HTML 4 For Dummies, 5th Edition

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9780764589171: HTML 4 For Dummies, 5th Edition

Are you fascinated by the look and design of Web pages? Do you wish that you had the knowledge and skills to create a great looking Web site? Whether you’re an up-and-coming Web designer or just an enthusiastic hobbyist, you are probably using HTML, the standard authoring language for the Internet. HTML 4 For Dummies, now in its 5th edition, will show you the basics of working with this language as well as advanced skills for all-around knowledge.

HTML is used to create Web documents. As a standard issued by the World Wide Web Consortium, it is used by almost everyone to create and edit Web pages. HTML is capable of:

  • Creating a Web site
  • Inserting designs to a Web page
  • Running on both PCs and Macs

The new edition of HTML 4 For Dummies contains nearly 50% more content than its previous editions, and covers a wide range of material, including: Planning a Web site to avoid underperformance

  • Creating and viewing a Web page
  • Working with text, tables, lists, and links
  • Adding style to your page with images, colors, and fonts
  • Managing layout
  • Controlling positioning and appearance using CSS
  • Integrating scripts with HTML
  • Designing an eBay auction page
  • Helpful advices and tips, as well as warnings about pitfalls

Complete with a 6-page tear-out colored reference sheet, HTML 4 For Dummies is the most comprehensive HTML guide yet. Written by a computer expert and author of over 120 books, including the previous editions of the bestselling HTML 4 For Dummies, this straightforward, fun guide will aid you through making and editing beautiful Web pages.

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HTML 4 for Dummies provides an introduction to Web publishing, but it contains less information than it should. If you don't know HTML at all, you'll be able to extract some worthwhile information from these pages. But if you're at all familiar with HTML and want this book to bring you up to speed on what's new in the HTML 4 specification, you'll be disappointed.

The book presents a super-simple "Hello, World" HTML document that illustrates the most basic structure of an HTML document. The authors then spend 100 pages flailing around with confusing discussions of organization and graphic design. (Sample sentence: "The Web is both a cooperative and a competitive environment; it depends on interdependence, but it's impatient with boredom.") Eventually, they get back to the information about tags that the intended audience needs--and they do a good job of explaining how to build headers, images, links, tables, and frames with HTML code. But the coverage would be better if they had included more illustrations of what the tags do. The discussion of cascading style sheets (CSS) is feeble, and there's no DHTML (dynamic HTML) code in evidence at all.

Your best bet is to look for a better HTML 4 text for beginners. HTML 4 for the World Wide Web: Visual QuickStart Guide is a good choice, as is HTML 4 Bible. --David Wall

From the Publisher:

Discover how to:
Create user-friendly pages
Design appealing layouts
Use templates or create Web pages from scratch
Link documents, pages, and sites
Add sound and graphics
Edit text and images

PLUS A BONUS CD-ROM including:

Trial Versions of:
FrontPage 2000
NetObjects Fusion 5.0
HotDog Professional 5.5

Freeware:
Cold Fusion Express
BBEdit Lite

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