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By: Bruce MorrisReview for 'Creating Cool HTML 4 Pages'
Rating: 6 of out 6
Written By: Dave Taylor
Page Count: 433
Cover Type: Softcover
Published By: IDG Books Worldwide
Date Published: 03/1998
List Price: $29.99
Author's Site: http://www.webdevelopersjourna...
HTML 4 books are
now hot, hot, hot. This is good for authors and
publishers - throw away all your old HTML doorstops and
buy new ones focusing on HTML 4.0. You have to because
4.0 has a bunch of new, cool features and, quite soon,
most Web users will have browsers capable of viewing
your cool new tricks.
Creating Cool HTML 4
Web Pages is not so much about HTML 4.0 as it is a
general, although quite up-to-date, book about HTML page
creation and it ain't bad. Although listed as
appropriate for beginner to advanced, there are only a
few occasional nuggets for the advanced user. Having
written my own book on HTML (HTML
in Action, published by Microsoft Press) I like
to think I'm an advanced HTML dude. But hey, I still
learned a couple of good things from Dave Taylor's book
and I plan on keeping it handy near my desk so I can
refer to it.
With lots of code examples and
corresponding screen shots you can just about figure out
what to do without even reading the text. Java, images,
sound, and all the usual stuff people want to put in
their Web pages are quite adequately explained. The
appendices, while not massive, are a good starting point
for beginners - he's got everything in here from how to
find an ISP to host your site to how to use FTP to
upload your pages.
Most books like this include
a shovel-ware CD in the back in a cute little plastic
holder. My own book did and I was not particularly proud
of it. The CD that comes with Creating Cool HTML 4
Web Pages however, is not bad at all. I grabbed a
couple of good tools off it. I particularly liked the
FTP client, FTP Explorer, which in my opinion is vastly
superior to the ubiquitous and crashy WSFTP. NotePad
Plus is also nice.
To quote from the Preface:
"In a nutshell, Creating Cool HTML 4 Web Pages
is an introduction to HTML." That's exactly what it is,
and a fine, up-to-date one.