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Web Design in a Nutshell Paperback – Sep 28 2001

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  • Paperback: 640 pages
  • Publisher: O'Reilly Media; Second Edition edition (Sept. 28 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0596001967
  • ISBN-13: 978-0596001964
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 3.7 x 22.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 798 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars 20 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #3,557,998 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Web Design in a Nutshell is the welcome second edition of a classic Web authoring guide. It is aimed at professionals, with the focus sharply on page layout rather than scripting or programming. Two things are outstanding. First, the book is a handy reference for core Web standards like HTML tags, character entities, MIME types and CSS (Cascading Style Sheets). Second, and most important, the author offers concise, meticulous explanations and comments on key topics including the various different approaches to text formatting, choosing and optimising image types, and getting good results from tables. She highlights the importance of Web standards, and is careful to include Macintosh as well as Windows issues when discussing design tools or compatibility matters. Reference information is up-to-date as of Internet Explorer 5.5 and Netscape 6.0.

The early chapters offer general introduction to the Web environment, laying down basic design principles and covering tricky issues like printing and internationalisation. The next part covers formatting and layout with HTML, hyperlinks, tables, frames, forms and CSS. Part three is an in-depth look at images, particularly JPEG, GIG, PNG, and colour usage. Multimedia comes next, featuring video and audio formats as well as Flash movies, while the final part introduces other technologies such as Javascript and Dynamic HTML, XML, XHTML and WAP. These overviews are useful, but the best chapters are those that cover the nitty-gritty of setting out a page. It is ideal for print designers who need to understand Web design, or as a reliable general-purpose handbook for Web authors. --Tim Anderson


A concise compendium of just about everything that a web designer needs to know. -- Major Keary, Book News Feb 2002

Contains all the info you need to know to design effective web pages. It is an indispensable tool for web designers and authors at al levels of experience. -- Ed Laskowski, The Vista PC Journal, Feb 2001

If you are looking for a quick reference on web design, this book is for you. -- Sam Gardner,PC News, Polk Computer Users Group, March 2002

If you were only going to buy one book on web
design, this would have to be it. -- Daf Tregear , news@ukuug

The updated 2nd Ed, like others in O’Reilly’s “Nutshell” line, does a splendid job of presenting something clear and cogent on almost any web design subject. -- Michael Dominowski, Staten Island Advance, Jan 2002

Unless you have a photographic memory and can keep endless facts, figures, & programming languages in your head, you will find this book to be a goldmine. -- Lorraine Petrie, South jersey Apple Users Group, Jan 2002

Web Design in a Nutshell could easily have been titled 'The Web Designer's Companion'--it's mighty handy to have around. -- Angelynn Grant, Compbookreview.com, March 2002

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