HTML: The Complete Reference

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9780072119770: HTML: The Complete Reference

A mainstream product is updated to include the latest technologies and new versions of browsers from Microsoft and Netscape, lengthy discussions on XML and DHTML, along with working examples of user interface modifications, object movements, and examples of how XML relates to HTML.

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Most HTML books don't bother to give beginners an introduction to the workings of the World Wide Web because the Web doesn't directly influence writing HTML documents. Powell provides this information because it eventually makes it easier for readers to understand why their HTML Web sites behave as they do. The result is a book well suited to beginning, intermediate, and advanced readers. Beginners learn HTML from the very basics. Intermediate users will gain the knowledge to become advanced, and even old pros will discover new details and updated information.

Powell begins the book with introductory chapters that discuss HTML and Web background and set the limits of what HTML coding alone can accomplish. From there he moves into lessons in basic HTML and progresses chapter by chapter to such high-end topics as advanced layout techniques, how to standardise Web-page presentation among browsers with style sheets, programmed Web pages, and client-side scripting and programming. The six appendices finish the book with a wealth of easy-to-use quick- reference information. --Elizabeth Lewis, Amazon.com

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Provides an overview of the state of HTML (including the introduction of X-HTML) and provides updated examples that reflect the introduction of Netscape Navigator 6 and Internet Explorer 5.5.
Solid background descriptions and usage examples for individual tags. Includes several hundred pages of reference material-a comprehensive listing of the tags that make up HTML along with notation on which environments support what tags.
Incorporates introduction to the World Wide Web as it makes it easier for readers to understand why their HTML Web sites behave as they do.
Author's companion website (identical content on the Osborne site) includes examples of layout and allows visitors to "lift" this HTML for their own uses.
Thomas Powell has great visibility within the web design community and in the classes he teaches.

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