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A guide to becoming skilled and proficient in HTML 4.01 and XHTML 1.0 in 21 days or less. Covers the recent Web publishing technologies and techniques, and offers clear, step-by-step lessons that emphasize hands-on experience in creating Web pages with HTML and XHTML.
If I were he, I'd describe the World Wide Web as a global, interactive, dynamic, cross-platform, distributed, graphical hypertext information system that runs over the Internet. Whew! Unless you understand each of these words and how they fit together, this description isn't going to make much sense. (My friend often doesn't make much sense, either.)
So let's look at all these words and see what they mean in the context of how you'll be using the Web as a publishing medium.
The idea behind hypertext is that instead of reading text in a rigid, linear structure (such as a book), you can skip easily from one point to another. You can get more information, go back, jump to other topics, and navigate through the text based on what interests you at the time.
Hypertext enables you to read and navigate text and visual information in a nonlinear way, based on what you want to know next.
Online help systems, such as Windows Help on PCs or Apple Help on the Macintosh, use hypertext to present information. To get more information on a topic, you just click that topic. The topic might be a link that takes you to a new screen (or window or dialog box) that contains the new information. Perhaps you'll find links on words or phrases that take you to still other screens, and links on those screens that take you even farther away from your original topic. Figure 1.1 shows a simple diagram of how this kind of system works....
...Imagine that your online help system is linked to another online help system on another application related to yours; for example, your drawing program's help is linked to your word processor's help. Your word processor's help is then linked to an encyclopedia, where you can look up any other concepts that you don't understand. The encyclopedia is hooked into a global index of magazine articles that enables you to get the most recent information on the topics the encyclopedia covers. The article index also then is linked to information about the writers of those articles and some pictures of their children (see Figure 1.2)....
...If you had all these interlinked help systems available with every program you bought, you would rapidly run out of disk space. You also might question whether you needed all this information when all you wanted to know was how to do one simple task. All this information could be expensive, too.
However, if the information didn't take up much disk space, it were freely available, and you could get it reasonably quickly any time you wanted, the system would be more interesting. In fact, the information system might very well end up being more interesting than the software you bought in the first place.
That's just what the World Wide Web is: more information than you could ever digest in That's just ... linked together in various ways, out there on the net, available for you to...
|Pt. I||Getting Started||7|
|Day 1||The World of the World Wide Web||9|
|Day 2||Get Organized||29|
|Day 3||An Introduction to HTML||51|
|Pt. II||Creating Simple Web Pages||67|
|Day 4||Begin with the Basics||69|
|Day 5||All About Links||95|
|Day 6||More Text Formatting with HTML||129|
|Pt. III||Web Graphics||171|
|Day 7||Using Images, Color, and Backgrounds||173|
|Day 8||Creating Animated Graphics||211|
|Day 9||Creating and Using Imagemaps||235|
|Pt. IV||Doing More with HTML||253|
|Day 11||Frames and Linked Windows||303|
|Day 12||XHTML and Style Sheets||341|
|Pt. V||Multimedia, Forms, and Dynamic HTML||389|
|Day 13||Multimedia: Adding Sounds, Video, and More||391|
|Day 14||Designing Forms||429|
|Day 15||Using Dynamic HTML||473|
|Pt. VI||Designing Effective Web Pages||517|
|Day 16||Writing and Designing Web Pages: Do's and Don'ts||519|
|Day 17||Examples of Good Web Design||553|
|Day 18||Designing for the Real World||585|
|Pt. VII||Going Live on the Web||609|
|Day 19||Putting Your Site Online||611|
|Day 20||Letting People Know It's There||631|
|Day 21||Testing, Revising, and Maintaining Your Site||651|
|App. A: Sources for Further Information||671|
|App. B||HTML 4.01 Quick Reference||683|
|App. C||Cascading Style Sheet (CSS) Quick Reference||727|
|App. D||Colors by Name and Hexadecimal Value||767|
|App. E||MIME Types and File Extensions||771|
Posted September 27, 2002
My name is Tom, I have no experience with HTML at all. After I read this book, I quickly learned a lot of tricks. This book shows step by step how to do and explains very clearly. I recommend that anyone who is beginner, should read this book.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted April 15, 2002
Anyone looking to learn HTML should use this book. Of all technical books I have read this book is the easiest and gets to the point quickly. I used this book to learn HTML when I did not have any knowledge at all other than wanting to create a website. It is so well written that I was able to jump from section to section looking up what I wanted to do and ony reading what I needed in order to do it. Reading from front to back is not neccessary unless you choose to do so. After learning and practicing I was able to utilize my knowledge and evolve it into my career. Now I recommend this book everytime I hear someone wanting to learn HTML and have had several people thank me for narrowing down the choices for them.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted March 30, 2002
I had reviewed several books on html before deciding on this purchase. Laura Lemay (no longer writing books), does an excellent job in going from start to end giving all the details of using HTML and XHTML. This book goes through how to create a web page, publish a web page, problems with creating pages for certain browsers, how you end up excluding viewers from your website if you create too much interaction and flash into your website. She even explains the steps to get to higher more interactive websites by telling you the best order to learn HTML, CSS, DHTML, JAVA, JAVA Script, etc. A must read for both beginner and advanced HTML programmers.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.