HTML Dog:The Best-Practice Guide to XHTML and CSS Paperback – 22 Nov 2006
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From the Back Cover
For readers who want to design Web pages that load quickly, are easy to update, accessible to all, work on all browsers and can be quickly adapted to different media, this comprehensive guide represents the best way to go about it. By focusing on the ways the two languages--XHTML and CSS--complement each other, Web design pro Patrick Griffiths provides the fastest, most efficient way of accomplishing specific Web design tasks. With Web standards best practices at its heart, it outlines how to do things the right way from the outset, resulting in highly optimized web pages, in a quicker, easier, less painful way than users could hope for! Split into 10 easy-to-follow chapters such as Text, Images, Layout, Lists, and Forms, and coupled with handy quick-reference XHTML tag and CSS property appendixes, HTML Dog is the perfect guide and companion for anyone wanting to master these languages. Readers can also see the lessons in action with more than 70 online examples constructed especially for the book.
About the Author
Patrick Griffiths of London, England, has been an HTML specialist since 1999. He has worked in this specific capacity for, amongst others, Vodafone, educational establishments, and on various government projects. More recently, as a developer and instructor for his own company, Vivabit, he has given expert training to organizations such as Amnesty International, Legal and General, and London's Natural History Museum. As well as writing and maintaining the HMTL Dog Web site, he has contributed to resources such as A List Apart and the CSS Zen Garden, and is an active, well-known member of the web design community.
Top Customer Reviews
Griffiths moves from detailed explanations of the difference between HTML and CSS, not only outlining examples, but also the practical reasons for using these web technologies together, then to more complex issues, such as layout. The book is full of web wizardry and expert tips all written in a casual and easy to read style.
I was so pleased with this book that I also bought the CSS Zen Garden book (also published by New Riders), which is another gem.
The Best Practice Guide is a worthy read for anybody wishing to learn standards based web development or simply wanting a decent reference. Highly recommended.
The size is light and practical and the index makes it easy to find the subjects you want.
The simple and clear explanations are perfect for every level of skills.
Explains it all down to the very basics so even beginners can understand, features examples and diagrams.
A lot of tags for those who love to blog and surf through forums are definitely useful as well.
I was a learner from its internet version and I still recommend this product to anyone.
The book has been written by an author that obviously knows his stuff and there's plenty in here that'll help anyone get started with using XHTML (or HTML for that matter), and in a way that'll ensure that content and presentation are well separated and that the best possible use is being made of CSS features. Even those who feel they've got a grip on the whole thing will find there's something here to make them think again about what they've been coding.
The writing style is chatty and for the most part it manages to seem like someone 'older and wiser' in the office offering help and advice from their vast experience. It's a book you can browse.
The main thing that's missing is information on dealing with the differences between browsers, and you'll probably need another book for that. The CSS Anthology is pretty good in this respect and would complement this book quite well.
So, what about the white space? I really thought I'd seen the last of books with acres of white space around the page and using widely spaced lines. But apparently not. In fact this is one of the worst offenders I've seen in quite a while. It's so bad I actually measured the pages and borders. A page is 170mm by 230mm and the text on it is 115mm by 147mm. That's close to a third of a page that's blank. In addition, there are appendices for CSS and HTML specifications that are equally generously proportioned. The book could have been small and light enough slip into a bag without noticing it if the space had been better used.
5 stars for content, 3 for that wasted paper
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book is one of those that you keep going back to, simply because it's laid out well and easy to get the information and digest it.Published 8 months ago by Minty
One of the best reference handbooks to those who are getting to grips with writing hypertext for web pages. Well organised with clear guidelines and examples.Published on 1 May 2014 by M. H. Evans
It's a very useful book, especially when used in combination with the html dog website. I can only recommend it.Published on 31 May 2012 by Z'ltuhn
you can find everyting from this book in the internet or in their website, but very usefull to read on the tube or when no internet connection is available. Reference book.Published on 18 May 2010 by pc geek
Simple to use and undestand HTML.
With this book I built a website in one week - all singing all dancing.
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