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Special Edition Using HTML & XHTML is a comprehensive Web publishing reference, providing practical solutions to real-world Web development problems. Author Molly Holzschlag starts by explaining how XHTML differs from HTML and why it's necessary, but quickly moves beyond a mere comparison of the differences. The reader learns which tools are best, how to code HTML & XHTML, and the basic principles of Web publishing and graphic design. The book also shows how to integrate graphics, stylesheets, frames and ...
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Overview

Special Edition Using HTML & XHTML is a comprehensive Web publishing reference, providing practical solutions to real-world Web development problems. Author Molly Holzschlag starts by explaining how XHTML differs from HTML and why it's necessary, but quickly moves beyond a mere comparison of the differences. The reader learns which tools are best, how to code HTML & XHTML, and the basic principles of Web publishing and graphic design. The book also shows how to integrate graphics, stylesheets, frames and multimedia into XHTML Web pages. Later chapters cover XHTML's relationship to XML and creating content for alternative devices including pagers, cell phones, and hand held devices.
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If you want to know how far the Web has come -- and how far the profession of web design has come -- read Special Edition Using HTML and XHTML, Seventh Edition, by Molly Holzschlag. She’s been there from the beginning -- she ran BBSes and helped build Internet gateways years before there was a Netscape, or even a World Wide Web. She remembers the simple “old days” fondly. But they’re gone, and if you have any doubts, she disabuses you of them on Page 1.

This HTML book doesn’t start with paragraph tags: instead, Holzschlag starts with a “markup roadmap for professionals.” As she pointedly observes, “in past years, it was commonplace to use HTML hacks, workarounds, and proprietary tags and attributes to build sites. But in a world of disparate operating systems, hardware, and browsers, hacks and workarounds just don’t cut it.”

It’s no longer enough to let Dreamweaver or FrontPage do all the dirty work (and maybe generate code that doesn’t meet official W3C standards). To build sites that work in tomorrow’s complex environments, you need to be more disciplined. You need have a deep understanding of what’s going on under the hood. You need to be aware of everything from PDAs to wireless phones to accessibility issues.

Especially, you’d better become comfortable with the rigor that XML and XHTML imposes -- rigor that liberates your documents to easily move among platforms and formats and to leverage the growing intelligence of tomorrow’s web applications.

That’s where Molly’s coming from, and that’s the knowledge this book delivers.

Moving through Part I, you’ll systematically review what it takes to write conforming documents, both now and in the future, as XHTML and XML move forward. (Careful with those nested tags!) As with nearly every chapter in the book, Holzschlag’s coverage of DTDs ends with a case study -- in this case, the New York Public Library site built around the XHTML 1.0 Transitional standard.

Part II moves into the topics that “used to” lead off HTML books -- but even here, Holzschlag teaches you how things ought to be done now, not in ’98. You’ll learn the right way to manage text, lists, and hyperlinks -- including techniques for “aiding and abetting” search engines. There’s a practical approach to working with tables (design first, and only then, plan and execute the table). Holzschlag offers the latest skinny on frames, including borderless and inline frames. There’s also a full chapter on building forms.

With broadband taking hold (albeit far more slowly than most Web designers would like), Holzschlag moves on to page-fattening visuals. There’s a full chapter on web multimedia, covering file creation and formats, plug-ins, and streaming media, including an overview of Flash and its implications.

Then it’s back to the topics that just aren’t covered in your old, dogeared HTML books. Did you know that Section 508 of federal law mandates maximum accessibility for sites built by the federal government -- both for government employees and members of the public with disabilities? That’s a big market and a rule that’s likely to spread. Holzschlag provides detailed guidelines and checklists for building accessible sites (it’s not hard, it just requires care -- and many accessibility techniques improve your site’s usability for everyone).

Making web pages for everyone also means internationalization and globalization: building sites that “are not only viewable in the languages of the areas they support, but are culturally correct as well.” Some of these are technical issues, some aren’t; Holzschlag talks about both.

There’s an authoritative, detailed section on CSS scripting, finally universal and standardized enough to begin meeting its promise. The book ends as it begins, by looking forward, with detailed guidance on what web designers need to master next: XHTML modularization and document structuring; working with XHTML DTDs and defining your own; and finally, transforming documents with XSLT, CSS’ long-term successor.

Since the Web’s earliest days, Molly Holzschlag has been a powerful influence. And when it comes to the Web, that’s about the only thing that hasn’t changed. (Bill Camarda)

Bill Camarda is a consultant, writer, and web/multimedia content developer. His 15 books include Special Edition Using Word 2000 and Upgrading & Fixing Networks For Dummies®, Second Edition.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780789727312
  • Publisher: Pearson Education
  • Publication date: 5/1/1902
  • Series: Special Edition Using Series
  • Edition number: 7
  • Pages: 700
  • Product dimensions: 7.38 (w) x 9.12 (h) x 1.07 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 1
I Web Markup for Professionals
1 Working with Specifications 7
2 Writing Conforming Documents 31
3 Dealing with Data Types 61
4 Choosing the Right DTD 81
II Structuring and Formatting Documents
5 Global Structure and Syntax of Documents 95
6 Managing Text and Lists 111
7 Adding Hypertext and Independent Links 155
8 Working with Tables 177
9 Creating Framesets and Frame Documents 219
10 Building Forms 247
III Images, Multimedia, and Embedded Objects
11 Adding Images 275
12 Working with Multimedia 301
13 Embedding Objects 325
IV Style and Scripting
14 Using CSS with HTML and XHTML 345
15 CSS in Depth: Applying Style and Positioning 369
16 Adding Scripting to HTML and XHTML Documents 401
V Accessibility and Internationalization
17 Creating Accessible Sites 419
18 Designing International Documents 435
VI Advanced Concepts
19 XHTML Modularization 451
20 Customizing DTDs 467
21 Transforming Documents with XSLT 485
22 Moving Toward XML 511
VII Appendixes
A Site Publishing, Maintenance, and Marketing Guide 541
B Annotated Resources for Web Developers 563
C XHTML Reference 569
D CSS2 Reference 631
Index 663
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