DHTML and CSS for the World Wide Web: Visual QuickStart Guide (2nd Edition) Paperback – May 30 2001
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This title is divided into four parts. The first two offer an overview and tutorial for CSS and DHTML in turn. Part 3 is a short guide to two popular tools, Adobe GoLive and Macromedia Dreamweaver. The fourth section puts it all together, with coverage of menus and controls, special effects, multimedia, and general guidance on effective web design. There are several appendices, including a skimpy reference.
The author takes a pragmatic approach, explaining how to build pages that work in both Navigator and Internet Explorer, and including brief coverage of browser-specific features. There is some coverage of Netscape 6.0, with its much-improved DHTML support. Although the author has a brief look at web design tools, the main focus is on the code itself. This is not an in-depth guide, and other titles such as Eric Meyer's Cascading Style Sheets 2.0 have more detail. The advantage of this title is its friendly style, plentiful tips, and clear step-by-step examples, making it a good starting point for those wanting to move on from basic HTML. --Tim Anderson
From the Back Cover
Add dynamic interactivity to your Web site with DHTML and Cascading Style Sheets!
- Targeted to designers and content creators, not just programmers.
- Visual, task-based format the ideal way to get up and running with DHTML.
This revised and expanded second edition is up-to-date on the current Web standards and browsers, and includes all new coverage of using DHTML to get information about the browser environment and adding multimedia to a site, as well as new basic and advanced dynamic techniques, such as making objects appear and disappear, moving objects in 3D, and adding dynamic content. This edition offers full cross-platform and cross-browser coverage. This book does not focus on the more complex aspects of DHTML, but focuses on practical examples of what really works with DHTML and CSS, making it useful for beginners just starting out with DHTML, as well as professional developers looking for a quick reference.See all Product Description
Top Customer Reviews
Mr. Cranford-Teague has taken the trouble to explain both the documented use and the real-world implementation of CSS. He has taken away much of the testing that is often required when designing against the CSS2 specification. (He makes mistakes so you don't have to!) His quick reference appendix of what-style-elements-work-where should be the most heavily thumbed pages of any book in your HTML design library.
The book is small, and cheap enough to keep up with the latest browser platforms. I own all three versions, and so do all my associate developers!
Also, JCT provides excellent examples of code that shows the new directions taken by the Mozilla development team. He reveals a way of making rounded corners using only a few lines of CSS, and no graphics.
My one caveat is that the editors of JCT's 3rd edition did a piss-poor job of copy-checking. On the second chapter, one of the paragraphs in the tips section is duplicated word-for-word. And on page 105, the example is missing a period, thereby making it completely useless unless you spot the mistake. These are only the ones I spotted as I flipped through the book -- I am certain there are many more errors. Buyer beware!
The next night I went to a different bookstore to find some ASP manuals. While there, I noticed another book on CSS so I added it to my ASP pile.
When I got home and started reading DHTML and CSS by Mr. Teague, I found it was not only easy to understand, it was delightful to read. It was better than having a friendly person sitting next to me in a hands-on session. This is the first computer manual that I can say this about, and I have a small library.
As it turns out, by accident I bought two copies of the book - I was rushing the second time because the store was closing. I've decided to keep one copy downstairs handy in my computer room and the other upstairs by my bed to browse before sleep.
Once I got past the CSS section of this book, the author's definitions and explanations became cryptic and the tips consist of heavy criticism of Netscape and Microsoft. The website is a good start to supporting a book with syntax errors that doesn't indicate when it is referring to literals or when there is a space in something, or not. Personally, I would have preferred the CD.
This book is very good for CSS. However, it is not worth the price if more than half the book is not easily understandable to the person reading it with no previous experience in the language and its a waste of valuable time trying to understand it.
Most recent customer reviews
This book is a pretty easy to follow guide on learning more about web design. I've used other books from this series before and have found them all to be excellent reference... Read morePublished on June 18 2003 by ......
This is a great reference book, it gets into how to actually do things you're going to want to do. Each CSS facility is described, an example is provided, and has a quick-reading... Read morePublished on June 17 2003
I'm the type of person who can read page after page of history, theory, and reasoning and in the end get absolutely nothing out of it. Read morePublished on Feb. 23 2003
How much you like this book depends on what you want out of it. When I buy a book that touts "teach yourself DHTML and CSS the quick and easy way" on the cover, I expect... Read morePublished on Jan. 12 2003
I returned this book when I got to Chapter 11. Past this chapter, the coding examples are overly complex for compatibility. Read morePublished on Jan. 8 2003 by Ravi T. Khalsa
Jason Teague does a nice job of introducing CSS and its use with Java to create DHTML pages. Teague is stronger on design than programming, however, and that's where the book falls... Read morePublished on Dec 7 2002
This is definitively the best presentation I've seen for beginners and intermediate users. Besides a great reference, it goes beyond the usual "what it is" and gets into... Read morePublished on Aug. 9 2002
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