HTML, XHTML, and CSS Bible Paperback – Mar 17 2008
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From the Back Cover
Speak the right language and the Web is yours
Decipher the code, use the right tools, and conquer the online world of the World Wide Web. This comprehensive guide demystifies HyperText Markup Language (HTML) and Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) so you can create sophisticated and interactive Web pages, robust applications, and as many other ways of interacting on the Web as you can think of. You'll even learn to code cool content for many mobile devices that include a browser. Inside, find all the tools, tips, and techniques you need to succeed.
Explore the underlying structure of all Web pages
Learn the basics of text structure, meta tags, links, and more
Write scripts, master dynamic HTML, and use CSS editing tools
Create Web pages for mobile devices with XHTML Basic
Harness new Web 2.0 features with microformats
Add colors, backgrounds, multimedia, and interactivity
Clean up, test, and validate your code
Companion Web Site
Code samples from the book are available for download at www.wiley.com/go/htmlxhtmlandcssbible4e
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But you must be aware it is HTML 4.01, CSS 2.1, XHTML 1.1 so some recent tags and codes are not there.
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- The full HTML Specification with an example for each definition
- Same for XHTML (DTD, rules to respect, validation, etc...)
- Same for CSS and *PLEASE*, at least the basics of tableless CSS layout
If the book were to expose the aforementioned information, it would exceed the 800 pages, and the author wouldn't have had to put some more information that is useful, I agree, but it's off-topic, sorry. The author should stress a lot more on standards. Standards are important, and one can't call a book a "Bible" if it only covers 75% of HTML, 50% of XHTML and hardly covers basics of CSS.
It lacks information on the PNG file format (open source). Mention of the Opera Browser is almost non-existent, even if it's the most standard-compliant browser. Using tables to create a layout is old-fashioned and many good books (by Dan Cederholm, Jeffrey Zeldman or Eric Meyer) proove that one should *NOT* use tables for layout so that structure and content are clearly seperated from presentation. Without this discipline, the web won't be able to evolve toward XML.
The book talks about image retouching, which again is off-topic, pretty much like SMIL, multimedia, FTP, maintainance, databases, weblogs, PHP & MySQL.
I noticed several errors, and then I stopped writing them down. These are some of them:
- p.93 PNG, is stored without being compressed doesn't loose color or image quality, and does support transparency. At least this can be achieved in Photoshop CS.
- p.108 I find it sad that the author doesn't show how image maps are done with circles and polygons
- chap.9 "Special characters" should show a sample for every single entity
- p.188 in Part III instead of in Part II
- p.210 He forgot that the label tag can nest the radio button and the text without ID.
- p.284 div.div1 table should read div.div1>table
- All examples are shown in IE or Netscape 4. Why not show modern browsers (Opera 7.8, Mozilla 1.8, Firefox 1.0)
- p.379 user agent is not Opera but Firebird
This is not a bad book, it has a lot of useful information, but what drove me nuts is that I wanted a "Bible" for these 3 languages. I had to buy other books. I hope now people who buy this book know it's a general-purpose book on web design.
In closing, there is useful information in this book for the novice. However it is not complete or in any particular order. Happy hunting.
The previous reviewer's complaints are mostly unfounded, in my opinion. The appendix contains a more or less comprehensive listing of all HTML tags and their usage, etc. The chapters are well organized, easy to read, and comprehensive. If this book spreads itself a little thin at times trying to cover so much ground, it is necessary due to the inherently connected nature of HTML, XHTML, and CSS. Covering only HTML would not be useful for beginners who want to gain a basic understanding of these technologies. I assume the "HTML 4 Bible" by the same publisher is more what the previous reviewer was probably looking for.
I highly recomend this book to anyone wishing to learn HTML.
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