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on 27 January 1998
I'm surprised by the negativity of the reviews here. Yes, it has flaws. All Web books have flaws. With the fast dynamics of the Web world and the fact that with no standards everyone thinks everything should be done THEIR way it isn't surprising that there exist few GOOD books - yet.
What I like most about the book is that it covers alot of ground. HTML (yes, the HTML *4* sections are poor but the good ol' basic 3.2 is covered well), CGI (yes, not *much* but enough for a start - wish there was more Perl though), how to organize a collection, defining graphics extensions and MIME types ... really alot for the serious beginer.
My professional Web graphics person thought she did quite a good job on design principles and tips and I use it in the class I teach!
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on 11 October 1997
There is no compelling reason to buy or read Lemay's Teach Yourself HTML. You won't find anything truly new in this book. What you will find is a rehash and of the previous edition. Coverage of HTML 4 is so pathetic it might as well be non existant. Regardless no current browser supports HTML 4 anyway. HTML 4 is a proposal that has already changed dramatically since this book was published, making the admitedly poor coverage of HTML 4 already outdated.
You will do much better if you buy William Staneks Web Publishing Unleashed Professional. The book reads like a thoroghbred and is full of expert tips and advice. These tips and advice will save you time money and frustration. In summary I say stanek's book is the better book.
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on 25 November 1997
HTML 4 NOT! In the first place the book has LITTLE to do with HTML 4. In the second place the book is poorly written. Why promote HTML 4 on the cover then NOT discuss it? Could it be the author is hiding something? Like the fact you can't even use HTML 4 yet. More worse is the talk about dynamic HTML. Maybe I missed something BUT the whole discuss on dynamic HTML, stylesheets, others that are supposed to be there are missing for the most part. In summary I don't know why anyone would get this book.
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on 25 July 1998
Laura Lemay is a great source of information on web publishing for the advanced to the beginner. Her books are easy to understand with plenty of examples and thing you can use right away. Better than the dummies for dummies books
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on 9 February 1998
A good reference book for HTML. You just cannot cover all HTML, CGI, PERl, JAVA, JavaScript....in one book, even with 1000++ pages. However, it's good one for users with solid Unix background and some programming experience.
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on 2 December 1997
Why does publication date say Novemember? Is this to fool us stupid readers into thinking the book covers the latest revisions to HTML 4? It doesn't! Get the book to learn HTML basics not HTML 4.
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