Web Design: The Complete Reference

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9780072122978: Web Design: The Complete Reference

This text offers new and experienced web designers theory and practical examples that demonstrate the theories discussed. Each aspect of website creation is given coverage from planning the site to building the pages, to adding search, e-commerce, and security features.

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With so many books out on particular development tools and languages, it's refreshing to see one that tackles the overarching topic of Web design and implementation techniques. Web Design: The Complete Reference is a rare combination of design theory and detailed information on implementation. Author Thomas A Powell, who also wrote HTML: The Complete Reference, has produced an impressive sequel in this hefty title.

Powell addresses topics like navigation theory and user profiling, backing up high-level discussion with excellent, practical technique. He goes beyond your garden-variety explanation of what particular features are and how to code them by specifying the problems you might face and offering solutions. You get insight you can use: how to handle those pesky frames by understanding UI consequences, keep frames from opening within themselves, and offer your users the ability to print framed pages reliably.

All the bases are covered, including adding GUI interactivity, solid page layout and formatting techniques, and a look at the various Web technologies and their effect on site design. The entire work exudes the confidence of a well-seasoned writer, and the discussions leave you feeling well informed. This book bridges the gap between knowing how to build Web sites and having a holistic knowledge of all of the intricacies and pitfalls of coding for the Web. --Stephen W. Plain

Topics covered:

  • Web-design methodologies
  • Usability
  • Types of Web sites
  • Navigation theory and practice
  • Linking text/buttons/icons/graphics
  • Search facilities
  • Text handling
  • Colors and images
  • Building interactivity
  • Web technologies (XML, CSS, JavaScript)
  • Cookies
  • Server-side scripting
  • Multimedia
  • Site delivery and management
  • The future of Web design
  • Site evaluation procedures

From the Back Cover:

The Ultimate Resource on Web Site Design Theory and Practice.

Plan, build, and maintain dynamic Web sites that balance form and function. Web design expert Thomas Powell provides thorough explanations of effective site architecture, layout, and navigational features, and describes how to add graphics, links, interface widgets, and multimedia. You'll also get complete details on enabling search and e-commerce capabilities, handling privacy and security issues with respect to site design, and programming dynamic Web applications. The companion Web site, www.webdesignref.com, is loaded with live examples you can apply to your own site, along with links to other useful sites and downloadable tools.

  • Gain a solid background in Web design theories and techniques
  • Plan site architecture with respect to user-centered design and navigation
  • Learn how to plan, specify, and build large web sites
  • Format text and add links, icons, and imagemaps
  • Integrate Web GUI widgets, such as windows, forms and pull-down menus
  • Add images--GIFs, JPEGs, PNGs--animation, audio, and video
  • Learn core Web technologies, including HTML, CSS, and XML
  • Optimize for global search engines and design for local search engines
  • Program Web applications using JavaScript
  • Select appropriate hosting environment for fast site delivery

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