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HTML, XHTML, and CSS All-in-one Desk Reference For Dummies [Paperback]

Andy Harris , Chris McCulloh
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9 May 2008 0470186275 978-0470186275 Pap/Cdr Or
Want to build a killer Web site? Want to make it easy to keep your site up to date? You′ll need to know how CSS, HTML, and XHTML work together. HTML, XHTML, and CSS All–In–One Desk Reference For Dummies makes that easy too! These eight minibooks get you started, explain standards, and help you connect all the dots to create sites with pizzazz.

This handy, one–stop guide catches you up on XHTML basics and CSS fundamentals. You′ll learn how to work with Positionable CSS to create floating elements, margins, and multi–column layouts, and you′ll get up to speed on client–side programming with JavaScript. You′ll also get the low–down on server side programming with PHP, creating a database with MySQL, and using Ajax on both client and server sides. You′ll find out how to:

  • Use templates and validators
  • Manage information with lists and tables
  • Turn lists of links into button bars
  • Add style color and borders
  • Create variables for data
  • Add motion with basic DOM animation
  • Work with arrays
  • Add Flash functionality with AFLAX
  • Build and manage a multipage site
  • Choose and run your own server

You don′t need expensive or complicated software or a super–powerful computer to build a Web site that does all sorts of amazing things. All you need is a text editor and the clear, step–by–step guidance you′ll find in HTML, XHTML, and CSS All–In–One Desk Reference For Dummies.

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  • Paperback: 960 pages
  • Publisher: John Wiley & Sons; Pap/Cdr Or edition (9 May 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470186275
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470186275
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 16.6 x 24.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 340,297 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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8 books in 1 — your key to developing powerful Web applications

Your one–stop guide to using CSS with XHTML to create dynamic sites

Things move quickly on the Web, and you want to make it easy to keep yoursite up to date. So you′ll want to know how HTML, XHTML, and CSS worktogether, and this book makes that easy! Handy minibooks get you started, explain how to use the most up–to–date standards, and show you how to put it all together for sites with pizazz.

Discover how to:

  • Use templates and validators

  • Manage information with lists and tables

  • Add style, color, and borders

  • Create powerful applications with Ajax

  • Add interactivity to your Web site

About the Author

Andy Harris began his teaching life as a special education teacher. As he was teaching young adults with severe disabilities, he taught himself enough computer programming to support his teaching habit with freelance programming. Those were the exciting days when computers started to have hard drives, and some computers began communicating with each other over an arcane mechanism some were calling the Internet.
All this time Andy was teaching computer science part time. He joined the faculty of the Indiana University/Purdue University — Indianapolis Computer Science department in 1995. He serves as a Senior Lecturer, teaching the introductory course to Freshmen as well as numerous courses on Web development, general programming, and game programming. As manager of the Streaming Media Laboratory, he developed a number of online video–based courses, and worked on a number of international distance education projects including helping to start a computer science program in Tetevo, Macedonia FYR.
Andy is the author of several other computing books, including Beginning Flash Game Programming For Dummies and Game Programming: The L Line. He invites your comments and questions at andy@aharrisbooks.net.

Chris McCulloh has a bachelor’s degree in Media Arts and Science from Indiana University/Purdue University — Indianapolis (IUPUI), a certificate in Applied Computer Science from the Computer and Information Science Department (CSCI) at IUPUI, and is a full–time PHP Developer working at CIK Enterprises. He loves to teach, write, and read, and is currently teaching server–side programming for CSCI at IUPUI. He writes a programming–related blog on his Flash game site at blog.chomperstomp.com, and maintains a popular Firefox extension located at statusbarcalculator.com.

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars HTML, XHTML and CSS for Dummies 1 May 2009
A good book.
I bought it because my HTML knowledge is very limited and I needed a bit more to write the help text for some applications I am writing. The help browser is an HTML viewer. I work on Apple Mac's.
This book claims to be platform independent and the author does constantly refer to Apple and Linux however the text is very Windows centric and he spends a lot of time explaining how to use software tools that are only available on Windows. That I found a little annoying.
I admit, for my purposes this volume is a little OTT but nevertheless very readable. It takes from the very basics to in depth in easy stages. For the (non-Windows) bits that were of real interest to me, possibly too basic for the professional, but great for the beginner or intermediate user.
A syntax table would have been useful.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Super Useful 19 Nov 2008
I run three different websites and have found this All-In-One Desk Reference to be an invaluable aid as I upgrade my sites to XHTML and CSS; I've learned a lot along the way and feel much more in control of my sites than I ever have before. The book is written in a direct and simple manner; and the occasional use of humour is usually well-timed and a good memory aid to boot. This Reference comes with a CD full of useful software (including the great [and free] Aptana Studio, which I'd never heard of before) for Windows, Mac and Linux users. My only gripe is that there is more software for Windows users on the CD than for people who use other operating systems; however, it is easy to Google and find alternative free programs when necessary.

All in all, this is a hugely useful and concise book that I would recommend to anyone starting out in web development - it can take you from beginner level to advanced very quickly.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great For Beginners 28 Oct 2008
A must for anyone starting out in the web design business. A bit of HTML knowledge does help before starting the book as I think it may be a bit confusing for a complete novice. If you understand the basic concepts of <tags> this book will take you to the next level and beyond. It is well written with some humour (a godsend I think when reading technical books) as if the author is sitting next to you, and has plenty of tips, warnings and techical information. It is easy to follow with clear diagrams for each step - the CD is an added bonus and will probably be very useful to many beginners who want to follow each step. The book has taught me a vast amount that I couldn't get from internet sites, and the pricetag is very reasonable. Definately a worthwhile purchase!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Worth every penny 5 Nov 2008
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This is indeed a perfect book for a beginner its not just informative but its a great light reading. To be a good teacher is not enough just to know the material one have to have teaching talant that Andy Harris unquestionably have.
If a question pops into your head during the reading you will probably have the answer in the next two sentences.
I highly recommend this book its clear, written with great sense of humor
and its truly all you need to start your way in the web developing world.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book for starting on the web 6 Oct 2010
This book is very good for those with little or no knowledge about programming on the web.

I bought this book a while ago, but I still find my myself constantly referring to it. I bought it because a couple of years before, I had tried learning HTML, but I didn't understand any of it. This book though, is amazingly good for learning it. It takes you through each chapter at a good pace and has useful comments that help you understand it. After the first three books, I was creating good, static web pages in no time at all.

PHP and Javascript are both explained reasonably well. Although I didn't understand Javascript at first, I think that was me rather than the book because as soon as I went back to it after PHP it made a lot more sense. Both these two sections are still remarkably good and cover all the necessary basics for creating dynamic websites.

I do think that the MySQL and AJAX sections are too confusing. I stumbled through them and didn't really come out none the wiser. Since reading them, my MySQL skills have developed and it now serves as a good reference, but I wouldn't recommend either for beginners. Also, the AJAX part should really be called jQuery because it focuses more on that rather than AJAX.

Overall though, the book is thoroughly enjoyable and has always been useful and I would highly recommend it to anyone looking to get started making websites on the internet.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Lots of info but few tutorials.. 31 Oct 2009
Packed with tools, firefox addons and various utilities recommended in the lessons (all on disc), this book got me off to a great start. The only problem I found was at the end of the first book (HTML) it stopped giving the 'guided tutorials' and instead just proceeded to show me different things I could do without explaining exactly how.

The few examples it did display the code for, it did try to explain what the code meant but in my opinion, it jumped to quickly from the holding-your-hand-while-you-learn stage to the this-is-what-you-can-do-when-you-know-what-you're-doing stage almost instantly, leaving me feeling a bit lost, like i'm waiting for the next example to follow along to that never appears..

Overall, a fascinating read written in an informal, interesting style which is easy to read and understand, yet contains the essence of what you need to know, whilst providing many tips and software recommendations to work alongside the examples in the book.

If you are a quick study and are handy with a search engine to complement this book, it should set you up nicely...
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Published on 11 April 2010 by MoorWatcher
2.0 out of 5 stars Looks like im not even a dummy
Well in my opinion its not the best For Dummies book, its a great book very smart but it just lacks that For Dummies quality, another show off author , its ok thru xhtml and css... Read more
Published on 2 Nov 2009 by W. Bus
5.0 out of 5 stars I'm not a dummy! But still a great book!
A great bookfor creating your first website!

I was worried to start with as I've not used the 'for dummies' series of books before. I need not have been. Read more
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