Creating Cool Web Sites with HTML XHTML and CSS
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Creating Cool Web Sites with HTML XHTML and CSS

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Dave Taylor has been involved with the Internet since 1980 when he first logged in as an undergraduate at the University of California, San Diego. Since then, he’s been a research scientist at Hewlett-Packard Laboratories in Palo Alto, California, reviews editor for SunWorld magazine, and founder of four companies:

The Internet Mall,, AnswerSquad, and Currently, Dave is president of Intuitive Systems and is busy launching an electronic book publishing company called Intuitive Press.

Dave has designed over 50 Web sites, both commercial and nonprofit, and has published more than 1000 articles about the Internet, Unix, Macintosh, interface design, and business topics.

His books include Learning Unix for Mac OS X Panther (O’Reilly), Wicked Cool Shell Scripts (No Starch Press), Teach Yourself Unix in 24 Hours (Sams Publishing), and Solaris For Dummies (Wiley Publishing).

Dave holds a master’s degree in Educational Computing from Purdue University, an M.B.A. from the University of Baltimore, an undergraduate degree in Computer Science from the University of California at San Diego, and is an adjunct professor at the University of Colorado, Boulder, and the University of Phoenix Online.

Creating Cool Web Sites Contents

  • Chapter 1: So What’s All This Web Jazz?
  • Chapter 2: Building Your First Web Page: HTML Basics 
  • Chapter 3: Presenting Text Attractively
  • Chapter 4: Moving into the 21st Century with Cascading Style Sheets 
  • Chapter 5: Lists and Special Characters 
  • Chapter 6: Putting the Web in World Wide Web: Adding Pointers and Links 
  • Chapter 7: From Dull to Cool by Adding Graphics
  • Chapter 8: Tables and Frames 
  • Chapter 9: Forms, User Input, and the Common Gateway Interface
  • Chapter 10: Advanced Form Design 
  • Chapter 11: Activating Your Pages with JavaScript 
  • Chapter 12: Advanced Cascading Style Sheets 
  • Chapter 13: Site Development with Weblogs
  • Chapter 14: Web Sites versus Web Pages
  • Chapter 15: Thinking about Your Visitors and Your Site’s Usability
  • Chapter 16: Validating Your Pages and Style Sheets
  • Chapter 17: Building Traffic and Being Found 

Preface to Creating Cool Web Sites with HTML XHTML and CSS

Who should buy this book? What’s covered? How do I read this book? Why should I read this book? HTML? XHTML? CSS? Sheesh! Why not just use a Web page editor? Who am I?

“Wow! Another Web book! What makes this one different?”

That’s a fair question. I want you to be confident that Creating Cool Web Sites with HTML, XHTML, and CSS will meet your needs as well as provide fun and interesting reading. So spend a minute and breeze through my preface to ensure that this is the book you seek. . .

In a nutshell, Creating Cool Web Sites with HTML, XHTML, and CSS is an introduction to HTML, XHTML, and Cascading Style Sheets.

HTML is the HyperText Markup Language, and it’s the language that enables you to create and publish your own multimedia documents on the World Wide Web.

Millions of users on the Internet and online services such as America Online, Earthlink, and the Microsoft Network are spending hours each day exploring the world of the Web from within their Web browser, be it Internet Explorer, Netscape Navigator, or any of a variety of other programs.

XHTML is the modern “proper” version of HTML and is the future of the markup language. Cascading Style Sheets are also part of that future, and it’s a rare modern Web site that doesn’t use at least some element of CSS in its design and layout.

By using all these technologies, you can learn to quickly and easily create attractive documents that are on the cutting edge of interactive publishing.

I went through the pain of learning HTML back in 1994, the very dawn of the Web era, precisely because I wanted to spread my ideas to a global audience.

For me, learning was hit or miss because the only references I could find were confusing online documents written by programmers and computer types. For you, it will be a lot easier.

By reading this book and exploring the software and samples included on the companion Web site, you can learn not only the nuts and bolts of HTML, XHTML, and CSS but also quite a lot about how to design and create useful, attractive Web sites and spread the word about them on the Net.

Before you delve into this book, you should know the basics: what the Internet is, how to get on it, and how to use your Web browser.

If you seek detailed information on these topics, you can find many interesting and useful books from Wiley Publishing at comp books.

After you have this basic knowledge, you’ll find that Creating Cool Web Sites with HTML, XHTML, and CSS is a fun introduction to the art and science of creating interesting and, if I may say so, cool—Web sites that you’ll be proud of and that other users will want to visit and explore.

If you’ve already flipped through this book to see what’s covered, you’ve seen a ton of different sample listings with lots and lots of < and > instructions.

Yet the advertisements in every computer magazine are telling you that you don’t need to get your hands dirty with HTML and CSS when you can use a Web page editor.

So what’s the scoop? The scoop or the problem, really is that every Web page editor I’ve used is designed to create pages for a particular Web browser and has at best a limited understanding of the rich, complex, evolving HTML language.

Use Microsoft FrontPage 2000, for example, and your site will almost certainly look best in Internet Explorer (a Microsoft product). It’s a subtle but insidious problem.

One clue to this lurking problem is that surveys of Web developers invariably demonstrate that almost all the most popular Web sites are coded by hand, not with fancy page-building systems.

A development company that I occasionally help with an online design recently sent me a plea because they had encountered this inconsistency in-browser presentation: Dave, Help! Everything looks different in the different browsers!!

This is turning out to be a nightmare! How much effect do different browsers have on the appearance of the site? My customer is using AOL and from the e-mail she sent me, things are a mess. When I look at the site, it pretty much is ok.

There are a few modifications to make - font, bold - but what’s going on? That’s one of the greatest frustrations for all Web site designers:

Not only do different versions of Web browsers support different versions of HTML and CSS, but the exact formatting that results from a given HTML tag or CSS style varies by the Web browser, too.

It’s why the mantra of all good Web designers is “test, test, test.” In fact, if you’re going to get serious about Web development, I would suggest that you consider a setup as I have: Before you officially say that you’re done with a project, check all the pages with the two most recent major releases of the two biggest Web browsers on both a Mac and a Windows system.

(That’s a total of eight different browsers. Right now, I have the two most recent versions of Internet Explorer and Netscape loaded on both of my computers.)

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