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Table Of Contents

Introduction
About This Book
How to Use This Book
Three Presumptuous Assumptions
How This Book Is Organized
Part I: Getting to Know (X)HTML
Part II: Formatting Web Pages with (X)HTML
Part III: Taking Precise Control Over Web Pages
Part IV: Integrating Scripts with HTML
Part V: HTML Projects
Part VI: The Part of Tens
Part VII: Appendixes
Icons Used in This Book
Where to Go from Here
Chapter 1
Web Pages in Their Natural Habitat
Hypertext
Markup
Browsers
Web servers
Anatomy of a URL
(X)HTML’s Component Parts
HTML and XHTML: What’s the difference?
Syntax and rules
Elements
Attributes
Entities
Parts Is Parts: What Web Pages Are Made Of
Organizing HTML text
Images in HTML documents
Links and navigation tools
Before You Get Started
Creating a Page from Scratch
Step 1: Planning a simple design
Step 2: Writing some HTML
Step 3: Saving your page
Step 4: Viewing your page
Editing an Existing Web Page
Posting Your Page Online
Planning Your Site
Mapping your site
Building solid navigation
Planning outside links
Hosting Your Web Site
Hosting your own Web site
Using a hosting provider
Getting your own domain
Moving files to your Web server
Establishing a Document Structure
Labeling Your (X)HTML Document
Adding an HTML DOCTYPE declaration
Adding an XHTML DOCTYPE declaration
The <html> element
Adding the XHTML namespace
Adding a Document Header
Giving your page a title
Defining metadata
Automatically redirecting users to another page
Creating the (X)HTML Document Body
Marvelous Miscellany
Formatting Text
Paragraphs
Headings
Controlling Text Blocks
Block quotes
Preformatted text
Line breaks
Horizontal rules
Organizing Information
Numbered lists
Bulleted lists
Definition lists
Nesting lists
Text Controls and Annotation
Basic Links
Link options
Common mistakes
Customizing Links
New windows
Locations in Web pages
Non-HTML resources
The Role of Images in a Web Page
Creating Web-Friendly Images
Setting the image border
Controlling image alignment
Setting image spacing
Images That Link
Triggering links
Building image maps
Advantages of Style Sheets
What CSS can do for a Web page
What you can do with CSS
CSS Structure and Syntax
Selectors and declarations
Working with style classes
Inheriting styles
Using Different Kinds of Style Sheets
Internal style sheets
External style sheets
Understanding the Cascade
Managing Layout, Positioning, and Appearance
Developing specific styles
Externalizing style sheets
Multimedia
Visual media styles
Paged media styles
Color Values
Color names
Color numbers
Color Definitions
Text
Links
Backgrounds
Fonts
Font family
Sizing
Positioning
Text treatments
The catchall font property
What Tables Can Do for You
Table Basics
Sketching Your Table
Developing layout ideas
Drafting the table
Constructing Basic Tables
Components
Layout
Adding borders
Adjusting height and width
Padding and spacing
Shifting alignment
Adding Spans
Column spans
Row spans
Populating Table Cells
Testing Your Table
Table-Making Tips
Following the standards
Sanitizing markup
Nesting tables within tables
Avoiding dense tables
Adding color to table cells
What JavaScript Can Do for Your Pages
Arrange content dynamically
Work with browser windows
Solicit and verify user input
But wait . . . there’s more!
Including Scripts in Web Pages
Using the Same Script on Multiple Pages
Exploring the JavaScript Language
Basic syntax rules
Variables and data types
Operating on expressions
Working with statements
Loops
Functions
Arrays
Objects
Events and Event Handling
Document Object Model (DOM)
References and Resources
Uses for Forms
Searches
Data collection
Creating Forms
Structure
Input tags
Designing User-Friendly Forms
Adding Rollovers to Your Pages
Image rollovers with JavaScript
Text rollovers with CSS
Displaying Dynamic Content on Your Page
HTML and JavaScript
JavaScript and DOM
Displaying Pop-up Windows
Working with Cookies
Overview and Design Considerations
Audience analysis
Component elements
Page Markup
Your home page
Looking good
Designing Your Auction Page
Presentation Issues to Consider
Using a Template for Presenting Your Auction Item
Issues to Consider When Designing Your Site
Basic Elements of a Company’s Web Site
The home page
The products page
Dissecting a Product Catalog
Choosing a Shopping Cart
PayPal
Other e-commerce solutions
Incorporating a PayPal shopping cart
The Part of Tens
HTML Editors
Helper editors
WYSIWYG editors
Graphics Tools
Photoshop Elements: The amateur champ
Professional contenders
Link Checkers
Web Link Validator: The champ
Contenders
HTML Validators
W3C validator
Built-in validators
FTP Clients
Swiss Army Knives
Concentrating on content
Concentrate on Content
Never lose sight of your content
Structure your documents and your site
Go Easy on the Graphics, Bells, Whistles, and Hungry Dinosaurs
Make the most from the least
Build attractive pages
Create Well-Formulated HTML and Test
Keep track of those tags
Avoid browser dependencies
Navigating your wild and woolly Web
Keep It Interesting After It’s Built!
Think evolution, not revolution
Beating the two-dimensional text trap
Overcome inertia through vigilance
Avoid Dead Ends and Spelling Faux Pas
Make a list and check it — twice
Master text mechanics
Keep Your Perishables Fresh!
Lack of live links — a loathsome legacy
When old links must linger
Make your content mirror your world
Check Your Site, and Then Check It Again!
Look for trouble in all the right places
Cover all the bases with peer reviews
Use the best tools of the testing trade
Schedule site reviews
Let User Feedback Feed Your Site
Foster feedback
If you give to them, they’ll give to you!
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HTML 4 For Dummies

HTML 4 For Dummies

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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.

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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This here's the HTML reference book I picked up at the Friends of the Library sale. I'd much rather have Elizabeth Castro's HTML 4 for the World Wide Web but I didn't see a copy of that one for 75¢. This one's all right, I guess. I'm not real crazy about the "for Dummies" series. I've read a few and wasn't impressed by their style. (Of course, now that I think about it, all the other "Dummies" books I read were about PCs.) This one fits right in. Anyway, compared to Castro's book, this is less a tutorial than an introduction to HTML. Rather than showing you how to craft a web page they give you a list of commands and expect you to go to town with them. Well, they also include a CD-ROM that supposedly contains many examples. My copy, however, is a used book from the Seattle Public Library, and the CD no longer works on my Mac. Oh, well, at least I got my 75¢ worth. It is a useful reference book and will do unless I find something better. I would rate it as waiting room material.--J.
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