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If you're working with HTML in any way, shape, or form, this book is an absolute requirement. -- Joel Spolsky, http://www.joelonsoftware.com, October 9, 2002
This is an essential reference for users with a serious interest in DHTML. -- Major Kearny, Book News, Jan 2003
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I first became aware of Danny Goodman way back in the late eighties when I was deeply immersed in Hypercard development. This was well before the world wide web appeared but hypercard had a lot of the ideas well in place before it was all - and much more - applied to the primarily news and mail internet and, arguably, it all went downhill from there. His The Complete HyperCard Handbook was my main bathroom and bedroom constant reading companion for far too long and I was merrily making address books and games and calendars that could phone you... It all looks pretty pedestrian now, of course.
Goodman went on to deal with some of the problems that had arisen due to designers trying to make web-based mark-up resemble print-based layout, something that Tim Berners-Lee had never envisaged when he tinkered the web together from bits of scrap code he had lying around his shed but which had caused all manner of problems, particularly with browser compatability which eventually led to the famous Browser Wars of the 'nineties.
Danny's book attempts to unravel some of this and presents itself as a bit of a cookbook in places with snippet solutions for some commonly - and not so commonly - encountered problems though the main focus is on getting the reader to appreciate the fundamentals.
It is quite good at this though a fair bit dryer than I remember the Hypercard stuff being.
Whatever the flavour is, it's an essential reference for anyone wanting to take html coding to the next level, and that has to be anyone doing any html coding at all, at least up to the introduction and widespread adoption of html5.
CSS - Not too verbose, light on examples, but superb as a reference.
In short, everyone involved in writing HTML, or client side code, should have this book.
There isn't anything on Accessibility other than a single paragraph drawing your attention to the Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI). DHTML and Accessibility could be considered inimical but that isn't the case and I'd perhaps have liked to see this elaborated on with some suggestions on how to achieve an Accessible site whilst still using DHTML. In practice, however, I've found it easy to meet the Priority 1 checkpoints (or A rating) set by the WAI even with a complete DHTML site so perhaps this is not really an issue.
I find this book really useful. I can't imagine any web developer doing without this book and managing to produce a good cross-platform solution and I also can't imagine that developer needing any other texts on any of the technologies covered here. I certainly don't have any others on my desk today.