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  • Paperback: 840 pages
  • Publisher: Wrox; 1 edition (Aug. 5 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0764588206
  • ISBN-13: 978-0764588204
  • Product Dimensions: 18.8 x 4.3 x 23.4 cm
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From the Back Cover

Web Standards

HTML, CSS, JavaScript,® Perl, Python,® and PHP

Serving as both a "how-to" guide and a reference, this book is one-stop reading for all the essential Web standards—XHTML, CSS, JavaScript, CGI with Perl and Python, and PHP. In today's web environment, professional web coders and serious enthusiasts need to create documents and scripts that comply with published standards so your content can be viewed on as many web-capable platforms as possible. This book teaches the standards and technologies necessary to achieve that desired result.

Packed with examples for learning each of these standard technologies and followed by detailed references to each language, this book provides a total package for moving your web publishing to current standards-based coding.

What you will learn from this book

  • A solid background and understanding of HTML and applying XHTML to format specific document elements
  • Using CSS to select and format text, margins, colors, and other elements and position them on the page
  • Applying JavaScript for client-side scripting and dynamic content delivery
  • Using server scripts and CGI with the popular Perl and Python languages
  • Publishing rich, dynamic content using the PHP scripting language
  • The importance of following web standards to ensure compatibility with as many user agents as possible, including Internet Explorer, the increasingly important and popular Firefox, and the latest crop of mobile platforms
  • How to avoid browser-specific code and deprecated tags and attributes that cause your documents to be unusable for many users

Who this book is for

The book is for programmers and web coders who want to learn web standards-compliant coding.

Wrox Programmer's References are designed to give the experienced developer straight facts on a technology, without hype or unnecessary explanations. They deliver hard information with plenty of practical examples to help you apply these tools to your development projects today.

About the Author

Steve Schafer is a veteran of technology and publishing. He programs in several languages, works with a variety of technologies, and has been published in several technical publications and articles. He currently is the COO for Progeny, an open source-based service and support company. Steve can be reached by email at

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HASH(0xa4ce9c24) out of 5 stars replaces 6 books Aug. 9 2005
By W Boudville - Published on
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How the Web has grown! In doing so, and aiding its growth, has been the use and development of several languages. Naturally, Schafer starts with the language that birthed the Web - HTML. Actually this needs its dual ("twin") on a server, http. But Schafer discusses http in a later chapter devoted to CGI.

Hopefully, you should be able to appreciate that HTML is simple. In fact, of all that the book discusses, HTML is the simplest language. Several initial chapters walk you through HTML. It must be stressed that mastery of HTML is needed to make sense of the rest of the book.

The later languages either extend the scope of an HTML file, or they generate the file, roughly speaking. Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) lets you easily factor out common definitions that are used across multiple web pages, where you can imagine that each web page corresponds to a file storing it. Schafer explains how to use CSS to simplify management of a set of HTML files. A centralised way to set common fonts and the like. More robust.

But HTML is a declarative language. Good, because laymen can more easily understand and write such languages. It's easier to say what should be done, than how to do it. But for the times when you need more expressive power on the browser, Schafer offers JavaScript. A procedural language that actually has nothing to do with Java. [The coincidence in names was a marketing ploy.]

Schafer does not ignore the server. CGI is given, as the first generation attempt at server side code. Its limitations spawned the use of Perl, PHP and Python for easier parsing of user input and generation of new dynamic pages.

Each of these languages (HTML, CSS, JavaScript, Perl, PHP and Python) is often the subject of its own book. No surprise then that Schafer explaining all 6 gave us a book of this length!
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HASH(0xa4ceea08) out of 5 stars Great beginners reference book for beginners!! May 24 2007
By Manuel Lopez - Published on
Format: Paperback
This is a great reference book for beginners... I myself am a seasoned systems analyst and already had books that covered most of the basic topics discussed in this book. There were no real world examples and nothing about the pitfalls of using web standards before they are even supported by popular browsers. Like I said at first, it is a really great reference book; and if you need one to get started, this is it! You will still need a book dealing with the methodology variations in coding.
HASH(0xa4ceec84) out of 5 stars Lots of good information. Sept. 20 2010
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Format: Paperback
Tons of stuff covered in this book with a handy appendix for each major topic. Easy to follow and explanations keep things simple, allowing you to speed through many topics.
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HASH(0xa4ceefc0) out of 5 stars Could of been much better Nov. 8 2009
By Sedat Gucuyener - Published on
Format: Paperback
I new this book was not for beginners as I have done some html programming before. However I think this book is total waste if you never done any html programming before. The content sometimes can be confusing and just today I realised there was a bug in one of the examples. If there wasnt google or reference websites like [...] I think I would really srtuggle with this book. I am refering to most of the references from w3schools and trying to get some theory from this book. I think I should of done some more search before I baught this book because I definitely think there are much better books than this.