Sams Teach Yourself Web Publishing with HTML and XHTML in 21 Days, Third Edition

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Sams Teach Yourself Web Publishing with HTML & XHTML in 21 Days, Third Edition is a new edition of the best-selling Laura Lemay book that started the whole HTML/Web publishing phenomenon. The entire book has been revised and refined to freshen up its appearance and to bring it up to date with current Web publishing practices and technologies. Yet the book's original style, off-beat humor, and popular learning techniques will be retained and developed. This edition of the book includes coverage of the latest ...
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Overview

Sams Teach Yourself Web Publishing with HTML & XHTML in 21 Days, Third Edition is a new edition of the best-selling Laura Lemay book that started the whole HTML/Web publishing phenomenon. The entire book has been revised and refined to freshen up its appearance and to bring it up to date with current Web publishing practices and technologies. Yet the book's original style, off-beat humor, and popular learning techniques will be retained and developed. This edition of the book includes coverage of the latest developments in HTML and Web publishing, including the effects of XHTML 1.0 and 1.1 on Web publishing practices, the new generation of browsers from Microsoft and Netscape, improvements and changes in Web publishing tools, and developments in Web scripting and programming.

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.

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In a series of 21 tutorials, the author demonstrates the steps for designing a web site, transferring the site to a server on the web, adding images and animated graphics, creating forms and cascading style sheets, and building structured documents using XHTML. The third edition covers HTML 4.01 and XHTML 1.0. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780672320774
  • Publisher: Pearson Education
  • Publication date: 3/5/2001
  • Series: Sams Teach Yourself Series
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 864
  • Product dimensions: 7.40 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Laura Lemay is a technical writer, author, Web addict, and motorcycle enthusiast. One of the world's most popular authors on Web development topics, she is the author of Sams Teach Yourself Web Publishing with HTML, Sams Teach Yourself Java in 21 Days, and Sams Teach Yourself Perl in 21 Days. You can visit her home page at lne/lemay/.

Rafe Colburn is a Web application developer and author living in North Carolina. His previous books include Sams Teach Yourself CGI in 24 Hours and Special Edition Using SQL. If you'd like to read more of his writings, check out his home page at rc3/.

Denise Tyler is a freelance author, graphic artist, animator, and Web designer who resides in Madison, Wisconsin. She is the author of Sams Teach Yourself Microsoft FrontPage 2000 in 21 Days, and co-author of How to Use Macromedia Flash 5.

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Day 1: The World of the World Wide Web

A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step, and here you are at Day 1 of a journey that will show you how to write, design, and publish pages on the World Wide Web. Before beginning the actual journey, however, you should start simple, with the basics. You'll learn the following:
  • What the World Wide Web is, and why it's really cool
  • Web browsers: what they do, and a couple of popular ones from which to choose
  • What a Web server is, and why you need one
  • Some information about uniform resource locators (URLs)
If you've spent even a small amount of time exploring the Web, most, if not all, of today's information will seem like old news. If so, feel free to skim it and skip ahead to Day 2, "Get Organized," where you'll find an overview of points to think about when you design and organize your own Web documents.

What Is the World Wide Web?

I have a friend who likes to describe things using many meaningful words strung together in a chain so that it takes several minutes to sort out what he's just said.

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 Web Is a Hypertext Information System

If you've used any sort of basic online help system, you're already familiar with the primary concept behind the World Wide Web: hypertext.

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.

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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...

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Table of Contents

Introduction 1
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 10 Tables 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
Index 775
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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 27, 2002

    Easy to catch up HTML

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 15, 2002

    I recommend this book to everyone

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 30, 2002

    Excellant!

    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.

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