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HTML; The Definitive Guide, 2nd ed.

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Chuck Musciano, Bill Kennedy
May 1997
£18.18 (approx)

An excellent HTML book that provides complete coverage of all HTML tags. It covers the complete HTML 3.2 standard, and then goes on to cover everything supported by Netscape 4.0 and Internet Explorer 3.0 including a number of otherwise undocumented features of these browsers. There is complete coverage of the new Cascading Style Sheet standard, including a listing of every style sheet property, its allowable values, and which browsers support it.

This book exhaustively details exactly which tags work with which browsers along with those cases where the same tags do different things in different browsers. If you are trying to produce documents that look good on a broad range of browsers, this book should help you achieve that goal. As well as HTML this book covers multimedia, server-push and client-pull dynamic documents, frames, Java, and JavaScript. We also provide enough CGI programming information to get you started writing your server-side tools to support your forms and dynamic documents. Not just a reference manual, throughout the book, there are handy tips and tricks along with solid design advice and usage hints that help you create beautiful, effective documents.

The author has been writing the Webmaster column for SunworldOnline since December of 1995 and started the HTML Q&A column for NetscapeWorld external link in January of 1997.

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C|Net buy itExperienced Web authors who've learned through trial and error can effortlessly fill their knowledge gaps with the brisk writing and efficient cross-referenced outlines of authors Chuck Musciano and Bill Kennedy. If every Web author followed the hints compiled in the book's final chapter, the world would save millions of hours of download time--and there'd be fewer half-baked pages giving us all eyestrain. The Definitive Guide is meant as a bedrock reference work for sane page makers, and the basic strategies collected here won't lose their value soon.
David Brauer, c|net Book Review (of 1st edition)

HTML: The Definitive Guide is a superior book, written in an easily readable style for any level of user. The serious developer will find its HTML grammar, tag reference, design techniques, and browser specifics valuable; the casual author will appreciate the book's clarity, organization, and abundant examples. Every Web surfer will enjoy this outstanding book!
Elizabeth Zinkann, Sys Admin magazine

Out of the hundreds of HTML books on the market, just one stands out for completeness and clarity. That book is HTML: The Definitive Guide. Clear technical writing ... makes this book required reading for every webmaster. An excellent book.
Greg Kearney, HowardNews Service

The best and most thorough book on HTML to date.
Bob Cunningham, Web TechnicalBook Reviews

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HTML Sourcebook; A Complete Guide to
HTML 3.2 and HTML Extensions, 3rd ed.

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Ian S. Graham
February 1997
£16.52 (approx)

Every serious Web master and Web designer should have the most current edition of the HTML Sourcebook on his or her desk. This book manages to touch on nearly every aspect of Web site design and maintenance, all in a single volume. The bulk of this book is devoted to HTML 3.2, including proprietary extensions. Each tag has a full explanation, including an example of how it is used and how it interacts with other tags. The authors make sure to point out cases where Netscape and Microsoft implementations differ, as well as cases where browsers have bugs that affect the rendering of specific tags. A fair amount of attention is given to advanced topics such as cascading style sheets, scripting, and internationalization.

Aspects of the Web that most people take for granted are covered here in great detail. There are whole chapters discussing Multipart Internet Mail Extensions (MIME), Uniform Resource Locators (URLs), the Common Gateway Interface (CGI), and the Hypertext Transfer Protocol (HTTP). These topics may seem arcane, but knowledge of them is essential for Web masters.

The book's technical content is balanced with useful chapters covering concepts of site design and construction, graphics and images, and Web site management. If you're creating a large scale Web site, you'll find advice on planning, designing, testing, and even promoting your site. Although written clearly and concisely, the HTML Sourcebook is not really a book for beginners, but it will probably wind up being the HTML book you reach for most often.

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C|Net buy itThe HTML Sourcebook: A Complete Guide to HTML 3.0 has long been a recommended resource on all these topics among denizens of the newsgroup comp.infosystems.www.authoring.html, and they ought to know. This book is a bargain and belongs on any Webmeister's bookshelf.
Scott Spanbauer, c|net Book Review (of 1st edition)

This is the best of the HTML cookbooks.

Very readable, complete, interesting, fun. Perfect for "power beginners" who do not want a 2000+ page book. Recommended., Trieste, Italia

Excellent reference book--well organized.
As the title suggests, this is a guide to HTML and related areas. Graham presents the material lucidly and in an organized fashion. The book doesn't purport to provide you with the secret to having a killer home-page as some other commentators on this book seem to suggest it would or should--if you are looking for a guide to HTML CGI and the ins and outs of how the HTTP environment operates then this is a definite book to get..
Dael Stewart

A book no serious HTML'er should be without!
Ian S. Graham's book is clear, concise, thorough and accessible even to beginner. Clearly it helps to be a teacher to write books about such complex issues. I use the HTML Sourcebook every days to lookup HTML tags and syntax but above all to prepare my HTML classes at the Polytech. This is one of the best books I have found... and cheap too !

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HTML 3.2 Manual of Style
with CD

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Larry Aronson
April 1997
Ziff Davis
£16.54 (approx)

This book covers a wide range of HTML-related subjects, from an introduction to HTML to more complex things such as implementing cascading style sheets and JavaScript. As you'd expect, it starts out with a few chapters on the basics (what HTML is and where it came from) before moving onto the more complex bits. It has a lot on good practice, covering things like how to annotate pages to make it easier to work out what they're about when you come back to them later. It has an extensive chapter on planning your Web site. This is good to see - far too many books look purely at HTML coding and ignore the more important aspects of site design that make the whole process easier.

The Manual of Style provides five separate tutorials, each covering practical examples such as creating a guest book using forms, building a site for a small business and using templates to automate the creation of Web pages. The CD-ROM contains the complete text of the book in HTML form plus HTML utilities and a collection of useful shareware.

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The book has a good selection of pointers to online resources for downloading HTML editors and the like. This book covers a lot of ground in a comprehensive and easy-to-use way - you never feel overwhelmed by the amount of information.
Internet Magazine

Larry Aronson and Joseph Lowery present a systematic guide to learning HTML 3.2. Beginning with the basics of the Web itself and the fundamental characteristics of HTML, the authors capably lead readers through the entire Web page-building process, starting with a simple text-only page at first, and with each chapter gaining the ability to vary the text, add images and links, use forms and tables, and more. They cover the advantages of cascading style sheets and provide numerous examples readers can use as guides. Appendices provide quick references to HTML code, style sheet code, and online resources.
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