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Web Design: The Complete Reference [Paperback]

Thomas A. Powell
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23 Aug 2002 0072224428 978-0072224429 2nd Revised edition
This book features a perfect blend of core theories behind Web design and practical, focused examples for designers of all levels.

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  • Paperback: 901 pages
  • Publisher: Osborne/McGraw-Hill; 2nd Revised edition edition (23 Aug 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0072224428
  • ISBN-13: 978-0072224429
  • Product Dimensions: 23.2 x 18.6 x 4.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,690,800 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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There are plenty of books on how to write HTML, and in fact Thomas Powell has already written one (HTML: The Complete Reference. This title is about the harder task of Web design, including planning the content, working out the overall layout of the site, making pages compelling and easy to use, and avoiding the numerous pitfalls of Web development. It is nevertheless a hands-on book, and the author assumes some knowledge of HTML, stylesheets, JavaScript and simple image manipulation. The idea is to help Web authors design and evaluate their work, with the focus firmly on the user's perspective.

After a general overview of usability, the author looks in detail at site navigation, including hyperlinks, indexing, and designing effective search facilities. For example, there are several pages on different kinds of rollover effects, with example code and a discussion of pros and cons. The next part covers page design, and tackles tricky issues such as fonts and colours on the web, and how to include forms and other interactive features.

A separate section on Web technology looks at browsers and browser detection, different versions of HTML and variants such as XHTML and XML, server-side and client-side programming, and the use of plug-ins, ActiveX and Java for rich client features. There is also a look at site management and how to make sense of usage logs. A short section covers future directions such as Web access from devices other than personal computers. The book closes with a series of appendices, covering site design principles, evaluation procedures, and references for fonts and colours. With plentiful examples, insights and suggestions, this is a great read for developers who know the technology but are unsure how best to put it all together. --Tim Anderson --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Design, build, and maintain dynamic Web sites that balance form and function. Inside you'll find thorough explanations of effective site architecture, layout, and navigational features, and discover how to add graphics, links, and multimedia. Also learn to handle privacy and security issues with respect to site design, and program dynamic Web applications.

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A quick first glance at this book would suggest that it deals with simple design issues, which it does clearly and concisely. However the more you delve into the book the more complex the concepts become. The writer does this in a gentle manner, avoiding jargon and pitching it perfectly between the web design beginner and professional.
Buy this book if you are designing a medium to large internet site, you will need to read it, its not a book that you can dip into easily without knowing your way around. But once you have read it you will carry many of the concepts around with you for a very long time.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A formal approach to web site design 7 Mar 2001
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I have many books on raw html, xhtml, xml, javascript etc but this is the first book that shows how to put all these technologies together for effective web site design and creation. The result is a formalised and structured approach to site building, without all those flashy, annoying graphics.
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When I started teaching myself about web design I couldn't find a decent book on the subject anywhere. I ended up with about four books which together answered the questions I had been asking. Then I discovered this book. It has all the information I wanted in one place. So save yourself some time and buy just one book, not four.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Too Old 2 July 2006
I bought this book from the reviews I read here on Amazon. When the book arrived I found it to be very dated indeed. It was published in 2000 so 6 years in the life of the Internet and web development must be a very long time. I'm sure this book was good in its day but there are probably better books out there.
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