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Most definitely definitive

  • Feb 1, 2000
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In scholarly works, the word definitive often gets used with the frequency and permanence of a political promise. In this case however, it should be capitalized, underlined and bolded, because it fits. Of all the hundreds of books that I own concerning web development, this one gets used as much as all the others put together. I can count on my fingers the number of times I found something in another source after failing to find it in this one. It is the only reference book that I have ever required my students to buy, and is the only book where I purchased two copies, just in case.

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Danny Goodman felt that he couldn't trust any of the documentation on Dynamic HTML (DHTML) that he read (too many contradictions), so he wrote this book as a reference for working with his own clients. After testing tags and techniques on multiple releases of the main browsers, Goodman came up with very practical information--some of which you may not find in any other resource.

Goodman assumes a solid foundation, if not expertise, in basic HTML and an understanding of what DHTML is all about. From those assumptions, he presents a meaty, information-dense volume. The first of the book's four sections discusses industry standards and how to apply the basic principles of DHTML. He emphasizes the differences in Web browsers and discusses how to build pages so that they work well in both Netscape Navigator and Microsoft Internet Explorer. The second section is an extensive, quick reference of all the tags, objects, and properties of HTML, cascading style sheets, Document Object Model, and core JavaScript. A particularly handy cross-reference guide to this information follows, helping you locate it in alternate ways. The final section contains appendices, with useful tables of values and commands. --Elizabeth Lewis

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ISBN-10: 1565924940
ISBN-13: 978-1565924949
Author: Danny Goodman
Publisher: O'Reilly

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