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HTML 4 For Dummies®: Quick Reference [Plastic Comb]

Deborah S. Ray , Eric J. Ray
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Jan. 16 1998 For Dummies (Computer/Tech)
For years, HTML has been synonymous with Web development. Before you can cultivate your online visions, you must first master basic HTML. But even the most advanced HTML technician needs an easy-to-read lexicon. Enter HTML 4 For Dummies Quick Reference, the handy, fingertip HTML guide with clear explanations, tag definitions, and detailed tables. Award-winning authors and HTML experts Deborah and Eric Ray share their expertise on everything from using images in your Web pages to determining who your readers are and evaluating their motivations for visiting your site. As an added bonus, HTML 4 For Dummies Quick Reference includes a full color cheat sheet listing 216 consistent and reliable HTML colors.

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This guide is appropriate for those who just need to know enough HTML to get around or who want a convenient, quick reference for the little things they forgot. While far short of a complete course on HTML, this reference is much more than a mere cheat sheet. The signature light-heartedness of the For Dummies series can help make you comfortable if the giant HTML tomes are too daunting.

Topics covered include how to construct basic HTML pages, how to wisely use images on your pages, how to link HTML pages to each other, how to design attractive and effective pages, how to put your pages on the Web, how to use frames, and how to develop style sheets. Three appendices provide quick reference for HTML tags, special symbols, and cascading style sheet properties and values.

The book's design makes referencing as you work particularly easy--the book is compact, takes up very little desk space, and features a comb-bound spine, allowing it to open flat and remain at your selected page. --Elizabeth Lewis

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Fun, Fast & Cheap!®

Previous Edition Recipient of the Society for Technical Communications 1997 Award of Excellence! A Quick Reference for the Rest of Us!® HTML 4 For Dummies® Quick Reference is the right book for anyone who wants to quickly start developing Web pages or for experienced HTML authors who need an "at-your-fingertips" reference to keep those tags straight. No matter which tool you use to create Web pages, you'll need to have fundamental HTML instructions and reference information readily available. Concise and relevant examples, effective analogies, and samples of what really works make this book the indispensable choice! Now you can find what you need quickly with our …For Dummies® Quick References! With tasks and commands in alphabetical order, clear-cut, step-by-step instructions, and easy-to-follow advice, you'll quickly find the information you really need — without reading lots of extra material! Look for IDG Books Worldwide's HTML 4 For Dummies®, the fast and friendly way to access all the latest HTML commands! …For Dummies Quick References and …For Dummies books are available on all your favorite or not-so-favorite hardware and software products. Look for them wherever computer books are sold!


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5.0 out of 5 stars Delightful Little Book Jan. 1 2003
Format:Plastic Comb
Over the years, I've learned many programming languages (technically, HTML isn't one, but I'll ignore that technicality). The primary way I've learned them is with books, such as those by MS Press, Sams and even the Dummies series. Many programming books are bad; the Dummies books, particularly so. They tend to overly dumb down concepts to a point of being so vague that the message is lost.
But not this book.
The information in HTML4 Quick Reference is highly concentrated. It does start out so simply that a developer new to HTML is rightfully tempted to skip the first few chapters. Fortunately, the structure of the book allows one to do this. Outside of the absolute most basic things (The structure of HTML, links and images), each part (The book is divided in to parts & sections, not chapters) stands independently. Each part is, for lack of a better comparison, a step-by-step guide.
The only real "style" the code has is that each tag is placed on its own line. It lacks indenting, something that is quite necessary in a hierarchy-based language such as HTML. But this could be as much due to the books small form-factor as the authors' personal preference.
The book does feature a writing style for code, though. One of the most important things the Rays preach is writing tags in pairs, e.g.
<form>
</form>
and then filling in the attributes as opposed as right-to-left, top-to-bottom style that many other books take. They also make effective use of formatting their own sample code with bold to highlight additions.
At least one of the reviews before me claimed the color-reference to be worth the price of the book alone. While, admittedly, it is handy, it is slightly flawed.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very helpful Nov. 15 2002
By Trenton
Format:Paperback
It helped me very much as I was a child 8-9 but as I got older I
learned this information with out the use of this book.
this book is for those who just know a few basic HTML codes and would like to help make their site more flashy and complex
I highly recommand this book to ages 8-14 this is not a very complex book and is easily understood by younger ages but you must have a working knowledge of html before trying to use this book
signed Trenton
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Little Friend! April 25 2004
By KDMask
Format:Paperback
This is the first HTML book I bought and it's become my favorite. Not only did I learn how to build a webpage from scratch, I continue to learn new tricks from it every time I dip inside. This is great if you want to learn how to code your pages and not rely on templates. There's also a quick and handy color code guide in the back.
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