Implement the XHTML 1.0 standard and prepare web pages for the transition to XML browsers
Use style sheets and layers to control a document's appearance
Create tables, from simple to complex
Use frames to coordinate sets of documents
Design and build interactive forms and dynamic documents
Create documents that look good on a variety of browsers
The book comes with a handy quick reference card listing HTML tags.
Chuck Musciano has spent his life on the East Coast, having spent time in Maryland, Georgia, and New Jersey before acquiring a B.S. in computer science from Georgia Tech in 1982. Since then, he has resided in Melbourne, Florida, in the employ of Harris Corporation. He began his career as a compiler writer and crafter of tools and went on to join Harris' Advanced Technology Group to help develop large-scale multiprocessors. This led to a prolonged interest in user-interface research and development, which finally gave way to his current position, manager of UNIX Systems in Harris' Corporate Data Center. Along the way, he grew to know and love the Internet, having contributed a number of publicly available tools to the Net and started the still-running Internet Movie Ratings Report. The Web was a natural next step, and he has been running various Web sites within and without Harris for several years. Chuck has written on UNIX-related topics in the trade press for the past decade, most visibly as the "Webmaster" columnist for Sunworld Online (http://www.sun.com/sunworldonline). In his spare time he enjoys life in Florida with his wife Cindy, daughter Courtney, and son Cole.
Bill Kennedy is currently president and chief technical officer of ActivMedia, Inc., a new media marketing and marketing research company based in beautiful Peterborough, NH, but which conducts business with clients and associates from around the world primarily over the Internet (http://www.activmedia.com). When not hacking new HTML pages or writing about them, "Dr. Bill" (Ph.D. in biophysics from Loyola University of Chicago, of all things!) is out promoting a line of mobile, autonomous robots as real-world platforms for artificial intelligence and fuzzy logic research and for education (http://www.rwii.com). Or he's out drumming up writing assignments from his former colleagues at IDG's SunWorld/Advanced Systems Magazine (now SunWorld Online; http://www.sun.com), where he served as a senior editor-features (at-large over the Internet, of course) for nearly five years. Contact Dr. Bill directly at email@example.com.
Our look is the result of reader comments, our own experimentation, and feedback from distribution channels. Distinctive covers complement our distinctive approach to technical topics, breathing personality and life into potentially dry subjects. The animal featured on the cover of HTML: The Definitive Guide is a koala. The koala is an Australian marsupial, the only member of the Phascolarctidae family. This cuddly looking animal was the original model for teddy bears, although it actually is not related to bears. Koalas use their extremely sharp claws for climbing eucalyptus trees. They subsist almost exclusively on eucalyptus leaves and bark. They are picky eaters, eating only about 20 of the approximately 350 species of eucalyptus in Australia. Since eucalyptus leaves contain the precursors to hydrocyanic acid, or cyanide, koalas also occasionally eat soil, which helps detoxify their food. Koalas in the wild rarely, if ever, drink water. Eucalyptus leaves contain approximately 67% water, and that is enough for the koala diet.Koalas are tiny, approximately one half of a gram, when they are born. Twin births are very unusual, but a mother koala will adopt an abandoned baby if she finds one. The young koala stays in its mother's pouch for approximately seven months. Unlike most marsupials, the koala's pouch opens towards the rear, not towards the head. At the end of the seven month period, the mother begins to wean the baby off of a purely milk diet by introducing it to predigested eucalyptus leaves. After leaving the pouch, the young koala is carried on its mother's back until it is a year old. Koalas leave their mother's home range at 18 months. While trying to establish their own home range, koalas have a very high mortality rate. Koalas were once plentiful in Australia, but as a result of epidemics in 1887-1889 and 1900-1903 and unrestrained hunting throughout the 20th century, koalas came close to extinction. They are a protected species and are rebuilding their population, but at present they survive only in eastern Australia. Unix and its attendant programs can be unruly beasts. Nutshell Handbooks help you tame them.Edie Freedman designed the cover of this book, using a 19th-century engraving from the Dover Pictorial Archive. The cover layout was produced with Quark XPress 3.3 using the ITC Garamond font. Whenever possible, our books use RepKover™, a durable and flexible lay-flat binding. If the page count exceeds RepKover™'s limit, perfect binding is used.The inside layout was designed by Jennifer Niederst and Nancy Priest. Text was prepared in FrameMaker 5.0 and implemented by Mike Sierra. The text and heading fonts are ITC Garamond Light and Garamond Book. The illustrations that appear in the book were created in Macromedia Freehand 5.0 by Chris Reilley. This colophon was written by Clairemarie Fisher O'Leary.