Sinclair, Joseph T. Typography on the Web

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Typography on the Web

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9780126455458: Typography on the Web

Webmasters and graphics professionals involved with Web page design need wait no more for choices in what fonts they can use on the Web. With this practical book in hand, readers get the latest information and tips on how to incorporate advances in Web typography -- including Bitstream's TrueDoc typesetting system and cascading style sheets - to make Web pages even more exciting. A short section reviews basic typographical principles, making the book a great reference to keep handy. It also includes a multiplatform CD-ROM loaded with a variety of shareware and freeware utilities and tools to help readers get up-to-speed on Web typography.

* Covers TrueDoc and cascading style sheets
* Features hands-on guidance to using Web typography effectively
* Provides an overview of traditional typographical principles
* Includes one CD-ROM loaded with freeware and shareware

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This approachable book helps aspiring Web authors and design novices learn the nuances of typography on the Web. The author starts off with an introduction to typography in its traditional print form, explaining the various typefaces and fonts and exploring typesetting terms, type treatment, and page layout. The second part of the book focuses on digital typography, covering display issues such as resolution and monitor types; standards such as PostScript and TrueType; and character sets, Unicode, and OpenType. The guide also offers an introduction to SGML and XML.

Next, you begin to explore the issues surrounding typography production for the Web. The author discusses HTML's potential and limitations and teaches you how to use HTML 4 to create special effects; you also get practice working with tables and templates. Subsequent chapters teach you how to use cascading style sheets, how to work with TrueDoc, how to understand Bitstream's typography technology, and how to embed fonts in your Web pages. Advanced topics include Dynamic HTML, NetTV, Java, and SGML-XML authoring.

Finally, the author shows you a variety of typefaces so you can select the best for your purposes. An appendix displays the Windows, Latin-1, Mac, and HTML character sets. The guide also includes a glossary of computer and typography terms, a bibliography of related books, and a CD-ROM with fonts, type catalogs, links to typography-related Web sites, and trial versions of HTML-authoring software. --Kathleen Caster

About the Author:

A former board member and Education Director of the North Bay Multimedia Association, Joseph T. Sinclair founded the first Internet SIG in the San Francisco Bay Area and developed the first gourmet food store on the Web in 1994. Since then he has written four books about Internet technology. His interest in typography predates his first use of a computer for business in 1981, and he has used digital typography extensively since 1988 when the first robust typographical programming became available for DOS. He has used multimedia authoring programs since 1992 and is an expert int text-based multimedia authoring, including Web authoring. He currently covers Web technology for the Multimedia Reporter and is a Web developer. In the fall of 1996, IDG published Joseph Sinclair's book Creating Cool Web Databases, co-authored with Carol McCullough, and AP Pro published his book Intranet v. Lotus Notes, co-authored with David Hale. In the spring of 1997, Hayden published his book Java Web Magic, co-authored with Lee Callister. In the winter of 1998 Charles River Media published his book Developing Web Pages with TV HTML and AP Pro will publish his book Typography on the Web in the summer of 1998.

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