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  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: John Wiley & Sons (9 July 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0764568450
  • ISBN-13: 978-0764568459
  • Product Dimensions: 15.5 x 2.3 x 23.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,249,058 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Do more than you ever thought possible with HTML, the most commonly used language of the Web! Packed with insider tips, tricks, timesavers, and workarounds, this unique guide shows you how to make the most of the methods and techniques you need to make fun and exciting Web pages. From streamlining the design process to improving a site’s ranking through its dynamic content, it delivers all the secrets you need to get more done in less time, save money, and become a successful Web designer.

The Insider’s Guide to:

  • Setting up a master Web designer’s ultimate toolbox, necessary to effectively manage a site (see Chapter 1)
  • Defining the scope of a project and putting a process in place to manage it efficiently (see Chapter 2)
  • Creating and managing spectacular content–the most influential aspect of a site (see Chapter 5)
  • Crafting Web pages with HTML while discovering how to use HTML in such a way that it will make numerous other Web design aspects smoother (see Chapter 6)
  • The real story behind using XHTML–and why it’s so important (see Chapter 7)
  • Maximizing the abilities of Cascading Style Sheets to eliminate problems, improve workflow, and add visual effects (see Chapter 8)
  • Constructing exciting designs that work in a global environment (see Chapter 11)
  • Keeping content fresh and engaging so that visitors come back and spread the word (see Chapter 13)
  • Improving a site’s ranking and managing its promotions (see Chapter 14)

About the Author

In the world of Web design and development, Molly E. Holzschlag is one of the most vibrant and influential people around. With over 30 Web development book titles to her credit, Molly is also a noted columnist, speaker, and educator.
As a Steering Committee Member of the Web Standards Project (WaSP), Molly works along with a group of other dedicated Web developers and designers to promote open standards for the Web. She serves as an advisor and spokeswoman for the World Organization of Webmasters. Molly speaks regularly at conferences in addition tot teaching and developing curriculum for a number of colleges and universities, including the University of Phoenix, New School University, and Pima Community College.
Many recognize Molly from her Column “Integrated Design.” Which appeared in the much–missed Web Techniques Magazine for three years, and from sister publication, where Molly served as Executive Editor for a year during the best of the San Francisco era. Molly has been honored as one of the Top 25 Most Influential Women on the Web. For more information about Molly, drop by at

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Very readable and easy to find what you're looking for. Contains lots of information I haven't found elsewhere. A great book to have, especially if you're learning how to design with web standards. Don't be put off by the cover.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Concise and thorough reading for any web designer 31 July 2004
By M. Burris - Published on
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I'm always hungry for new knowledge as a web designer, looking for that one trick to make my site either faster, easier to understand, accessible, and better. Sure, you could scour the web for weeks, looking for all the little tips and tricks that makes a good website great, or you can get this book and discover it all easily. All from a person who has, for many years, made the web a better place.

Molly's attention to detail, her teaching methods, and approach to giving these secrets and tips makes is utterly easy to digest and remember. By all means, this book is a treasure trove of knowledge that belongs in every web designer's personal collection.
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Easier long term maintenance 23 Sept. 2004
By W Boudville - Published on
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If you have already used HTML to make some web pages, then this book might be of value. That is, if you plan on adding more pages or perhaps you want to maintain the website hosting these pages? The book talks about how to handle this next level of complexity. The author does not bog you down in the fine details of HTML syntax. Instead, she gives many suggestions ["secrets"] on making a logical arrangement of content. Like giving simple, intuitive names to the directory hierarchy and files. So that users can traverse your website easily.

Typically, most of the suggestions are of this style. The payoff is often easier long term maintenance. Like her ideas on effectively using CSS and XHTML. Again, like with HTML itself, you need some minimal prior acquaintance with these packages, to take advantage of this book.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Diamond in the Rough!!!! 12 Aug. 2005
By 3DCal - Published on
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Great book!

Very complete overview and many snippets of experience.

I only called it "in the Rough" because of the paper & binding... it isn't shiney, and no color prints, but the info is the Diamond, and worth much more. As they say, "Don't judge a book by its cover"!

Molly's books are always worth keeping. She delivers. =)

6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good reference to keep at hand 1 Nov. 2004
By vanderwal - Published on
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This is one of the few web books that has great breadth and gives sufficient depth to help not only the novice, but a seasoned web developer. This book has been quite helpful for the web team I am on to understand what current best practices are and how we get to this level.

There are so many poorly developed sites on the web it is great to have a book at hand to point to when needing to explain how to do it right. Molly's book is one of the quickest ways to start building web sites right
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3.0 out of 5 stars Preview in person 17 Nov. 2004
By Jack D. Herrington - Published on
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To be certain there are some invaluable hints in this book. But since the items covered are just spots of information from here and there around the landscape of web and design standards you need to check this book out in person to make sure you are getting your moneys worth. In particular I liked the material on CSS layout, but I was disappointed with coverage of basic topics like web safe colors, which requires a more in-depth discussion than the few paragraphs presented. Worth the look, but be sure to look before you buy.
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