Molly E. Holzschlag XML, HTML, XHTML Magic

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XML, HTML, XHTML Magic

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The opening section XML/XHTML/HTML Magic is a crash course on the skills readers should have in order to attempt the projects in this book. Subsequent chapters instruct readers on how to use the markup languages to create a variety of common web sites. Within the context of each site construction project, similar subheadings are used to standardize the coverage of HTML, XML, and XHTML.

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XML, HTML, XHTML Magic is a set of short projects that demonstrate Web authoring techniques. Aimed at Web professionals, it is nicely laid out with an unusually wide page size, making it easier to display code samples and screen illustrations alongside the text. Although its stated aim is to assist migration from plain HTML to more up-to-date standards like XML and XHTML, the book is too short and technically lightweight to achieve it. In particular, the appearance of XML in the title is misleading, since it is hardly covered at all. What it does provide are some valuable examples, particularly when it comes to CSS (cascading style sheets), which are used extensively throughout.

After a short introduction to XHTML and CSS, the book gets straight into the first project, which is designing a table-based daily news site. Next comes a weekly publication using SSI (server-side includes), a corporate site with logos designed in Photoshop, and another project explaining how to show artistic images with flair. A couple of projects investigate the design of a community site with online feedback, including one that uses Apache and PHP for dynamic content. Two more projects show how to design the user interface for an online shopping site, and how to publish questions and answers for customer support. Finally there is a look at delivering data as WML for mobile devices.

Although it touches on some server-side technology, this is really a book about design, with many useful tips for building attractive, usable sites that work well in different browsers. Those looking for an introduction to XML or XHTML technology would be better off with one of the many more detailed guides available. --Tim Anderson, Amazon.co.uk

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XML, HTML, XHTML Magic started out to be a project-based solutions book simply addressing how to solve problems using the various markup languages in common real-world contexts. As Molly Holzschlag and her team of experts: Martin de Vore, John Kuhlman, Christopher Schmitt, and Jason Cranford Teague, dug into the content, the vision grew! Now readers can get a look at how markup language and technologies interact. It's more than just XML, HTML, and XHTML. Now the book includes projects that incorporate those markup languages plus: * Apache * Blogger * CSS * JavaScript * PHP * Server-Side Includes * Style Sheets * Tables * WML

If you need ideas on how to solve your real-world web problems within a real-world context, check out XML, HTML, XHTML Magic!

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