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Patrick Griffiths
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22 Nov 2006

For readers who want to design Web pages that load quickly, are easy to update, accessible to all, work on all browsers and can be quickly adapted to different media, this comprehensive guide represents the best way to go about it. By focusing on the ways the two languages--XHTML and CSS--complement each other, Web design pro Patrick Griffiths provides the fastest, most efficient way of accomplishing specific Web design tasks. With Web standards best practices at its heart, it outlines how to do things the right way from the outset, resulting in highly optimized web pages, in a quicker, easier, less painful way than users could hope for! Split into 10 easy-to-follow chapters such as Text, Images, Layout, Lists, and Forms, and coupled with handy quick-reference XHTML tag and CSS property appendixes, HTML Dog is the perfect guide and companion for anyone wanting to master these languages. Readers can also see the lessons in action with more than 70 online examples constructed especially for the book.



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  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: New Riders; 1 edition (22 Nov 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0321311396
  • ISBN-13: 978-0321311399
  • Product Dimensions: 18.5 x 1.9 x 23.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 265,420 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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For readers who want to design Web pages that load quickly, are easy to update, accessible to all, work on all browsers and can be quickly adapted to different media, this comprehensive guide represents the best way to go about it. By focusing on the ways the two languages--XHTML and CSS--complement each other, Web design pro Patrick Griffiths provides the fastest, most efficient way of accomplishing specific Web design tasks. With Web standards best practices at its heart, it outlines how to do things the right way from the outset, resulting in highly optimized web pages, in a quicker, easier, less painful way than users could hope for! Split into 10 easy-to-follow chapters such as Text, Images, Layout, Lists, and Forms, and coupled with handy quick-reference XHTML tag and CSS property appendixes, HTML Dog is the perfect guide and companion for anyone wanting to master these languages. Readers can also see the lessons in action with more than 70 online examples constructed especially for the book.

About the Author

Patrick Griffiths of London, England, has been an HTML specialist since 1999. He has worked in this specific capacity for, amongst others, Vodafone, educational establishments, and on various government projects. More recently, as a developer and instructor for his own company, Vivabit, he has given expert training to organizations such as Amnesty International, Legal and General, and London's Natural History Museum. As well as writing and maintaining the HMTL Dog Web site, he has contributed to resources such as A List Apart and the CSS Zen Garden, and is an active, well-known member of the web design community.

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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars HTML Dog - worth the biscuits 14 Mar 2007
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I ordered this book after reading the multitude of tutorials on Patrick Griffiths' website. I'm happy to say that it was a fantastic investment and has enabled me, in a simple, entertaining and easy way, to learn the intricacies of HTML and CSS.

Griffiths moves from detailed explanations of the difference between HTML and CSS, not only outlining examples, but also the practical reasons for using these web technologies together, then to more complex issues, such as layout. The book is full of web wizardry and expert tips all written in a casual and easy to read style.

I was so pleased with this book that I also bought the CSS Zen Garden book (also published by New Riders), which is another gem.

The Best Practice Guide is a worthy read for anybody wishing to learn standards based web development or simply wanting a decent reference. Highly recommended.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
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Patrick Griffiths - I salute you. I was in need of a guide to XHTML and CSS that would give me a good solid grounding on which to develop my new interest in web design. In the past, I had learnt from trial and error and various internet articles, but this book has changed the way I look at web design. Its chapters are very well laid out - they are clear, concise and instead of screeds of technical jargon, it is packed full of useful and interesting background information about web standards and straight-forward step-by-step instructions in plain English (with a few jokes along the way to hold your attention). Based on "web standards" and "best-practice" I know that the websites I will create with this book by my side will be of a high standard. This book has taken up residence next to my computer and I can see it staying there for a long time to come, as the appendixes are great references for each language.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not for beginners 15 Aug 2009
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Its very good, but not for beginners as it gets bogged down in the technical side of the coding fairly quickly and if you're not familiar with it, that could be a problem. As a best practice guide it is very good, but again, assumes a level of familiarity.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The only thing better than the website. 2 Oct 2010
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For those who know the HTML Dog website, the book has screen captures and pictures!

The size is light and practical and the index makes it easy to find the subjects you want.

The simple and clear explanations are perfect for every level of skills.
Explains it all down to the very basics so even beginners can understand, features examples and diagrams.

A lot of tags for those who love to blog and surf through forums are definitely useful as well.

I was a learner from its internet version and I still recommend this product to anyone.
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5.0 out of 5 stars book + website= success 28 Nov 2007
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I have never written a review before, but know feel compelled to do so.If you are serious about wanting to learn html, don't buy any of the 24hr quick learn rubbish, buy this book and follow the tutorials on th HTML Dog website. True, this book is fairly advanced, but the website starts it's tutotials from beginner,and they are concise and more importantly, written in xhtml strict. Buy this book along with HTML Mastery and Beginning CSS and CSS Missing Manual and you won't need anything else to learn how to write perfect code.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A very good book 14 Feb 2010
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I already *knew* the author via his HTML Dog web pages, so had high expectations of this book. It lived up to them. The writing is always clear and to the point. The author doesn't shy away from some pretty difficult stuff but handles it in a way that a relative beginner (like me) can understand. All in all a very good book.
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