Today's Web authors need to know about XHTML, which is the current W3C recommendation for Web page authoring. XHTML is an application of XML that remains backwards compatible with HTML 4.0. The advantage is that it brings much-needed discipline and structure to the Web, and enables proper separation of content from presentation. This is becoming more important as devices other than traditional browsers expect to find useful content on the Web.
The Wrox Beginning series aims to teach all you need to know from scratch, although in practice they are more advanced than the title suggests. This book begins with background information about HTML, XML, and the parent of both, SGML. Next, there is a full explanation of the structure of an XHTML document. Further chapters cover links, images, tables and frames. There is an excellent introduction to Cascading Style Sheets.
Several of the authors work with the W3C, and Beginning XHTML contrives to be both authoritative and enthusiastic about XHTML. Whether you are just starting with Web authoring, or an HTML expert who needs to get up to speed with the new standard, this is an excellent read. --Tim Anderson
From the Publisher
Online discussion of the topics in this book available at Wrox's P2P site.
This book is for anyone wanting to mark up web pages and use scripting to enhance the quality of their pages. It will be useful for those who wish to enter the world of web development with an advantage over existing developers, for those who are already developing pages and wish to stay current with the latest technological changes, and for those who want to access new markets and reduce their workload.