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  • Paperback: 680 pages
  • Publisher: O'Reilly Media; Sixth Edition edition (Oct. 27 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0596527322
  • ISBN-13: 978-0596527327
  • Product Dimensions: 17.8 x 23.1 x 3.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 Kg
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #222,742 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sergio Beristain on Aug. 27 2002
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I have bought this book and as someone who knows already HTML I do not find it useful at all.
Eventhough it tells you if attributes are supported by certain browsers, it does not tell you which of them.
On top of that the "tips" that it gives are merely basic rules of HTML.
If you want a good reference book try: Dynamic HTML: The Definitive Reference or Web Design in a Nutshell. Both of them succed in describing attributes and tags: they tell you which are supported and explain them clearly.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mark G. Woodruff on Nov. 13 2001
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I expected this to be a solid reference of HTML 4.01. What I got was an incomplete guide, ambiguous attribute descriptions, an organization that requires one to constantly look in the index to find anything, and an index that gives multiple page references with no indication on which page an element is defined. This book provides neither guidelines on how to use HTML nor a reliable reference to its linguistic characteristics. Pass it by.
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I thought this book was very complete. I will disagree with quite a few reviews. I don't think this is for the beginner. Sometimes if we are experienced then we take something's for granted thinking everybody already knows them. This book that would be values for the attributes.
Each chapter is filled with valuable technical content. The chapter information provides very simple, understandable samples but I think you need to know HTML to understand them. If you do this is a GREAT reference book and certainly up to O'Reilly standard.
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The reviews for "HTML & XHTML" by Musciano and Kennedy are already overwhelmingly positive (save a few disgruntled readers here and there). I can see why readers heap so much praise upon this book. The author's intent is to show the reader how to write clean HTML, arguing that since web surfers can always change their browsers' appearance settings, content is still more important than style. I am a rookie at making web pages, yet after tinkering with HTML for a few days, I had already found myself thumbing through the book for reference.
I am not a programmer, and I think novices could still appreciate this book. However, I *strongly* recommend that potential readers have some exposure to HTML and understand how it works before purchasing. (Check out Jennifer Niederst's excellent "Learning Web Design" if you need a tutorial on the Internet and HTML.) In any case, the book is mainly geared towards experienced programmers, but I honestly believe that anyone can get the most out of this book if they are willing to experiment with HTML continually through trial and error.
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Too bad there is no zero start rating.
I own about 10 O'Reilly books and this one is by far the worst. The book is so unorganized, full of replicates and useless comments. For example, HTML tags have many common attributes and the authors managed to replicate the meaningless explanation for each single one of them - this alone would consumer 50 worthless pages.
Normally I would understand there are good and bad parts in a book, but it's just so hard to find any good ones in this book.
I have no idea how this book gets high marks from other readers.
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This book is a reference book about HTML, the markup language as defined by the W3C standards. It does not teach web design. The authors often shoot down "bad habits" of HTML authors in the book, because most HTML authors attempt to use HTML to control presentation (i.e. using tables to make a layout) or to create some whiz-bang effect. HTML was never meant to control presentation, nor was it meant for people to make hacks because of deficiencies in the HTML language. People criticizing this book for a lack of web design are not understanding the point of this book.
Coverage of CSS and XHTML (the ultimate replacement of HTML) is sparse, so a 5th edition should hopefully cover more.
If you want to learn web design as is used by the industry (tables for layout, one pixel transparent gifs, Flash, etc.), you need to go to another book.
The latest browsers (NS 6.x, Opera 6.x, Konqueror, IE 6.x, etc.) are very standards-compliant. By W3C standards, presentation characteristics should be handled mostly by CSS. To learn HTML the markup language, however, this book does its job.
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I didn't know anything about HTML when I started reading this book. When I finished it I understood tables, style sheets, formatting, and so much more. The authors explained everything in a way that I could understand and there were a lot of examples to show you how things work. I still use this book all the time to look up tags and attributes.
The only problem that I had with this book was the chapter on Frames. I had a heck of a time figuring them out until I went on line for help. With the information that was in the book and what I found on line I was able to get them working and now use them all the time.
This book is a must if you want to learn HTML from scratch. Or if you want a comprehensive list of all known HTML tags and attributes supported by HTML 4.01 or XHTML 1.0 and how they work!
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I found this book very interesting because I've seen and written a limited amount of html code and I was getting very confused about the latest versions, standards, browser differences, etc. This book should clear up those types of questions. They need to keep coming out with new editions though to keep up with the changes. Besides that you pick up a lot of good information about recipes using the Kumquat fruit in the sample html pages. These include pickled Kumquats, 'Quats And Kraut', and the always popular 'Quatshakes'. Rather than a koala bear on the cover this book should have a Kumquat tree showing the noble fruit glistening in the sun.
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