Dynamic HTML: The Definitive Reference
Publisher: O'Reilly Media
Final Release Date: July 1998
Pages: 1456

If you are a Web content developer these days, you have a lot of information to keep track of. You need to stay current on the relevant Web specifications, like HTML, CSS, DOM, and ECMAScript. You also need to know how the latest Web browsers from Netscape and Microsoft actually implement these standards, since browser implementations of the standards are less than perfect. Right now, you're forced to keep multiple reference books open on your desk (or multiple browser windows open on your screen), just to develop a simple dynamic Web page that works properly under both Navigator and Internet Explorer.Dynamic HTML: The Definitive Reference changes all that. This book is an indispensable compendium for Web content developers. It contains everything you need to create functional cross-platform Web applications, including:

  • A complete reference for all of the HTML tags, CSS style attributes, browser document objects, and JavaScript objects supported by the various standards and the latest versions of Navigator and Internet Explorer. Browser compatibility is emphasized throughout; the reference pages clearly indicate browser support for every entity.
  • Handy cross-reference indexes that make it easy to find interrelated HTML tags, style attributes, and document objects.
  • An advanced introduction to creating dynamic Web content that addresses the cross-platform compromises inherent in Web page design today.
If you have some experience with basic Web page creation, but are new to the world of dynamic content, Dynamic HTML: The Definitive Reference will jump-start your development efforts. If you are an experienced Web programmer, you'll find the browser-compatibility information invaluable. This book is the only DHTML reference that a Web developer needs.Dynamic HTML: The Definitive Reference is designed to work in conjunction with HTML: The Definitive Guide and JavaScript: The Definitive Guide. HTML: The Definitive Guide teaches you about every element of HTML in detail, with explanations of how each element works and how it interacts with other elements, as well as numerous examples. JavaScript: The Definitive Guide provides a thorough description of the JavaScript language, complete with sophisticated examples that show you how to handle common Web application tasks. Together, these three books provide a complete library for Web content developers.
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Dynamic HTML: The Definitive Reference Review

By Andy N

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I love this book. I can't write DHTML without it. If you are only going to buy 1 book for client side web development buy this one. The only way that this book could be improved is if it was updated for the latest browsers. If you do that I will buy another two copies of it.

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Dynamic HTML: The Definitive Reference Review

By Lars Janssen

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This is one of "those" books that O'Reilly comes out with sometimes (along with the Perl Cookbook and Programming Perl). It really is a superb reference to all things HTML/DOM/CSS and I normally insist that employers buy a copy, so I can leave my own one at home!

Unfortunately, I find it hard to recommend "Dynamic HTML" now, as to my knowledge it has never been updated (even the C# book is on it's second edition!) While I still find it useful, the lack of info on Netscape 6 and IE 6 is a real limitation, and I would hesitate to purchase a new copy now.

Please update ASAP - if Danny Goodman has better things to do then *somebody* must update it! ;-)

 
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Dynamic HTML: The Definitive Reference Review

By Troy Gullage

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If your a web programmer or planning on being a web programmer and looking for the best reference book available, this is it!!

I call this my bible! there's nothing that you won't find in here.

On a scale from 1 to 10, this book gets 11!

There needs to be a second version developed soon though for IE 6 and NN 6 because this book only deals with IE 4 and NN 4.

 
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Dynamic HTML: The Definitive Reference Review

By Charles Eric

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This is the best reference book on web programming; excellent index, excellent understanding of interaction between html javascript and css.

Every entry is documented for browser compatibility (IE & NN, though not Opera).

First time I read a book that appears to be written by someone passioned and not a sort of blase expert. The guy is clever, tries more than the ordinary cookbook, and does not make its philosophy to ignore IE in favor of Netscape as too many authors find appealing to do. Drawback: urgent need for a second edition that includes IE 6 and NN 6. Adding Opera 5 in the documentation would be a plus, without which I'd still pre-order the second edition.

The best.

 
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Dynamic HTML: The Definitive Reference Review

By Keith Marshall

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Just to add to the raves - this is the most useful reference book I own. I have two copies so I can have one at home and one at work. It has everything you'll ever need for HTML, Javascript and CSS, never mind the usefulness of the Dynamic HTML sections.

The one complaint I have is that it's time for a second edition, to cover IE5 and 6 and the Mozilla-based Netscape 6 family. But, since this edition already includes some DOM 1 information it is still extremely useful in its current form.

 
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Dynamic HTML: The Definitive Reference Review

By Bill Tyler

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The only HTML reference book I don't share since I never want to be without dispite being three years old (and a bit dog-eared with coffee stains). Covers HTML, DOM, CSS (I+II), JavaScript, and just enough commentary about how to deal with Netscape and IE to get going without boring you with beginner tutorials.

Invaluable NN/IE/HTML/CSS/DOM version references for all entries so you know which browsers will break.

Now if only they'd get Danny to update it. The Second Edition is WAY overdue.

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Dynamic HTML: The Definitive Reference Review

By Brad Germany

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Best reference book I've ever had. If/when the second edition comes out I'm getting it. The updates between NN and IE almost require a new edition. Danny Goodman writes from my favorite perspective, "BEEN THERE, DONE THAT, WROTE THE BOOK!" Even in his intro he explains that the purpose behind the book was that he was tired of not knowing which attributes worked in NN and which worked in IE and needed a reference of his own. In creating it, he made something worth sharing with everyone else. I wouldn't be surprised if this book were to become an online reference just to keep up with the pace of the technology. Even though the content is now dated the usefulness of the book hasn't diminished. I pop it open at least once a week.

 
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Dynamic HTML: The Definitive Reference Review

By Louis Weyrich

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I use this book everyday! I would not recommend anyone to be without it. But, it needs to be updated to the present specifications.

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Dynamic HTML: The Definitive Reference Review

By David Grant

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This book is an extremely comprehensive and well-written reference to Dynamic HTML, and an invaluble resource for those serious about writting web-based applications at the cutting edge.

It might be prudent to wait for a later version of this book however, as this edition does not cover the W3C DOM Level 1, which may well be the future of Dynamic HTML.

 
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Dynamic HTML: The Definitive Reference Review

By Bill Tyler

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THE reference for a web developer.

Covers it all with invaluable references for browser compatibility (when did NN or IE add support) appendices with entities.

Excellent excellent EXCEPT it's TWO YEARS OLD!

Where's the SECOND edition to cover IE5x and NN4.7x?

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