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HTML Dog: The Best-Practice Guide to XHTML and CSS Paperback – Nov 22 2006

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  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: New Riders; 1 edition (Nov. 22 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0321311396
  • ISBN-13: 978-0321311399
  • Product Dimensions: 18.5 x 1.9 x 23.2 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 590 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #446,948 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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For readers who want to design Web pages that load quickly, are easy to update, accessible to all, work on all browsers and can be quickly adapted to different media-this comprehensive guide represents the best way to go about it. By focusing on the ways the two languages-XHTML and CSS-complement each other, Web design pro Patrick Griffiths provides the fastest, most efficient way of accomplishing specific Web design tasks. In succinct, approachable fashion, Patrick takes readers through every aspect of page coding (text, forms, page layout, and so on), describing the available code and warning of potential pitfalls. The book is peppered throughout with sidebars containing hands-on instruction in important techniques and tables with code options and syntax.

About the Author

Patrick Griffiths of London, England, has been an HTML specialist since 1999. He has worked in this specific capacity for, amongst others, Vodafone, educational establishments, and on various government projects. More recently, as a developer and instructor for his own company, Vivabit, he has given expert training to organizations such as Amnesty International, Legal and General, and London's Natural History Museum. As well as writing and maintaining the HMTL Dog Web site, he has contributed to resources such as A List Apart and the CSS Zen Garden, and is an active, well-known member of the web design community.

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HASH(0x9fafab04) out of 5 stars Excellent guide to using CSS with XHTML Strict Feb. 28 2008
By Kiwi BIM - Published on Amazon.com
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This book is not a comprehensive encyclopedia of every CSS nuance, but it presents all the main areas in a very clear, but not dumbed-down manner. Basically it answered my three questions:
1. I wanted to re-write an older web site using CSS and modern HTML web stds, so where do I start?
2. What is my best approach?
3. Why would I want to do it that way?
So along the way it clarified for me how I should use divs for page structure, improve my navigation lists, specify font size in the best manner, and most of all how to use css in a structured way with minimal rewriting of styles etc for subtle changes in page requirements.
The book is probably most useful if you want to follow his emphasis and use XHTML Strict with CSS.
Very nicely written, very cleanly laid out. The associated website is useful, but the book stands alone as a very useful reference or starter for someone wanting to design their pages in an effective standards-based way.
17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9fafab58) out of 5 stars A Superb Reference May 12 2007
By W. Craft.. - Published on Amazon.com
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Clear, concise, accurate. If I could only keep one CSS/XHTML book on my desk, this would be the one.

The author also provides an excellent website that builds on the topics covered in the book[...]
10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9fafae34) out of 5 stars Best In Show Nov. 26 2007
By 45Caliber - Published on Amazon.com
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I spent some time really digging into other books in this category (library) with the intention of getting up to speed with modern web coding and best practices. I found this text to be the most useful, both as a learning resource and future reference guide and so, HTML Dog is now on my shelf. Note: The book is meant as a companion to an extensive online archive, and works well in this regard, as the more gimmicky (read: "fad") techniques are best excluded from the printed text.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9fafad2c) out of 5 stars Not for beginners Sept. 9 2010
By Jeffrey W. McClure - Published on Amazon.com
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HTML Dog: The Best Practice Guide to XHTML and CSS is clearly a quality book, but...
- The fact is that for someone like me who last looked at HTML over a decade ago it was often confusing. The author is clearly on a campaign for purity and for using solely the latest standards, so he commonly spends time advising the reader that some older mode of coding is bad and should not be done. As a result when trying to integrate the lessons with existing code problems arise. The book appears to be quite what it claims to be, a "best practice guide" rather than a tutorial for those of us who need to start from zero.
8 of 11 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9fafaf18) out of 5 stars best CSS book ever written June 8 2007
By Robin Phillips - Published on Amazon.com
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By far the best CSS manual I've ever read and I've read many of them. The writing, style, examples.. everything is lucid, easy to read, easy to understand. Perfect. Thank you Mr. Griffiths.