Dynamic HTML: The Definitive Reference Paperback – 6 Jan 2007
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Danny Goodman felt that he couldn't trust any of the documentation on Dynamic HTML (DHTML) that he read (too many contradictions), so he wrote Dynamic HTML: The Definitive Reference as a reference for working with his own clients. After testing tags and techniques on multiple releases of the main browsers, Goodman came up with very practical information--some of which you may not find in any other resource.
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 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Top Customer Reviews
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.
The amount of information in this book is incredible. 1400 pages!
Mr. Goodman explains the current situation, where Microsoft's Internet Explorer follows one "standard" and the other browsers follow the W3C standards to varying degrees. He also indicates which version of MS IE first began to support each feature, allowing you to decide whether you want to use some feature that some of your clients' older browsers may not support. This kind of information is invaluable if you want to make your web site cross-browser compatible, including support for Macintosh, Unix, Linux, etc., as well as Windows.
My only criticism is that the book is unfortunately becoming a bit dated. It was published in Sept. 2002 so it obviously can't contain any information about the latest versions of web browsers. On the other hand, Microsoft has not released any new version of IE for over two years, so it's only information about the latest versions of Netscape and other browsers that is missing.
One additional thing I liked about this book was that Danny Goodman sometimes uses an almost poetic English, something rather unusual in a technology book. A couple of examples from page 19: "... can be a challenge unto itself." "If the inexorable flow of new browser versions..."
Highly recommended if you are making web pages that require the use of Dynamic HTML.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The book is excellent (probably), but I'm having trouble getting a copy of the third edition to see it. Read morePublished on 15 Oct. 2011 by C. Wootton
I've always thought of this as one of those must-have books. However, on looking at its cover once again, it is quite plain to see that in the years I have owned the book, I have... Read morePublished on 4 May 2011 by Facebook Answers
Three quick questions. Are you at least dimly familiar with every piece of code you'll want to use? Enough that, when attempting a task, you'll know at least the first few letters... Read morePublished on 6 Nov. 2007 by A. Slater
If you do any sort of web design, whether as a do-it yourself novice or as a professional web designer, Dynamic HTML is a must have resource. Read morePublished on 7 Oct. 2007 by Tami Brady
This refers to the 3rd edition (Dec 2006).
This is some tome at some 1200 plus pages (discounting the indices). Read more
From the first edition, through to the second, this book hasn't been off my desk for the last 5 years. Read morePublished on 1 Feb. 2005 by Greg
I found this book hard going 3 years ago when I was just getting into dhtml. As time has gone on I have found it to be, without doubt THE most important, useful, informative book... Read morePublished on 28 Feb. 2002 by email@example.com
This is the only refernce book you'll need for HTML and the browser object model (dhtml). It is ESSENTIAL. Only problem is that it's age is now showing. Read morePublished on 15 Jan. 2002
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