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By: Jim Moran
Review for 'HTML 4 for the World Wide Web'

Rating: 6 of out 6

Written By: Elizabeth Castro

Page Count: 336

Cover Type: Softcover

Published By: Peachpit Press

Date Published: 05/1998

List Price: $17.95

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There are millions of Websites up and running today on the Internet. Each one has its intended goal of sharing information of one kind or another. Although these Websites vary significantly in their content and manner of expression they all have one thing in common: they require HTML programming to communicate online. HTML (Hypertext Markup Language) is the backbone of Website development. It is HTML that brings together text, graphics, photographs, sound and video clips, and other programming options to produce an operational online presence.

Elizabeth Castro has written HTML 4 for the World Wide Web to provide Website designers with the new HTML 4 programming conventions. This book will provide designers with the latest ground-breaking HTML tags and features they need to create dynamic Websites. Whether the designer uses a commercially available HTML editor or works from scratch, this book will provide new and exciting programming options that can be put to immediate use!

The book is written in a clean, concise, and straightforward manner, cutting through the mountains of writing that weigh most other books down. After providing some brief Website design tips the author moves to the heart of the book, strict HTML programming. Available HTML tags are clearly presented and accompanied by sample scripts and illustrations of their use on the same page. No need for page flipping here to see what each tag can do!

Are you interested in putting some exciting HTML 4 features to work? Elizabeth Castro suggests that beginners read through the entire book and follow strict HTML guidelines when at all possible. Her book is intended to be a strict HTML resource tool, not a Website design guide offering quick design solutions and cool features to impress visitors. Castro recommends that Websites be simply designed, fast-loading, and accessible to those using a variety of browsers, platforms, and monitor settings. According to Castro universality is key. A convenient chart at the back of the book addresses specific compatibility issues of each tag. Her pet peeves are overpowering backgrounds and unwanted, unsolicited, self-loading obnoxious sounds!

This is a top-rated book. Keep it within easy reach of your computer while designing Websites. It is extremely easy to read and thumb through to find the tag scripting and other information you need when you need it! Feel free to highlight pages, fold the corners, and insert bookmarks. It's a quick and easy reference to have on hand! Absolutely one of the best HTML guides available! Highly recommended!