The title is misguiding. It's everything but an HTML, XHTML & CSS Bible. Title should read "Become a webmaster in a month". I expected to have:
- The full HTML Specification with an example for each definition
- Same for XHTML (DTD, rules to respect, validation, etc...)
- Same for CSS and *PLEASE*, at least the basics of tableless CSS layout
If the book were to expose the aforementioned information, it would exceed the 800 pages, and the author wouldn't have had to put some more information that is useful, I agree, but it's off-topic, sorry. The author should stress a lot more on standards. Standards are important, and one can't call a book a "Bible" if it only covers 75% of HTML, 50% of XHTML and hardly covers basics of CSS.
It lacks information on the PNG file format (open source). Mention of the Opera Browser is almost non-existent, even if it's the most standard-compliant browser. Using tables to create a layout is old-fashioned and many good books (by Dan Cederholm, Jeffrey Zeldman or Eric Meyer) proove that one should *NOT* use tables for layout so that structure and content are clearly seperated from presentation. Without this discipline, the web won't be able to evolve toward XML.
The book talks about image retouching, which again is off-topic, pretty much like SMIL, multimedia, FTP, maintainance, databases, weblogs, PHP & MySQL.
I noticed several errors, and then I stopped writing them down. These are some of them:
- p.93 PNG, is stored without being compressed doesn't loose color or image quality, and does support transparency. At least this can be achieved in Photoshop CS.
- p.108 I find it sad that the author doesn't show how image maps are done with circles and polygons
- chap.9 "Special characters" should show a sample for every single entity
- p.188 in Part III instead of in Part II
- p.210 He forgot that the label tag can nest the radio button and the text without ID.
- p.284 div.div1 table should read div.div1>table
- All examples are shown in IE or Netscape 4. Why not show modern browsers (Opera 7.8, Mozilla 1.8, Firefox 1.0)
- p.379 user agent is not Opera but Firebird
This is not a bad book, it has a lot of useful information, but what drove me nuts is that I wanted a "Bible" for these 3 languages. I had to buy other books. I hope now people who buy this book know it's a general-purpose book on web design.