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Are you still designing web sites like it's 1999? If so, you're in for a surprise. Since the last edition of this book appeared five years ago, there has been a major climate change with regard to web standards. Designers are no longer using (X)HTML as a design tool, but as a means of defining the meaning and structure of content. Cascading Style Sheets are no longer just something interesting to tinker with, but rather a reliable method for handling all matters of presentation, from fonts and colors to the ...

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Overview

Are you still designing web sites like it's 1999? If so, you're in for a surprise. Since the last edition of this book appeared five years ago, there has been a major climate change with regard to web standards. Designers are no longer using (X)HTML as a design tool, but as a means of defining the meaning and structure of content. Cascading Style Sheets are no longer just something interesting to tinker with, but rather a reliable method for handling all matters of presentation, from fonts and colors to the layout of the entire page. In fact, following the standards is now a mandate of professional web design.

Our popular reference, Web Design in a Nutshell, is one of the first books to capture this new web landscape with an edition that's been completely rewritten and expanded to reflect the state of the art. In addition to being an authoritative reference for (X)HTML and Cascading Style Sheets, this book also provides an overview of the unique requirements of designing for the Web and gets to the nitty-gritty of JavaScript and DOM Scripting, web graphics optimization, and multimedia production. It is an indispensable tool for web designers and developers of all levels.

The third edition covers these contemporary web design topics:

  • Structural layer: HTML 4.01 and XHTML 1.0 (9 chapters), including an alphabetical reference of all elements, attributes and character entities
  • Presentation layer: Ten all-new chapters on Cascading Style Sheets, Level 2.1, including an alphabetical reference of all properties and values.
  • Behavior layer: JavaScript and scripting with the Document Object Model (DOM)
  • Web environment: New web standards, browsers, display devices, accessibility, and internationalization
  • Web graphics optimization: Producing lean and mean GIF, JPEG, PNG, and animated GIFs
  • Multimedia: Web audio, video, Flash, and PDF

Organized so that readers can find answers quickly, Web Design in a Nutshell, Third Edition helps experienced designers come up to speed quickly on standards-based web design, and serves as a quick reference for those already familiar with the new standards and technology.

There are many books for web designers, but none that address such a wide variety of topics. Find out why nearly half a million buyers have made this the most popular web design book available.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780596009878
  • Publisher: O'Reilly Media, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 2/28/2006
  • Series: In a Nutshell (O'Reilly) Series
  • Edition description: Third Edition
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 830
  • Sales rank: 1,457,590
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.70 (d)

Meet the Author

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" and "Learning Web Design (O'Reilly), and she has taught web design at the Massachusetts College of Art in Boston and Johnson and Wales University in Providence. 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. In addition to designing, Jennifer enjoys cooking, travel, indie-rock, and making stuff. She maintains her own professional web site at http://www.littlechair.com as well.

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Table of Contents

  • Foreword
  • Contributors
  • Technical Reviewers
  • Preface
  • Part I: The Web Environment
    • Chapter 1: Web Standards
    • Chapter 2: Designing for a Variety of Browsers
    • Chapter 3: Designing for a Variety of Displays
    • Chapter 4: A Beginner's Guide to the Server
    • Chapter 5: Accessibility
    • Chapter 6: Internationalization


  • Part II: The Structural Layer: XML and (X)HTML
    • Chapter 7: Introduction to XML
    • Chapter 8: HTML and XHTML Overview
    • Chapter 9: Document Structure
    • Chapter 10: Text Elements
    • Chapter 11: Creating Links
    • Chapter 12: Images and Objects
    • Chapter 13: Tables
    • Chapter 14: Frames
    • Chapter 15: Forms


  • Part III: The Presentation Layer: Cascading Style Sheets
    • Chapter 16: Cascading Style Sheets Fundamentals
    • Chapter 17: Selectors
    • Chapter 18: Font and Text Properties
    • Chapter 19: Basic Box Properties
    • Chapter 20: Color and Backgrounds
    • Chapter 21: Floating and Positioning
    • Chapter 22: CSS for Tables
    • Chapter 23: Lists and Generated Content
    • Chapter 24: CSS Techniques
    • Chapter 25: Managing Browser Bugs: Workarounds, Hacks, and Filters


  • Part IV: The Behavioral Layer: JavaScript and the DOM
    • Chapter 26: Introduction to JavaScript
    • Chapter 27: DOM Scripting


  • Part V: Web Graphics
    • Chapter 28: Web Graphics Overview
    • Chapter 29: GIF Format
    • Chapter 30: JPEG Format
    • Chapter 31: PNG Format
    • Chapter 32: Animated GIFs


  • Part VI: Media
    • Chapter 33: Audio on the Web
    • Chapter 34: Video on the Web
    • Chapter 35: The Flash Platform
    • Chapter 36: Printing from the Web


  • Part VII: Appendixes
    • Appendix A: HTML Elements and Attributes
    • Appendix B: CSS 2.1 Properties
    • Appendix C: Character Entities
    • Appendix D: Specifying Color
    • Appendix E: Microformats: Extending (X)HTML


  • Glossary
  • Colophon

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 26, 2006

    VERY VERY HIGHLY RECOMMNDED!!

    Are you a new or experienced web designer? If you are, then this book is for you. Authors Jennifer Niederst Robbins, Tantek Ýýelik, Derek Featherstone and Aaron Gustafson, have done an outstanding job of writing a 3rd edition of a reference book that shows you everything you need to know on how to create concise web pages. Robbins, Ýýelik, Featherstone and Gustafson, begin by describing the current approach to web design and set the stage for the entire book. Then, the authors provide n introduction to the ways web content may be created to reach all users, regardless of ability, browsing device, or language. Next, they discuss basic server functions, system commands, uploading files, and file types. The authors continue by discussing document markup, commonly referred to as the structured layer, because it provides the foundation upon which presentation and behaviors are applied. They also provide a thorough guide to using CSS for controlling the presentation of web content with a focus on visual media. Next, the authors highlight adding interactivity to your pages with JavaScript. The authors also focus on essential information while working with RGB color and choosing the appropriate graphic file formats. Finally, they provide a basic introduction to adding audio, video, and Flash movies to web pages. This most excellent Nutshell book focuses on the front-end matters of web design and development: markup, style sheets, image production, multimedia, and so on. More importantly, this book strives to be a thorough reference for all technical details and requirements that we face in our day-to-day work designing and developing web content.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 27, 2013

    Excellent helpful book

    This book is a great deal and was recommended by a friend. She swears by it so I decided I should have it as I start my web design business!

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  • Posted September 18, 2011

    Error in download

    Please fix download error. I downloaded the sample to read, but can't open the book. There is an error code "can't open. "

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    Extremely helpful, especially for new web developers

    This is an incredibly wonderful book for students. I helped teach a web page development class for a local college and this was one of the required books. While our text book ("Head First HTML") was a great "walk you through it" type book, this was a great supplemental book. It has chapters about different difficult-to-comprehend topics in web development - like image maps and linking via images - as well as quick references to non-standard characters and a great index. Even after a couple years of experience, I still refer to my "Nutshell" book for quick tips for web development.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 29, 2003

    Wonderful for beginners like me!

    It has helped me a lot! If you don't know anything about HTML or a litte... Go ahead and buy this book. ;)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 26, 2002

    Find another nutshell

    Had to get this book for Webmaster certification. Waste of time. You're so much better off with some other resources. This one tried too hard, to put too much, into too little. O'Reilly usually has decent books... The Webmaster in a Nutshell is better. You would likely be better off with a book in each specific topic.

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