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  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Peachpit Press; 4 edition (20 Oct. 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0201354934
  • ISBN-13: 978-0201354935
  • Product Dimensions: 18 x 2 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 773,913 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Whether you use a high-end authoring application like Dreamweaver, or, in the most economical fashion, you write your own code out in a text file, knowing your way around HTML comes in handy. HTML 4 for the World Wide Web: Visual QuickStart Guide will teach you what you need to know quickly.

The book covers the latest specifications of HTML 4 set by the World Wide Web Consortium, from the most basic tags that place text, images and links on the page to more complex ones that set up tables, frames or forms. New to this fourth edition, the book provides a chapter on debugging, including browser compatibility issues, expanded sections on Cascading Style Sheets, Javascript, and CGI scripts for use with forms.

As with all Visual QuickStart Guides, HTML 4 features clear and concise instructions side-by-side with well-captioned illustrations and screenshots that show both the source code and the resulting effect on the Web page. The index is extremely detailed, making this a good reference book for intermediate users who are already familiar with basic HTML but need help with specific topics.

The book also includes extensive and useful appendices. One offers a chart that describes each tag (along with its compatibility with Netscape Navigator and/or Internet Explorer.) Other appendices show the code for special symbols, hexadecimal equivalents for RGB colours and a comparison chart for some of the HTML editors on the market. All in all, this is the perfect desktop reference for Web designers. --Angelynn Grant, Amazon.com

Topics covered: HTML code for creating Web pages, including formatting text, images, links, colours, tables, frames, forms, embedded multimedia clips, cascading style sheets, basic javascript actions like rollovers, finer points like drop caps and page counters, debugging code, browser compatibility issues, publishing pages on the internet, registering with search engines. --Sarah Taylor

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HyperText Markup Language (HTML) is the lingua franca of the Web, and like any language, it's constantly evolving. That's why Elizabeth Castro has written HTML 4 for the World Wide Web, Fourth Edition: Visual QuickStart Guide, an update to her blockbuster guide to HTML 4. You'll find all the concise, practical advice--and fun examples--that made the first edition a worldwide bestseller, plus entirely new coverage of debugging, JavaScript, and using tables for page layout, and an expanded section on Cascading Style Sheets.

Like all the books in the Visual QuickStart series, this one breaks even the most complex tasks into easy-to-follow steps illustrated with hundreds of screenshots and the actual code. The book presumes no prior knowledge of HTML, making it the perfect introduction for beginners. But its tabbed format and info-packed appendixes (on special HTML characters and Web-safe colors, for example) also make it a handy and indispensable reference for those who build Web pages for a living. Find out why Amazon called the previous edition a "dream guide" to HTML.

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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 22 Aug. 2001
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I am a student at university and during the past year I had to design my first web site from scratch using only html. At first I thought it was going to be a daunting task however by chance this excellent book was bought for me and what a gem it is. The author gently takes you from the very basic beginning, assumes that you have zero knowledge, and carefully guides you through the process of designing a web site. Forms, simple javascript, style sheets, cgi and much more are to be found within this book. Do not let the apparent lack of pages deter you for small fonts allow Liz to pack this book with information. Importantly for other students this book is unbelievably priced. Do not make the mistake of thinking that because it is affordable and relatively small that it cannot be useful, I have other large and dense books which I found to be totally confusing and offputting. If you want to understand html and write a simple elegant website then this book is the best. By the way I got 76% for the website assignment. Thanks Liz!
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 11 July 2002
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Before reading this book my understanding of HTML was very limited, however now I can understand the structure of a HTML page, I can see what its meant to do and how it is doing it.
Prior to reading the book, my web design was all done via FrontPage, I ignored the HTML code. This of course resulted in larger file sizes due to the software adding extra code.
Now I've learned to read and use HTML, and most importantly for myself, the book has introduced Cascading Style Sheets to me. This has enabled me to go through each of the pages on my website, rewriting the code, implementing CSS and so far, the size of the first 7 pages I have changed has reduced from a total of 103kb to 30kb.
This really is an excellent book, it starts with the basics, and provides easy to follow instructions and example HTML code.
If your wanting to learn HTML then I would highly recommend this book. Great to read through and an excellent reference tool.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 1 Feb. 2001
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I knew the basics of HTML before buying the book but with the help of the book I was able to create much more! This isn't a book i'd read from cover to cover. I've used it as a reference guide. Straighforward, step by step examples help you to understand what the HTML code is doing. Highly reccommended for a beginner looking to learn more complex parts of HTML.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 2 Mar. 2001
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I bought a couple of HTML books when I bought this one and all the others have been assigned to the bookshelf to gather dust. I started with a very limited and basic knowledge of HTML and I am now training others! The book is divided into easy to use sections which allow the reader to dip in as and when required and the examples are very clear and concise making it a perfect beginner's guide. Whether you're a complete beginner to HTML or a more experienced user who wants an easy to use reference then, in my humble opinion, this book is a must!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By MrPower on 28 Aug. 2004
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A lot of HTML guides out there are woefully outdated (and not particularly clear either). This book is in its fifth edition, so she must be doing something right! But she has brought out an even easier and clearer guide which doesn't seem to be available yet on Amazon, but which I heartily recommend for newbies - 'Creating a Web page in HTML' . This slim volume is the best introduction to creating web pages I have seen and is produced with extensive visuals and screenshots (both Windows and Mac) in full colour. It is thoroughly up to date and provides clear explanations and examples of Style Sheets, Colours, navigaton, images and everything else you need to get a basic web site online. After mastering this book you can then move on to HTML 4 for the WWW, which, by the way, Castro points out is a *reference* book. Oh, there's a companion website too.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By primaamorhw@netscapeonline.co.uk on 26 Jan. 2002
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I needed to learn HTML 4 quickly and this book taught me everything I needed to know in just under
one week. The book is superbly presented in a simple but effective manner allowing the reader to
grasp the concepts in no time at all and the visual way in which this book describes HTML makes it so
straightforward to learn everything you need to know to build a static website plus once you have finished the book you can use it as a reference guide so you get two books for the price of one. As far as I am concerned this book is a MUST for anyone wishing to learn HTML4, it is well written, well laid out and Elizabeth Castro's writing style just infuses the reader with confidence and a hunger for learning. BUY IT -
YOU WON'T REGRET IT.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Paul Fox on 10 Sept. 2001
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I started my HTML by using the WYSIWYG editors but soon found this limiting. After reading this book although I would not want to create HTML from scratch, I now prototype it using WYSIWYG but now finish if off by editing the HTML directly in an HTML editor. Very good supporting website . The chart on colours is very useful, as is the particle advice on images and frames. Lots of good advice on what HTML works with the widest possible number of browsers. While not an extensive reference, it has enough to get you to an intermediate to advanced level.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 18 April 2001
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I read the Complete Idiot's Guide to HTML and got utterly fed up with all the "don't worry" approach - all I wanted was to know what I could do, how it would look in HTML and how it would look on the web page. That's exactly what this book does - it's a brilliant visual guide which lets you grasp the vital stuff within no time. I've now written my first HMTL page for the company Intranet within a couple of days. If you are starting out on the web - go for it!
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