
1.3 HTML and XHTML: What They Are;
1.4 HTML and XHTML: What They Aren't;
1.5 Standards and Extensions;
1.6 Tools for the Web Designer;
Chapter 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 Stylesheets and JavaScript;
2.13 Forging Ahead;
Chapter 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/XHTML Document Elements;
3.7 The Document Header;
3.8 The Document Body;
3.9 Editorial Markup;
3.10 The >bdo< Tag;
Chapter 4: Text Basics;
4.1 Divisions and Paragraphs;
4.2 Headings;
4.3 Changing Text Appearance and Meaning;
4.4 Content-Based Style Tags;
4.5 Physical Style Tags;
4.6 Precise Spacing and Layout;
4.7 Block Quotes;
4.8 Addresses;
4.9 Special Character Encoding;
4.10 HTML's Obsolete Expanded Font Handling;
Chapter 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;
Chapter 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;
Chapter 7: Formatted Lists;
7.1 Unordered Lists;
7.2 Ordered Lists;
7.3 The <li> Tag;
7.4 Nesting Lists;
7.5 Definition Lists;
7.6 Appropriate List Usage;
7.7 Directory Lists;
7.8 Menu Lists;
Chapter 8: Cascading Style Sheets;
8.1 The Elements of Styles;
8.2 Style Syntax;
8.3 Style Classes;
8.4 Style Properties;
8.5 Tagless Styles: The Tag;
8.6 Applying Styles to Documents;
Chapter 9: Forms;
9.1 Form Fundamentals;
9.2 The <form> Tag;
9.3 A Simple Form Example;
9.4 Using Email to Collect Form Data;
9.5 The >input< Tag;
9.6 The >button< Tag;
9.7 Multiline Text Areas;
9.8 Multiple-Choice Elements;
9.9 General Form-Control Attributes;
9.10 Labeling and Grouping Form Elements;
9.11 Creating Effective Forms;
9.12 Forms Programming;
Chapter 10: Tables;
10.1 The Standard Table Model;
10.2 Basic Table Tags;
10.3 Advanced Table Tags;
10.4 Beyond Ordinary Tables;
Chapter 11: Frames;
11.1 An Overview of Frames;
11.2 Frame Tags;
11.3 Frame Layout;
11.4 Frame Contents;
11.5 The >noframes< Tag;
11.6 Inline Frames;
11.7 Named Frame or Window Targets;
11.8 XFrames;
Chapter 12: Executable Content;
12.1 Applets and Objects;
12.2 Embedded Content;
12.3 JavaScript;
12.4 JavaScript Stylesheets (Antiquated);
Chapter 13: Dynamic Documents;
13.1 An Overview of Dynamic Documents;
13.2 Client-Pull Documents;
13.3 Server-Push Documents;
Chapter 14: Mobile Devices;
14.1 The Mobile Web;
14.2 Device Considerations;
14.3 XHTML Basic;
14.4 Effective Mobile Web Design;
Chapter 15: XML;
15.1 Languages and Metalanguages;
15.2 Documents and DTDs;
15.3 Understanding XML DTDs;
15.4 Element Grammar;
15.5 Element Attributes;
15.6 Conditional Sections;
15.7 Building an XML DTD;
15.8 Using XML;
Chapter 16: XHTML;
16.1 Why XHTML?;
16.2 Creating XHTML Documents;
16.3 HTML Versus XHTML;
16.4 XHTML 1.1;
16.5 Should You Use XHTML?;
Chapter 17: Tips, Tricks, and Hacks;
17.1 Top of the Tips;
17.2 Cleaning Up After Your HTML Editor;
17.3 Tricks with Tables;
17.4 Tricks with Windows and Frames;
Appendix A: HTML Grammar;
A.1 Grammatical Conventions;
A.2 The Grammar;
Appendix B: HTML/XHTML Tag Quick Reference;
B.1 Core Attributes;
B.2 HTML Quick Reference;
Appendix C: Cascading Style Sheet Properties Quick Reference;
Appendix D: The HTML 4.01 DTD;
Appendix E: The XHTML 1.0 DTD;
Appendix F: Character Entities;
Appendix G: Color Names and Values;
G.1 Color Values;
G.2 Color Names;
G.3 The Standard Color Map;
Appendix H: Netscape Layout Extensions;
H.1 Creating Whitespace;
H.2 Multicolumn Layout;
H.3 Layers;
Colophon;

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