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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars All there is to know in one volume!, 25 Feb. 2004
This review is from: HTML & XHTML: The Complete Reference (Osborne Complete Reference Series) (Paperback)
'HTML and XHTML: The Complete Reference' really does offer the beginner a complete course in mark-up, from the basic tags to some advanced techniques. The content is logically organised and covers every aspect of XHTML. The book also touches on such issues as server and client side programming, and delivering your website once it has been written. These sections only represent brief expositions, but that is in no way a criticism since they give the reader a starting point, and there are plenty of books available for these separate topics.
In all 'HTML and XHTML: The Complete Reference' is an excellent book for the beginner and its rigorous approach really gives the reader confidence in the techniques described. Also, I suspect that experienced programmers would still find this volume useful as a reference work - the appendices contain precise technical information on tags, colours, document type definitions etc.
If you only by one book on XHTML, make it this one!
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The most useful book I've ever bought., 13 Jan. 2005
This review is from: HTML & XHTML: The Complete Reference (Osborne Complete Reference Series) (Paperback)
Anyone who builds or maintains websites should have a copy of this book at their disposal. Anyone who wants to learn the basics should follow chapters 1-6, then skip to 10, 11 and 12.
I have seen a lot of books on HTML in the 10 years I have been building websites, but none of the others come close to this reference. Its Appendix of CSS properties alone makes it indespensible.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The complete reference sums up this book perfectly, 25 Feb. 2004
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This review is from: HTML & XHTML: The Complete Reference (Osborne Complete Reference Series) (Paperback)
I bought this book as an IT student who wanted a concise guide to HTML, CSS, XML and some server-side programming and this book doesnt disappoint. It provides exactly what it says, and then lots more besides. I have done lots of web programming since i bought this book and it's remained indispensable as a desktop reference. That said, this book alone isn't enough for the advanced web programmer who would need a similar reference for Java and possibly Javascript as well. For a Java reference i would highly recommend Java 2: The Complete Reference, as this is an excellent reference (Herb Schildt - this books co-author is and is an excellent programming author, whose books, i would highly recommend).
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