Subtitled “a desktop quick reference,” and weighing in at 796 pages, this isn’t a book to sit down and devour in one sitting, at least not without the aid of lots of caffeine. Instead, it is an excellent reference for all topics in web authoring. O’Reilly is known for their high-quality books on computer programming and software. The author begins with broad considerations, like designing for different browsers and file naming conventions. She then moves on to HTML, text formatting, images, tables, frames, and forms. Part three consists of ten chapters on cascading style sheets (CSS), the page layout and formatting language of web pages. Each topic is explained, usually with examples. Printed thumb tabs make finding chapters easy. The back has an appendix listing all HTML tags, all CSS 2.1 properties, a glossary and a great index. Highly recommended for web authors at all skill levels.
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