HTML & XML for Beginners

Author: Michael Morrison
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ISBN: 0735611890
Publisher: Microsoft Press (27 June, 2001)
Edition: Paperback
Sales Rank: 39,150
Average Customer Rating: 4.78 out of 5

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Rating: 5 out of 5
Ideal book for a novice in web design
I am not new to programming but I was sure new to the field of web design. Looking for a book that would clearly explain the fundamentals of HTML and an introduction to XML was hard to find but I must say that this book was well worth the time invested to look for that kind of book. This book clearly explains the basic html tags and Cascading Style Sheets with examples that are trivial to follow. After going thru more than half the book, I was already feel confident to put these new skills to practice. As I said before, this book is excellent if you would like to get into web design. However, I would not recommend this book for an intermediate or advanced web designer because the material may be too simple for them.

Rating: 4 out of 5
Absolutely Wonderful...Squared
I wrote a review of this some months ago with praise and admiration for this book. I thought that the book would end up on my shelf along with piles of other technical and instructional manuals. However and to my surprise, I've discovered that for the past 4 months this book has been a constant companion. I've turned to it for many small facts that slipped my mind from time to time.

The well-worn pages are testimony to a well-read book.

Rating: 5 out of 5
Well explained, quickly assimilated
After designing a seven page read-only web site with Netscape Composer (which generates HTML source code) I found that potential Web hosts tended to become twitchy at the prospect of Composer's "inelegant code". Their concern is that not only would the code not be XHTML compliant (the standard for the future that is being implemented now), but that some of the code simply would not run on some browsers.

Swoon... I needed a quick fix book that would explain enough about XML and XHTML for me to go in and manually convert the Composer-generated HTML code for XHTML compliance. I also needed to be able to use a checking tool to verify that the altered/upgraded code would pass the test.

Thank goodness for Michael's book. My first bonus was discovering that Netscape 7.1 actually generates HTML 4.1 code, which is basically current. My second bonus was finding that Michael has a very readable style and gets to the point quickly. To be honest, I just speed scanned the vast majority of the book and used it as a reference guide while I dove in almost immediately to perform the XHTML conversion.

The way MM explains things, the conversion was a very simple process, and the icing on the cake is that he explains how to use the WC3 Validator online free checking service, which allows you to safely and simply upload your source code for a given web page, and have it checked in real time. One cute bonus from the Validator site is that when your code passes the test, you can download an icon indicating that your code for that page is XHTML 1.0 Transitional compliant.

I'm sure there are many good books out there of a similar nature, but for me, this book by Michael Morrison works for people who just want to get in there quickly and do it. Like many busy men and women, I don't have time to read War and Peace, and MM appears to understand that need for speed and clarity.

Finally, while there is some breezy humor and a very friendly feel to the book, it does not descend into the infantile 2 cent jokes and puns that some books have been known to contain.


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