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Beginning XHTML (Programmer to programmer) [Paperback]

Frank Boumphrey , Cassandra Greer , Dave Raggett , Sebastian Schnitzenbaumer , Ted Wugofski
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1 Mar 2000 1861003439 978-1861003430
XHTML (eXtensible HyperText Markup Language) 1.0 superseded HTML 4.01 in January 2000 as the next generation W3C standard for marking up web pages. XHTML offers the functionality and widespread acceptance of HTML with the extensibility and the new audience that XML offers. No longer will multiple versions of the same page be needed for varying user agents - one XHTML page will suffice.

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  • Paperback: 743 pages
  • Publisher: WROX Press Ltd (1 Mar 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1861003439
  • ISBN-13: 978-1861003430
  • Product Dimensions: 23.1 x 18.5 x 4.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,754,870 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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.

The second half of the book covers more advanced topics, including XML, Web site design, achieving browser compatibility, and supporting multimedia. Next, there is an explanation of forms, JavaScript scripting, and programming the Document Object Model. At the back of the book, there are several appendices providing a complete reference to the three levels of XHTML (Strict, Transitional and Frameset), a Style Sheet and JavaScript reference, and information on third-party resources such as HTML Tidy, a great free-to-use tool for testing and converting your documents.

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

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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.

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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Better book available 29 Jun 2000
This book is just added fluff to the already HTML and XML area. If you already know HTML, Javascript and CSS then there is no need to purchase this book. It doesn't cover XML as it should and actually its quite a poor performance from the authors and publishers to say that you would be begining XHTML when you really wont'. I can't believe it's got a title as XHTML and then they discuss late in the chapters about tables, CSS and Javascripts...! There are other quality books available and I would go for HTML quickstart guide by Castro which covers more on HTML in less space than this one where its just padded out to 500 pages. Avoid my friends and read other books if you want to learn XHTML or XML.
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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great beginners guide as long as you know some HTML 27 Aug 2000
By Jim Parshall - Published on Amazon.com
This is a good book for learning XHTML. It is not as "programmer-ish" as the other two major contenders (XHTML: Moving toward XML and XHTML Language and Design Sourcebook). Containing both very good examples (yes, there are some mistakes name me a computer book that has none) and some of the best descriptions and graphics of difficult topics I have seen to date, this book illustrates a difficult (relative to HTML) topic well.
I have read through it twice now and paid particular attention to not just the text but the flow as well and must say it is well designed. Yes, I see the incontinuity here and there though I do not believe this is a major issue as it makes its points quite well.
It has excellent coverage of the media tag and also how the whole parsing process is done. As a person who has helped to write courseware for some pretty major companies I understand the challenges in covering a topic like this. It is bound to have some issues here and there as they are basically attacking a moving target. Yes, there is a specification put out by the W3C, but that does not make the topic stand still. If I were to pick one book to begin teaching someone XHTML this would be it. Then I would move on into others, like maybe reading the spec from the W3C itself.
The only caveat I have on recommendation is that this technology is NOT for beginners. One needs a grounding in HTML 4.1 before starting on this book. Go through a book on that first. A good one is the one by Peachpit Press "The Visual Quickstart Guide to HTML 4". Great stuff. You don't need to be an expert to go on to this book, but it would help to have some vocabulary and basic ideas down before reading this book.
Have fun with it and welcome to a new age of web design!
Jim Parshall
35 of 42 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Actually, would give it four stars... 19 Jun 2000
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
...but I want to make a point to Wrox Press. While the book is a valuable resource in terms of offering a fairly comprehensive overview as is commonly the case with the Beginning... series, there are two cases in which there is a glaring lack of professionalism. The most egregious of these is the chapter on FML. One of the authors has a company that produces a software tool that (ostensibly) allows you to make quick work of FML. This author wrote the chapter on FML. Surprise - the entire chapter is about how to use his company's software product. Furthermore, at the beginning of the book there is a passage that is essentially an indictment of Microsoft for alleged anticompetitive practices. I am not used to seeing such abominations as these in titles from Wrox Press; say what you will about Microsoft, the author's software, etc., the point is that none of it has anything to do with the subject at hand, on which Wrox Press typically focuses like a laser. The editors really dropped the ball in a couple place on this one - there were two authors who sorely needed to be kept in check.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great for Learning "Forward Compatibility" 2 Feb 2002
By "snowwyrm" - Published on Amazon.com
It is not for utter beginners. You need to know something about HTML and the Web before reading this book. That being said, it does a wonderful job of explaining XHTML, introducing XML and explaining where XHTML came from, and describing CSS. It also throws in a basic introduction to JavaScript and has a chapter on Mozquito, a program for producing XHTML Forms right now. The appendices are not reiterations of the book and are invaluable. For myself, the best appendix is the one on the XHTML DTDs. They clearly explain which element is supported by which DTD -- something which is not easy to find on the Web.
My critiques of this otherwise fine book are as follows:
1. It tries to cover too many topics.
For instance, the basic introduction to JavaScript was unnecessary, especially in light of the fact that Wrox publishes an excellent tutorial on the subject entitled Beginning JavaScript. The chapter on Mozquito is completely irrelevant to a person trying to learn XHTML. It's like trying to stick a chapter on Dreamweaver into an HTML book: it just doesn't belong.
2. It lacks an appendix on the XHTML character entities.
It's not a tragedy, but it is annoying since the character entities are just as much a part of XHTML as its elements and attributes are.
Despite these criticisms, I highly recommend this book, especially to anyone interested in making their Web sites "forward compatible." Fortunately, the book can work both as a reference and a tutorial on XHTML.
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars XHTML and Advanced Markup 24 Oct 2000
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Although the title indicates this book is for beginners, there is material of worth for advanced web authors within this volume. Notably, considerable attention is given to XForms and FML (Forms Markup Language). Xforms and FML effectively update the w3c standard for HTML Forms, which has not been ammended since the release of HTML 2.0 in 1994. Xforms and FML enable XHTML authors to build dynamic XHTML applications and allows for modularization of an XHTML documnet, thus a single document has the ability to contain several pages, or cards.
At the forefront of the w3c work on Xforms is Mozquito Technologies who have released an XHTML authoring tool, Mozquito Factory, which allows an author to write interactive forms in FML. Mozquito Factory transforms these FML documents into a JavaScript that can be read by any browser that understands JavaScript. Included in this book is a chapter outling the uses and technology behind the Mozquito Factory.
Additionally, in seperate chapters, this book touches on the use of JavaScript and the Document Object Model within XHTML. As XHTML is the next generation of HTML, the technically correct use of these extensions within XHTML is crucial to the developemnt of creative web applications.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent for beginners 4 Aug 2002
By iudex22 - Published on Amazon.com
I am well versed in writing HTML and limited JavaScript, however I have learned all I know through disecting the pages of others. I wanted a book that would give me a more-or-less formal education on correct standards, etc.. for writing XHTML and at the same time introduce me to attributes I wasn't familiar with. This is the book I wanted. It is perfect for anyone wanting to learn XHTML but has no experience with it. It is also perfect for someone wanting to brush up to current standards, or someone looking for a basic reference manual (although I use a Black Book for that). The XHTML examples are throughly explained and easy to follow. The book also includes a full explanation of what XHTML is and why it was developed. The last few chapters deal with a brief, and very fast-paced intro to JavaScript. I think beginners would have a hard time following this part, but it a good jumping point for someone planning to learn JS in the future. If I included the JavaScript chapters in my review I would probably give the book 4 stars. But, as it is an XHTML book, and the JS composes a strong majority of the text, I haven't included it in the rating. If you don't understant the JavaScript, or have no intention of learning it, then don't read that part. The book is well worth the price regardless. As far as the previous one star reviews, I can only attribute this to narrow-mindedness and impatience on the on the part of the reviewers. Take your time, do all the examples, don't skip any paragraphs, and this is the perfect book for beginners.
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