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  • Paperback: 720 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley; 4 edition (March 17 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470128615
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470128619
  • Product Dimensions: 18.8 x 3.7 x 23.4 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 998 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews
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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

About the Author

Steven M. Schafer is a Linux, open source, and open standards advocate. He served as director of certification and development for the Free Standards Group and as CTO of a Linux-based software company specializing in Linux and open-source–based, enterprise-level software and services. He is fluent in many programming languages, including PHP, Java, JavaScript, C, and shell scripting as well as Web technologies HTML and CSS. He is the author of several books, ranging from game strategy guides to books about HTML, CSS, JavaScript, LAMP technologies, and others.

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I'm very disappointed with this book. It is very badly organized. Topics are often repeated, many times they are left incomplete and often they are scattered throughout the book. There are errors too. The book refers to an Appendix C, which does not exist. There are not enough examples of code nor are there enough examples of the rendering of the completed code. Far too much attention is given to explaining what happened in the past (who cares?) and the quality of the written english is also very bad. Some sentences defy translation. This is not a masterpiece.
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All tags explained with examples.
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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Amazon.com: HASH(0x96fe0324) out of 5 stars 15 reviews
102 of 120 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x97043288) out of 5 stars Disappointed Dec 29 2004
By Un lecteur - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
The title is misguiding. It's everything but an HTML, XHTML & CSS Bible. Title should read "Become a webmaster in a month". I expected to have:
- 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.184 The author puts the e-mail address into the code. How is it possible?! With all the spam problems people keep complaining, how come the author doesn't display the e-mail address thanks to a javascript to hide it from spambots?
- 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.
20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x96fecf00) out of 5 stars Not a Reference Aug. 23 2007
By Richard Cabral - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
If you are an experienced coder looking for an strict HTML, XHTML, or CSS reference, I suggest you move on to another title. If you are a novice in HTML using a WYSIWYG editor and want to start getting into the HTML code itself, then this is a good book for you. I bought this book to refresh myself in HTML, and CSS being away from it for several years. I program in VB and VC++ and have many programming references that are excellent and very concise. Unfortunately this book is neither. The writers persistently wander off on long winded tangents that seem to ramble on and on.... and on! The analogies had me scratching my head wondering just what exactly the comparative <sp> was? There are many small chapters in the last half of the book that are nothing but fluff and offer no real information.
In closing, there is useful information in this book for the novice. However it is not complete or in any particular order. Happy hunting.
19 of 23 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x97042f00) out of 5 stars Perfect Textbook for Beginners Jan. 4 2006
By David J. Lauridsen Jr. - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I have used this book as a textbook for an "Introduction to HTML" class I taught. I looked at several references prior to choosing on one, and this was by far the best formatted and most appropriate for those with little to no existing knowledge of HTML.

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.
11 of 14 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x96f7a540) out of 5 stars DO NOT BUY! July 22 2006
By J. Schwartz - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This book is not worth your money. It is poorly written, does not explain code, and is very incomplete. Bible in its title is very misleading...
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x97105fb4) out of 5 stars Need a Web Site Building Companion You Can Grow With? March 28 2009
By Bishop Hadley - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
If you are a complete novice at building web sites and you feel a little frightened about even beginning to learn, there are several more basic books available to help get you started on this adventure. However once a few rather simple lessons are learned and you are gazing in joy at your first attempts at web pages, Schafer's book is your next step. He also covers all of the basics for beginners but those chapters are useful more or less as a review rather than a starting point. His coverage of HTML is not offered in a hand-holding fashion for the meek but rather in a straight-forward, "here's how to do it" format. His presentations and explanations are perfect though for everyone who eventually comes to the realization that they are not "dummies" and who want a more grown-up approach to learning basic web site construction. Schafer's conversational style helps those who have a grasp of the basics and is also the book they will continue to use throughout their web site creation careers: HTML, XHTML, AND CSS BIBLE, Fourth Edition is a long-term reference tool. The one drawback to the book is that it lacks any color to help brighten some of the many examples he creates. However, this loss is offset by the affordable price of the book and in the long run does not detract from its usefulness. For anyone who wants an accessible text they can grow with, Schafer's book is their answer.