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HTML Dog: The Best-Practice Guide to XHTML and CSS Paperback – Nov 22 2006
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For readers who want to design Web pages that load quickly, are easy to update, accessible to all, work on all browsers and can be quickly adapted to different media-this comprehensive guide represents the best way to go about it. By focusing on the ways the two languages-XHTML and CSS-complement each other, Web design pro Patrick Griffiths provides the fastest, most efficient way of accomplishing specific Web design tasks. In succinct, approachable fashion, Patrick takes readers through every aspect of page coding (text, forms, page layout, and so on), describing the available code and warning of potential pitfalls. The book is peppered throughout with sidebars containing hands-on instruction in important techniques and tables with code options and syntax.
About the Author
Patrick Griffiths of London, England, has been an HTML specialist since 1999. He has worked in this specific capacity for, amongst others, Vodafone, educational establishments, and on various government projects. More recently, as a developer and instructor for his own company, Vivabit, he has given expert training to organizations such as Amnesty International, Legal and General, and London's Natural History Museum. As well as writing and maintaining the HMTL Dog Web site, he has contributed to resources such as A List Apart and the CSS Zen Garden, and is an active, well-known member of the web design community.
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1. I wanted to re-write an older web site using CSS and modern HTML web stds, so where do I start?
2. What is my best approach?
3. Why would I want to do it that way?
So along the way it clarified for me how I should use divs for page structure, improve my navigation lists, specify font size in the best manner, and most of all how to use css in a structured way with minimal rewriting of styles etc for subtle changes in page requirements.
The book is probably most useful if you want to follow his emphasis and use XHTML Strict with CSS.
Very nicely written, very cleanly laid out. The associated website is useful, but the book stands alone as a very useful reference or starter for someone wanting to design their pages in an effective standards-based way.
The author also provides an excellent website that builds on the topics covered in the book[...]
- The fact is that for someone like me who last looked at HTML over a decade ago it was often confusing. The author is clearly on a campaign for purity and for using solely the latest standards, so he commonly spends time advising the reader that some older mode of coding is bad and should not be done. As a result when trying to integrate the lessons with existing code problems arise. The book appears to be quite what it claims to be, a "best practice guide" rather than a tutorial for those of us who need to start from zero.
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