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  • Paperback: 840 pages
  • Publisher: Wrox; 1 edition (Aug. 6 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0764570781
  • ISBN-13: 978-0764570780
  • Product Dimensions: 18.8 x 4.5 x 23.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 Kg
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From the Back Cover

As the Web has evolved, tools and methods for creating Web pages have also changed and matured. This book teaches you to create Web sites using a combination of new and mature technologies and shows you the best practices that have emerged for using these technologies.

In these pages you will learn to build Web sites with traditional HTML and its successor XHTML. You will see how CSS can be used to make your Web pages more attractive by controlling the presentation and formatting of pages, and how to use JavaScript™ to enhance the power of your pages. Along the way you will learn how to make your pages work in several generations of Web browsers, including new Web-enabled devices such as mobile phones. You'll also learn techniques that make your site more usable and accessible.

What you will learn from this book

  • How to create Web sites using established standards
  • The differences between HTML and its successor XHTML
  • How to include images and links in your pages
  • Methods of collecting information from visitors to your site using forms
  • Ways to control the appearance of your pages (such as fonts, colors, and backgrounds) using CSS
  • How to use tables, frames, and CSS to control page layout
  • Design issues such as creating simple navigation and usable forms
  • How to deliver Web pages to a wide range of devices
  • The basics of using JavaScript in your pages

Who this book is for

This book is for anyone who wants to understand the language of the Web and learn to create Web pages. You should know how to access and view Web pages with a browser, but previous programming experience is not necessary.

Wrox Beginning guides are crafted to make learning programming languages and technologies easier than you think, providing a structured tutorial format that will guide you through all the techniques involved.

About the Author

Jon Duckett published his first Web site in 1996 while studying for a BSc (Hons) in Psychology at Brunel University, London. Since then he has helped create a wide variety of Web sites and has co-written more than ten programming-related books on topics from ASP to XML (via many other letters of the alphabet) covering diverse aspects of Web programming including design, architecture, and coding.
After graduation, Jon worked for Wrox Press first in its Birmingham (UK) offices for three years and then in Sydney, Australia, for another year. He is now a freelance developer and consultant based in a leafy suburb of London, working for a range of clients spread across three continents.
When not stuck in front of a computer screen, Jon enjoys listening to music and writing.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great teaching book Dec 11 2007
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Great introduction to front-end web programming using XHTML and CSS. It even gets into the nitty-gritty of SEO strategies, rating your site for child access, testing methods, and accessibility for the visually impaired. Also provides a good, although brief intro to JavaScript, database driven websites, and programming for mobile devices.

Yes there is a lot of repetition and a bit of wandering back and forth across subjects, and yes it can be annoying. But most books in this genre are guilty of that. This one is no better nor worse than the others. Nice reference and appendix. Recommended.
12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very thorough page turner Nov. 16 2005
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For being a technical book, this was a very nice read. Similar to other Wrox books that I have read in that their basic format is a thorough explanation of a subject, then a "try it out" where you are able to implement the subject, and finally a "how it work" where the "try it out" is explained.

In addition to teaching html this book goes into other parts of web programming including CSS, JavaScript, and XML. The two chapters on CSS are informative but I would suggest a book dedicated to the vast subject. Each chapter for JavaScript and XML are more of an appetizer to wet your appetite for a more thorough dedicated title.

Could have used some color, especially the HTML color appendix. I would also suggest, if it becomes possible and soon I would think it should, getting an updated addition of this book. This information is certainly up to date but there is much "errata" or errors. One must visit the Wrox web site to gather these "updates" to ovoid confusion. Also, there are several errors not covered in the errata that even I was able to discover. This, however, is part of reading technical books. I don't think anyone purchasing this title is looking for a literary gem.

If I had it to do over I would still get this book. If I lost it I would replace it. And you do stop getting creped out by the author's picture staring at you after a few days.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful July 2 2010
By EbonyBijin - Published on
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This book is really good for us beginners. I recommend doing all the examples it tells you to do. I did even some of the examples shown, because the more I practice it, the easier it is to remember. A good book.
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent book... Oct. 30 2008
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This is an excellent book in order to learn actual web page design. It's really easy to follow by non-english speakers (like me, I'm spanish).

It has a lot of usefull information about HTML, CSS and general web design.

Highly recommended!!!
9 of 12 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Hard to follow June 3 2007
By James V. Sylvester - Published on
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I have gone from being frustrated with this title to disliking it intensely. I would suggest alternate materials such as the O'Reilly publication, "HTML & XHTML: The Definitive Guide."

First, "BWP w/HTML, XHTML, and CSS" is dated. Its publication date is 2004. This text often complains that features "are not supported by browsers" that have since been updated. There are more current materials published within the last year. (And on the subject of browsers, I have not found a single mention of Mozilla, Safari, or Opera in this book).

Second, the author's presentation is often difficult to follow. Concedely it is a difficult subject to organize when there are "live" tags, "deprecated" tags, the ongoing effort to separate stylistic elements into CSS, and different browswers' idiosyncracies with which to deal. Duckett, however, is next to hopeless in separating these subjects.

Most critical is the fact that this book is a very unhappy blend between an introductory tutorial and a reference "bible." Duckett will introduce a basic concept -- say, "tables" and will then load up on all of the attributes that the element might take. Learning the key ideas gets lost in the process. The book often leads off into asides and references to more advanced topics that will easily lose the initiate. It is no coincidence that several of the reviews here use the word "intermediate" in connection with this text.

The author does not seem to understand the principle that individuals learn by working from the "known" step-by-step to the "unknown." Instead, he seems to rely upon the idea that "if I throw everything at them in a random fashion, they'll figure out a good amount of it."

As an example of its "random walk" approach, Chapter 4 first provides a sound introduction into the use of colors and making references to images. The closing section of the chapter, however, branches off into a discussion of the <object> element which introduces all kinds of ideas and side-references that will be premature for many.

As usual with a Wrox publication (I am familiar with three), there is the usual complement of careless typographical errors. Many are immaterial, but there are even errors in the code that accompanies the text (to be downloaded from the publisher's website -- see e.g. the revised "registration form" at the end of Chapter 6.

I don't recommend this "Beginning" book for anyone other than someone who already has a reasonable grounding in the subjects it covers. Go elsewhere.