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  • Paperback: 1328 pages
  • Publisher: O'Reilly Media; 3 edition (6 Jan. 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0596527403
  • ISBN-13: 978-0596527402
  • Product Dimensions: 17.8 x 5.5 x 23.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 740,024 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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.

Goodman assumes a solid foundation, if not expertise, in basic HTML and an understanding of what DHTML is all about. From those assumptions, he presents a meaty, information-dense volume. The first of the book's four sections discusses industry standards and how to apply the basic principles of DHTML. He emphasises the differences in Web browsers and discusses how to build pages so that they work well in both Netscape Navigator and Microsoft Internet Explorer. The second section is an extensive, quick reference of all the tags, objects and properties of HTML, cascading style sheets, Document Object Model, and core JavaScript. A particularly handy cross-reference guide to this information follows, helping you locate it in alternate ways. The final section contains appendices, with useful tables of values and commands. --Elizabeth Lewis --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


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.

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This is the completely updated second edition. Four years ago I made the first edition my constant companion and it has saved me, and any other web developer nearby, weeks of head-scratching since. Back then we had to tussle with Netscape Navigator 4 vs. Internet Explorer 4 whilst supporting the version 3 browsers. This edition brings home just how much has changed and just how much is new. Most importantly, it helps you to develop web interfaces that will be cross-platform from the outset.
The book is not an introduction to DHTML but it does have a section on Applying DHTML that covers not only the current state of the art but also gives clear guidance in making use of all the features. Danny Goodman makes it very clear that he is not going to discuss the DHTML that Navigator 4 introduced, the <layer> tag and JavaScript style rules, but points out that they are covered in the first edition should you really need to know.
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.
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I bought this book to learn how to create a new menu system for a web site that I'm working on, and I certainly don't regret the choice. Danny Goodman's book does a very good job of covering Dynamic HTML (DHTML), HTML (Hypertext Markup Language), CSS (Cascading Style Sheets), DOM (Document Object Model) and even JavaScript.
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.
Rennie Petersen
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By Ivan TOP 500 REVIEWER on 5 May 2014
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the author, not the book.

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.
The whole problem went away with the re-marking out of The Ground by the World Web Consortium, who announced an end to the silliness and a re-booting of the web with the main model now being the separation of content from form with content being taken care of by html and ALL styling being handled by Cascading Style Sheets (CSS). This introduced a whole new series of problems as, though the revised approached made for leaner, faster web pages, everything tended to look a bit templatey-same-ish and a lot of things that designers took for granted became virtually impossible to implement with CSS leading to the most astonishingly complicated workarounds involving javascript and unintuitive nesting of page components.
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