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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781600330124
  • Publisher: O'Reilly Media, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 8/28/2006
  • Series: In a Nutshell (O'Reilly) Series
  • Edition description: 3RD
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 704
  • Product dimensions: 5.96 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 1.45 (d)

Meet the Author

In Learning Web Design, author Jennifer Niederst Robbins shares the knowledge she's gained from years of Web design experience, both as a designer and a teacher. She has taught Web design at the Massachusetts College of Art in Boston and Johnson and Wales University in Providence. Jennifer Niederst Robbins was one of the first designers for the Web. As the designer of O'Reilly's Global Network Navigator (GNN), the first commercial web site, she has been designing for the Web since 1993. Since then, she has worked as the creative director of Songline Studios (a former subsidiary of O'Reilly) and as a freelance designer and consultant since 1996. She is the author of the bestselling Web Design in a Nutshell. She has spoken at major design and Internet events including SXSW Interactive, Seybold Seminars, the GRAFILL conference (Geilo, Norway), and one of the first W3C International Expos.

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Table of Contents


1. Designing for a Variety of Browsers.


Browser Usage Statistics

Design Strategies

Knowing Your Audience

Test, Test, Test!

The Importance of Standards

2. Designing for a Variety of Displays.

Dealing with Unknown Monitor Resolutions

Fixed Versus Flexible Web Page Design

Designing "Above the Fold"

Monitor Color Issues

Alternative Displays

3. Web Design Principles for Print Designers.

The Web Is Not Like Print

Typography on the Web

Color on the Web

Graphics on the Web

4. A Beginner's Guide to the Server.

Servers 101

Unix Directory Structures

File Naming Conventions

Uploading Documents (FTP)

File (MIME) Types

5. Printing from the Web.

Browser Print Mechanisms

Printer-Friendly HTML Pages

Cascading Style Sheets for Printouts

Portable Document Format (PDF)

Flash Printing

6. Accessibility.

The Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI)

Accessibility in Web Technologies

Accessibility in Tools

7. Internationalization.

Character Sets

HTML 4.01 Language Features

Style Sheets Language Features

For More Information


8. HTML Overview.

The HTML Standard


Information Browsers Ignore

Document Structure

Tips on Good HTML Style

HTML Tools

HTML Resources in This Book

9. Structural HTML Tags.

Summary of Structural Tags

Setting Up an HTML Document

Global Settings with the


Using Tags

10. Formatting Text.

Summary of Text Tags

Working with HTML Text

Inline Type Styles


The <font> Tag


Text Layout Techniques with HTML

Character Entity References

11. Creating Links.

Summary of Tags Related to Linking

Simple Hypertext Links

Linking Within a Document

Affecting the Appearance of Links

Targeting Windows


Non-Web Links and Protocols

Linking Documents with

12. Adding Images and Other Page Elements.

Summary of Object Placement Tags

Image Basics

The <img> Tag and Its Attributes

Horizontal Rules

Embedded Media Files

Java Applets

13. Tables.

Summary of Table Tags

Introduction to Tables

Basic Table Structure

Affecting Table Appearance

Table Troubleshooting

Tips and Tricks

Standard Table Templates

Multipart Images in Tables

14. Frames. .

Summary of Frame Tags

Introduction to Frames

Basic Frameset Structure

Frame Function and Appearance

Targeting Frames

Inline (Floating) Frames

Frame Design Tips and Tricks

15. Forms.

Summary of Form Tags

Introduction to Forms

The Basic Form (


Form Elements

New Form Attributes in HTML 4.01

Affecting the Appearance of Forms

Demystifying CGI

16. Specifying Color in HTML.

Specifying Color by RGB Values

Specifying Colors by Name

17. Cascading Style Sheets.

Using Style Sheets

How Style Sheets Work


Specifying Values


Positioning with Style Sheets

What's New in CSS2

Style Sheet Tips and Tricks

Browser Support Charts

18. Server Side Includes.

How SSI Is Used

SSI and the Server

Adding SSI Commands to a Document

Using Environment Variables


SSI Commands

Include Variables

Time Formats for SSI Output


19. GIF Format.

GIF87a Versus GIF89a

8-Bit Indexed Color

GIF Compression

When to Use GIFs

Tools Overview



Minimizing GIF File Sizes

20. JPEG Format.

24-Bit Color

JPEG Compression

When to Use JPEGs

Progressive JPEGs

Creating JPEGs

Minimizing JPEG File Size

21. PNG Format.

The PNG Story

When to Use PNGs

Platform/Browser Support

8-Bit Palette, Grayscale, and Truecolor

PNG Compression

Special Features

Creating PNG Files

PNG Optimization Strategies

For Further Reading

22. Designing Graphics with the Web Palette.

Designing with Web-Safe Colors

Converting to the Web Palette

Web Palette Strategies

Color Blenders

Where to Learn More

23. Animated GIFs.

How They Work

Using Animated GIFs

Browser Support


Creating Animated GIFs

Optimizing Animated GIFs


24. Audio on the Web.

Basic Digital Audio Concepts

Using Existing Audio

Preparing Your Own Audio

Streaming Audio

Web Audio Formats

Choosing an Audio Format

Adding Audio to a Web Page

For Further Reading

25. Video on the Web.

Basic Digital Video Concepts


Video File Formats

Which Format to Choose

Adding Video to an HTML Document

For Further Reading

26. Flash and Shockwave.

Using Flash on Web Pages

Flash Power Tools

Creating Flash Movies

Adding Flash to a Web Page

Integrating Flash with Other Technologies

Flash Resources

Shockwave for Director

Adding Shockwave Movies to a Web Page

Director Online Resources

27. Introduction to SMIL.

How SMIL Works

SMIL Players

SMIL Authoring Tools

Writing SMIL

For Further Reading


28. Introduction to JavaScript.

JavaScript History

JavaScript Basics

Sample Scripts

Handling Multiple Browsers

29. Introduction to DHTML.


How DHTML Works

The Document Object Model

Creating Layers

DHTML Examples

Browser Detection


Where to Learn More

30. Introduction to XML.


How It Works

XML Document Syntax

Document Type Definition (DTD)

Examples of XML Technology

Where to Learn More

31. XHTML.

XHTML Standards Development

Creating XHTML 1.0 Documents

XHTML Document Declarations

Well-Formed XHTML

Try It Out

32. WAP and WML.

About WAP

Creating WAP Applications

Introduction to WML

WML Elements and Attributes

WAP and WML Resources


Appendix A. HTML Elements

Appendix B. List of Attributes

Appendix C. Deprecated Tags

Appendix D. Proprietary Tags

Appendix E.CSS Support Chart

Appendix F. Character Entities



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