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How Is This Book Organized?

 
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How Is This Book Organized?

I've organized this book into two sections. The first focuses on HTML, the language used to structure the document and its contents.

NOTE

Although HTML is still in use, it has been reformulated into a language known as Extensible Markup Language (XHTML). For general purposes, they are essentially the same, with the exception that XHTML can be extended in ways beyond the scope of the book. However, to keep up-to-date and to get you working with modern markup, XHTML is used in this book. In fact, it's an important point that I tend to use the terms HTML and XHTML interchangeably, even though they are, in fact, a bit different.


You'll learn more about HTML and XHTML in the book's first section, which contains the following chapters:

Table 1. Chapters in Section 1

Chapter

Title

Teaches you how to…

1

Building an HTML Page

Create a page in XHTML

2

Adding Text and Links

Format text and links

3

Adding Images, Media, and Scripts

Add dynamic content

4

Creating Tables

Build effective data tables

5

Building Forms

Create HTML forms

6

Working with Frames

Work with frames


The second section of the book focuses on Cascading Style Sheets (CSS), which is the language that integrates with HTML and XHTML to add the design features of the page: layout, colors, fonts, and anything decorative. You'll learn how to apply CSS to the pages you build by following the approaches found in the following chapters:

Table 2. Chapters in Section 2

Chapter

Title

Teaches you how to . . .

7

Using CSS

Integrate CSS with HTML

8

Working with Color and Images Using CSS

Add color and imagery

9

Styling Textp

Work with web typography

10

Link Effects, Lists, and Navigation

Design with links and lists

11

Margins, Borders, and Padding

Gain control over space

12

Positioning, Floats, and Z-index

Position and float elements

13

CSS Layouts

Lay out pages with CSS


Along with the chapters, there are two very important appendixes. The first is "XHTML 1.0 Annotated Reference," which provides a look-up along with proper usage and tips of all the elements available in XHTML 1.0. The second is "CSS 2.1 Annotated Reference," which provides a listing, along with proper usage and tips, of all available CSS properties.

Between the chapters and the appendixes, you'll be set when it comes to the breadth of knowledge required to create great web pages using today's techniques.

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