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Absolute Beginner's Guide to Creating Web Pages, 2nd Edition

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  • Copyright 2003
  • Edition: 2nd
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  • ISBN-10: 0-7897-2895-8
  • ISBN-13: 978-0-7897-2895-1

Absolute Beginner's Guide to Creating Web Pages assumes that readers are true beginners - no prior Web page experience is necessary!

This hands-on tutorial teaches readers the fundamentals of creating Web pages, along with more advanced ideas like message areas, chat, and e-commerce options to make the page look like it was created by a professional. The book begins by explaining the need for HTML and the basics of good Web page design. It then covers using HTML tags and tools, formatting text, adding images, and building links. Later chapters demonstrate how to add features to Web pages including tables, colors, frames, multimedia content, JavaScript, Style Sheets and Dynamic HTML. The author has also included several hundred pages of useful additional information, perfect for the beginning Web designer.


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What is JavaScript?
Understanding JavaScript Events
What Is Dynamic HTML?
Netscape Composer
Finding the Right Web Host

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What You Need to Get Started

What You Need to Get Started Creating Web Pages

Table of Contents

(NOTE: Each chapter concludes with a Summary.)



1. The Fundamentals of Web Publishing.

How the Web Works. HTML Versus XHTML. HTML Is Not Programming.

2. A Crash-Course in Web Design.

The Fundamentals of Page Design. Planning a Site. HTML Trends and Issues.

3. What You Need to Get Started.

The Basic Tools. Other Tools Youll Want. Finding a Web Server. Organizing a Web Sites Files.

4. Creating Your First Page.

Build Your HTML Template. The comment Element. Create an HTML Template. The Document Head. The Body Section. Saving, Testing, and Validating.


5. Formatting Your Text.

Organize the Page. Styling Your Text. Paragraph Style Elements. Using Lists on Your Web Page.

6. Visual Stimulus—Adding Graphics.

Images on the Web. Creating and Translating Web Images. The <img /> Element.

7. Building Hypertext Links.

How Hyperlinks Work. The <base> Element. Creating Links. Using Special Links. Cool Tricks: Targets and Client-Pull.

8. Table Basics.

Creating a Table. Additional Table Attributes.

9. Advanced Table Elements and Table Design.

Table Design Theory. Grouping Columns and Rows. Frames and Rules. Table Design Examples.

10. Get Splashy: Style Sheets, Fonts, and Special Characters.

Style Sheets in Theory. Creating Style Sheets. Properties and Styles. Special Characters.

11. Advanced Web Images and Imagemaps.

Making Your Images Better. Creating Animated Images. Using Imagemaps.


12. Creating Sites with HTML Frames.

The Great Frames Debate. Adding Frames to Your Site. Advanced Frames.

13. Adding Multimedia and Java Content.

Understanding Multimedia. Adding Multimedia to Your Pages. Working with Java.

14. Site-Wide Styles: Design, Accessibility, and Internationalization.

The Site-Wide Style Sheet. Accessibility Through Style Sheets. International Issues.


15. Adding HTML Forms.

The Basics of HTML Forms. Creating the Form. Designing Forms Well. Other Elements for Form Formatting.

16. CGIs and Data Gathering.

What Is CGI? How Scripts Work. Finding and Using Scripts.

17. Forums, Chats, and Other Add-Ons.

Creating and Hosting Forums. Add Live Chat to Your Site. Counters and Web Statistics. Server-Side Includes.



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