Web Design in a Nutshell contains the nitty-gritty on everything you need toknow to design Web pages. It's the good stuff, without the fluff, written andorganized so that answers can be found quickly. Written by veteran Web designerJennifer Niederst, this book provides quick access to the wide range of front-endtechnologies and techniques from which Web designers and authors must draw.
It is an excellent reference for HTML 4.0 tags (including tables, frames, andCascading Style Sheets) with special attention given to browser support and platformidiosyncrasies. The HTML section is more than a reference work, though. It detailsstrange behavior in tables, for instance, and gives ideas and workarounds for usingtables and frames on your site. Web Design in a Nutshell also coversmultimedia and interactivity, audio and video, and emerging technologies like DynamicHTML, XML, embedded fonts, and internationalization.
The book includes:
Discussions of the Web environment, monitors, and browsers
A complete reference to HTML and Server Side Includes, including browsersupport for every tag and attribute
Chapters on creating GIF, JPEG and PNG graphics, including designing with theWeb Palette
Detailed tutorial and reference on Cascading Style Sheets, including anappendix of browser compatibility information
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 appearing on the cover of Web Design in a Nutshell is a least weasel (Mustela nivalis). There are 67 species of weasel, including the mink, ermine, ferret, otter, and skunk. Weasels, who are characterized by long, slender bodies and short legs, are found on all continents except Antarctica and Australia, and in a vast variety of habitats. The least weasel is the smallest of the 67 species of weasel. Weighing in at approximately two ounces and measuring less than ten inches long, the least weasel is the smallest carnivore on Earth. They are found throughout the world, in northern climates. In warm weather this weasel's coat is brown, with a white underside. In winter it turns completely white. Thanks to its camouflage abilities and its speed and agility, the least weasel is rarely caught. The diet of the least weasel is made up primarily of voles and mice, which, because of the weasels' high metabolism, they hunt constantly. One family of these little weasels can consume thousands of rodents each year, making them important in controlling pest populations. Because it is so small, the least weasel can follow mice into their burrows and eat them there. Like other weasels, they will occasionally then make their victim's home their own, lining it with the fur of the former resident when preparing to nest. Least weasels can produce two litters a year, with three to five young per litter. Clairemarie Fisher O'Leary was the production editor and copyeditor for this book; Sheryl Avruch was the production manager; Ellie Cutler and Kim Brown provided quality control. Chris Reilley created the illustrations using Adobe Photoshop 4 and Macromedia FreeHand 7. Mike Sierra provided FrameMaker technical support. Seth Maislin wrote the index. Melanie Wang, Amy Meterparel, and Jeffrey Liggett provided additional production support. Edie Freedman designed the cover of this book, using an original illustration by Lorrie LeJeune. The cover layout was produced with QuarkXPress 3.32 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 Nancy Priest and implemented in FrameMaker 5.0by Mike Sierra. The text and heading fonts are ITC Garamond Light and Garamond Book. This colophon was written by Clairemarie Fisher O'Leary.
I could never imagine that so much useful information could be packed into a single nutshell edition. There is great coverage of every relevant issue concerning web design, and the book provides an accelerated look which is refreshing. This is by far the definitive source of information to which I regularly refer.
I recommend this to anyone who asks me for a book on HTML (and even those that don't but ask those basic HTML questions). This is my Web Design bible - the one book I just wouldn't do without. Looking forward to new editions of this book with anticipation as those reference tables are a God send! There is going to be new editions of this book right? After all, if it covered the compatibility issues of the version 6 browsers it would be even better... age is the only thing wrong with this book now.
A perfect starting point for anyone interested in web development! All to often when querying software developers/programmers about a solution, they'll bombarded you with buzzword after buzzword to try and explain the best way to fix your problem. Funny thing though is when asked to explain these state-of-the-art terms the developer often gives you very basic explanations of what the technology does like, "It give you more control over style than HTML does -(CSS)". It's just this reason that this book is the definitive starting point for anyone interested in web development! This book simply, yet effectively, explains how to best utilize the various technologies available to create an effective web site! You'll walk away much smarter on the subject than you came!
PHENOMENAL BOOK!! Gives experienced and novice users alike a good handle on many issues related to website development. This is an excellent companion to the "HTML Pocket Reference". Buy it, use it, love it.