Beginning XHTML Paperback – Mar 2000
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The Extensible Hypertext Markup Language (XHTML) is the next-generation base markup language for the Web. XHTML moves the now standard HTML to a valid XML syntax to fill the current compatibility gap between HTML browsers and XML parsers. Beginning XHTML introduces the reader to XHTML, but goes well beyond the relatively minor language differences to provide a well-rounded tutorial on Web markup.
This book easily meets the authors' goal as a "hands-on practical approach to learning how to build Web pages." Although the text begins with a straightforward explanation of why XHTML exists and its differences from HTML, most of its content explores particular markup topics such as frames, multimedia, style sheets, and scripting. Readers who follow the numerous examples closely will soon find themselves implementing the syntactical rules of XHTML, even if they are used to regular HTML code.
Tons of highlighted code snippets and screen shots illustrate the material, and the detailed blow-by-blow commentary gives the book a nice flow. If you're looking for an HTML tutorial, forget it and pick up this forward-looking XHTML title. --Stephen W. Plain
From the Publisher
Online discussion of the topics in this book available at Wrox's P2P site.
This book is for anyone wanting to mark up web pages and use scripting to enhance the quality of their pages. It will be useful for those who wish to enter the world of web development with an advantage over existing developers, for those who are already developing pages and wish to stay current with the latest technological changes, and for those who want to access new markets and reduce their workload.See all Product Description
Top Customer Reviews
My critiques of this otherwise fine book are as follows:
1. It tries to cover too many topics.
2. It lacks an appendix on the XHTML character entities.
It's not a tragedy, but it is annoying since the character entities are just as much a part of XHTML as its elements and attributes are.
Despite these criticisms, I highly recommend this book, especially to anyone interested in making their Web sites "forward compatible." Fortunately, the book can work both as a reference and a tutorial on XHTML.
To those beginners who've trashed a book on a fairly advanced web-design topic, get a book on basic HTML and actually learn it before you decide to learn something which assumes fairly fluent knowledge of HTML syntax, document structure, standards, and CSS.
A tutorial on webmonkey.com may be all you need to create simple HTML documents, but it doesn't cut it as far as being able to go on to more advanced topics and actually know when something may or may not be right in a book. Books aren't there to be the holy grail of <Insert Topic> they're there to give you a concsise, convenient introduction to whatever topic said book happens to cover.
I submitted mistakes I found but nothing ever showed up at the wrox website.
I also agree with the review "Too many mistakes" august 6,2000 by a reader from Chicago, IL USA. I also found that problem in the chapter on tables where the tfoot and tbody elements are in the wrong order in the examples.
I am still going to finish the book and would still possibly buy more books from wrox. I am still able to learn some things from reading this book. It just takes longer because I have to figure out what is wrong when I run across a mistake. I guess some of the people who helped write the book are also working for the W3c so they know a lot about how XHTML works.
Most recent customer reviews
This is an excellent first text. I hadn't used HTML before, although I understood the principle of <tag>ing. Read morePublished on June 5 2002 by Jonathan Gold
I am in my second college term learning web development. This recent purchase has become my best friend, my 'go-to' reference. Read morePublished on Feb. 10 2002 by David H
This book is great!!!! Great, great, great! I had never programmed HTML or XHTML by hand prior to this. I was able to create websites and be proud fo them!!! Read morePublished on Nov. 21 2001 by My Store
This book is great!!!! Great, great, great! I had never programmed HTML or XHTML by hand prior to this. I was able to create websites and be proud fo them!!! [... Read morePublished on Nov. 21 2001 by My Store
I don't think an introduction to XHTML has to assume the reader knows nothing about HTML. I enjoyed this book, although a lot of it was review (I've been using HTML for several... Read morePublished on Nov. 12 2001 by Carl E. Olsen
Reading the previous reviews I wondered if everyone read a different book. I liked the one I read. I know HTML and a fair bit of XML and its related recommendations. Read morePublished on May 30 2001 by Mark Kelly
When I started reading this book, I knew very little HTML... just what is presented in webmonkey.com's first few tutorials. Read morePublished on May 16 2001 by Kathy Carrington
I know it sounds like a cliche it might even be one. What I really want to say is save your money if you're already familiar with HTML the concepts are about the same and even... Read morePublished on Feb. 28 2001 by YB
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