Buy this book if you want to know HTML. -- Tony Patton, builder.com, Oct 29, 2002
This is an important, and very useful reference work. If you are working with any web application, you'll need this on your desk. -- PC Plus, Feb 2003
About the Author
Chuck Musciano has spent his life on the East Coast, having spent time in Maryland, Georgia, and New Jersey before acquiring a B.S. in computer science from Georgia Tech in 1982. Since then, he has resided in Melbourne, Florida, in the employ of Harris Corporation. He began his career as a compiler writer and crafter of tools and went on to join Harris' Advanced Technology Group to help develop large-scale multiprocessors. This led to a prolonged interest in user-interface research and development, which finally gave way to his current position, manager of UNIX Systems in Harris' Corporate Data Center. Along the way, he grew to know and love the Internet, having contributed a number of publicly available tools to the Net and started the still-running Internet Movie Ratings Report. The Web was a natural next step, and he has been running various Web sites within and without Harris for several years. Chuck has written on UNIX-related topics in the trade press for the past decade, most visibly as the "Webmaster" columnist for Sunworld Online (http://www.sun.com/sunworldonline). In his spare time he enjoys life in Florida with his wife Cindy, daughter Courtney, and son Cole.
Bill Kennedy is currently president and chief technical officer of ActivMedia, Inc., a new media marketing and marketing research company based in beautiful Peterborough, NH, but which conducts business with clients and associates from around the world primarily over the Internet (http://www.activmedia.com). When not hacking new HTML pages or writing about them, "Dr. Bill" (Ph.D. in biophysics from Loyola University of Chicago, of all things!) is out promoting a line of mobile, autonomous robots as real-world platforms for artificial intelligence and fuzzy logic research and for education (http://www.rwii.com). Or he's out drumming up writing assignments from his former colleagues at IDG's SunWorld/Advanced Systems Magazine (now SunWorld Online; http://www.sun.com), where he served as a senior editor-features (at-large over the Internet, of course) for nearly five years. Contact Dr. Bill directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Making information more accessible is the single most important quality of HTML and its progeny,XHTML.The languages excellent collection of text style and formatting tools help you organize your information into documents readers can quickly understand,scan,and extract, possibly with automated browser agents.
Beyond embellishing your text with specialized text tags, HTML and XHTML provide a rich set of tools that help you organize content into formatted lists.There s nothing magical or mysterious about lists. In fact,the beauty of lists is their simplicity. They re based on common list paradigms we encounter every day, such as unordered laundry
lists, ordered instruction lists,and dictionary-like definition lists. All are familiar,comfortable ways of organizing content.All provide powerful means for quickly understanding, scanning, and extracting pertinent information from your web documents.