HTML & XHTML: The Definitive Guide

HTML & XHTML: The Definitive Guide

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HTML & XHTML: The Definitive Guide by Chuck Musciano, Bill Kennedy

HTML is changing so fast it's almost impossible to keep up with developments. XHTML is HTML 4.0 rewritten in XML; it provides the precision of XML while retaining the flexibility of HTML. HTML & XHTML: The Definitive Guide, 4th Edition, brings it all together. It's the most comprehensive book available on HTML and XHTML today. It covers Netscape Navigator 6.0, Internet Explorer 5.0, HTML 4.01, XHTML 1.0, JavaScript, Style sheets, Layers, and all of the features supported by the popular web browsers.Learning HTML and XHTML is like learning any new language, computer or human. Most students first immerse themselves in examples. Studying others is a natural way to learn, making learning easy and fun. Imitation can take learning only so far, though. It's as easy to learn bad habits through imitation as it is to acquire good ones. The better way to become HTML-fluent is through a comprehensive reference that covers the language syntax, semantics, and variations in detail and demonstrates the difference between good and bad usage.HTML & XHTML: The Definitive Guide, 4th Edition, helps in both ways: the authors cover every element of HTML/XHTML in detail, explaining how each element works and how it interacts with other elements. Many hints about HTML/XHTML style smooth the way for writing documents that range from simple online documentation to complex presentations. With hundreds of examples, the book gives web authors models for writing their own effective web pages and for mastering advanced features, like style sheets and frames.HTML & XHTML: The Definitive Guide, 4th Edition, shows how to:

  • Implement the XHTML 1.0 standard and prepare web pages for the transition to XML browsers
  • Use style sheets and layers to control a document's appearance
  • Create tables, from simple to complex
  • Use frames to coordinate sets of documents
  • Design and build interactive forms and dynamic documents
  • Insert images, sound files, video, Java applets, and JavaScript programs
  • Create documents that look good on a variety of browsers
The book comes with a handy quick reference card listing HTML tags.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780596000264
Publisher: O'Reilly Media, Incorporated
Publication date: 08/08/2000
Series: HTML & XHTML: Definitive Guide Series
Edition description: Fourth Edition
Pages: 672
Product dimensions: 6.97(w) x 9.28(h) x 1.27(d)

About the Author

Chuck Musciano has spent his life on the East Coast, having spent time in Maryland, Georgia, and New Jersey before acquiring a B.S. in computer science from Georgia Tech in 1982. Since then, he has resided in Melbourne, Florida, in the employ of Harris Corporation. He began his career as a compiler writer and crafter of tools and went on to join Harris' Advanced Technology Group to help develop large-scale multiprocessors. This led to a prolonged interest in user-interface research and development, which finally gave way to his current position, manager of UNIX Systems in Harris' Corporate Data Center. Along the way, he grew to know and love the Internet, having contributed a number of publicly available tools to the Net and started the still-running Internet Movie Ratings Report. The Web was a natural next step, and he has been running various Web sites within and without Harris for several years. Chuck has written on UNIX-related topics in the trade press for the past decade, most visibly as the "Webmaster" columnist for Sunworld Online ( In his spare time he enjoys life in Florida with his wife Cindy, daughter Courtney, and son Cole.

Bill Kennedy is currently president and chief technical officer of ActivMedia, Inc., a new media marketing and marketing research company based in beautiful Peterborough, NH, but which conducts business with clients and associates from around the world primarily over the Internet ( When not hacking new HTML pages or writing about them, "Dr. Bill" (Ph.D. in biophysics from Loyola University of Chicago, of all things!) is out promoting a line of mobile, autonomous robots as real-world platforms for artificial intelligence and fuzzy logic research and for education ( Or he's out drumming up writing assignments from his former colleagues at IDG's SunWorld/Advanced Systems Magazine (now SunWorld Online;, where he served as a senior editor-features (at-large over the Internet, of course) for nearly five years. Contact Dr. Bill directly at

Table of Contents


Chapter 1: HTML, XHTML, and the World Wide Web

Chapter 2: Quick Start

Chapter 3: Anatomy of an HTML Document

Chapter 4: Text Basics

Chapter 5: Rules, Images, and Multimedia

Chapter 6: Links and Webs

Chapter 7: Formatted Lists

Chapter 8: Cascading Style Sheets

Chapter 9: Forms

Chapter 10: Tables

Chapter 11: Frames

Chapter 12: Executable Content

Chapter 13: Dynamic Documents

Chapter 14: Netscape Layout Extensions

Chapter 15: XML

Chapter 16: XHTML

Chapter 17: Tips, Tricks, and Hacks

HTML Grammar

HTML/XHTML Tag Quick Reference

Cascading Style Sheet Properties Quick Reference

The HTML 4.01 DTD


Character Entities

Color Names and Values


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