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  • Copyright 2006
  • Edition: 5th
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  • ISBN-10: 0-13-265001-0
  • ISBN-13: 978-0-13-265001-4

Sams Teach Yourself Web Publishing with HTML and CSS in One Hour a Dayis a new edition of the best-selling book that started the whole HTML/web publishing phenomenon. The entire book has been revised and refined to reflect current web publishing practices and technologies. It includes extensive coverage of Cascading Style Sheets (CSS), which have become a staple in web development.

You'll have no problem learning from expert author Laura Lemay's clear and approachable writing style. Simple, step-by-step instructions with lots of practical, interesting examples of web pages will guide you as you master current web publishing technologies and practices.

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Table of Contents


Part I: Getting Started

Lesson 1: Navigating the World Wide Web

    How the World Wide Web Works

        The Web Is a Hypertext Information System

        The Web Is Graphical and Easy to Navigate

        The Web Is Cross-Platform

        The Web Is Distributed

        The Web Is Dynamic

        The Web Is Interactive

    Web Browsers

        What the Browser Does

        An Overview of Some Popular Browsers

        Using the Browser to Access Other Services

    Web Servers

    Uniform Resource Locators





        Quiz Answers


Lesson 2: Preparing to Publish on the Web

    Anatomy of a Website

    What Do You Want to Do on the Web?

    Setting Your Goals

    Breaking Up Your Content into Main Topics

    Ideas for Organization and Navigation



        Linear with Alternatives

        Combination of Linear and Hierarchical


    Storyboarding Your Website

        What’s Storyboarding and Why Do I Need It?

        Hints for Storyboarding





        Quiz Answers


Lesson 3: Introducing HTML and XHTML

    What HTML Is–And What It Isn’t

        HTML Describes the Structure of a Page

        HTML Does Not Describe Page Layout

        Why It Works This Way

        How Markup Works

        A Brief History of HTML Tags

    The Current Standard: XHTML 1.0

    What HTML Files Look Like

        Text Formatting and HTML

    Using Cascading Style Sheets

        Including Styles in Tags

    Programs to Help You Write HTML





        Quiz Answers


Lesson 4: Learning the Basics of HTML

    Structuring Your HTML

        The <html> Tag

        The <head> Tag

        The <body> Tag

    The Title



    Lists, Lists, and More Lists

        List Tags

        Numbered Lists

        Customizing Ordered Lists

        Unordered Lists

        Customizing Unordered Lists

        Glossary Lists

        Nesting Lists






        Quiz Answers


Part II: Creating Simple Web Pages

Lesson 5: Adding Links to Your Web Pages

    Creating Links

        The Link Tag–<a>

    Linking Local Pages Using Relative and Absolute Pathnames

        Absolute Pathnames

        Using Relative or Absolute Pathnames?

    Links to Other Documents on the Web

    Linking to Specific Places Within Documents

        Creating Links and Anchors

        Linking to Anchors in the Same Document

    Anatomy of a URL

        Parts of URLs

        Special Characters in URLs

        HTML 4.01 and the <a> Tag

    Kinds of URLs


        Anonymous FTP

        Non-anonymous FTP


        Usenet Newsgroups






        Quiz Answers


Lesson 6: Formatting Text with HTML and CSS

    Character-Level Elements

        Logical Styles

        Physical Styles

    Character Formatting Using CSS

        The Text Decoration Property

        Font Properties

    Preformatted Text

    Horizontal Rules

        Attributes of the <hr> Tag

    Line Break



    Special Characters

        Character Entities for Special Characters

        Character Entities for Reserved Characters

    Text Alignment

        Aligning Individual Elements

        Aligning Blocks of Elements

    Fonts and Font Sizes

        Changing the Font Size

        Changing the Font Face

        Modifying Fonts Using CSS

    <nobr> and <wbr>





        Quiz Answers


Lesson 7: Adding Images, Color, and Backgrounds

    Images on the Web

    Image Formats




    Inline Images in HTML: The <img> Tag

        Adding Alternative Text to Images

    Images and Text

        Text and Image Alignment

        Wrapping Text Next to Images

        Adjusting the Space Around Images

    Images and Links

    What Is an Imagemap?

    Client-Side Imagemaps

        Imagemaps and Text-Only Browsers

    Creating Client-Side Imagemaps

        Getting an Image

        Determining Your Coordinates

        The <map> and <area> Tags

        The usemap Attribute

    Other Neat Tricks with Images

        Image Dimensions and Scaling

        More About Image Borders

    Using Color

        Specifying Colors

        Changing Background Color of a Page

        Changing Text Colors

        Spot Color

        Specifying Colors with CSS

        Color-Related Properties

    Image Backgrounds

    Image Etiquette





        Quiz Answers


Part III: Doing More with HTML and XHTML

Lesson 8: Building Tables

    Creating Tables

    Table Parts

        The <table> Element

        The Table Summary

        Rows and Cells

        Empty Cells


    Sizing Tables, Borders, and Cells

        Setting Table Widths

        Changing Table Borders

        Cell Padding

        Cell Spacing

        Column Widths

        Setting Breaks in Text

    Table and Cell Color and Alignment

        Changing Table and Cell Background Colors

        Changing Border Colors

    Aligning Your Table Content

        Table Alignment

        Cell Alignment

        Caption Alignment

    Spanning Multiple Rows or Columns

    More Advanced Table Enhancements

        Grouping and Aligning Columns

        Grouping and Aligning Rows

        The frame and rules Attributes

    Other Table Elements and Attributes

    How Tables Are Used





        Quiz Answers


Lesson 9: Creating Layouts with CSS

    Including Style Sheets in a Page

        Creating Page-Level Styles

        Creating Sitewide Style Sheets


        Contextual Selectors

        Classes and IDs

    Units of Measure

    Box Properties

        Controlling Size


        Margins and Padding


    CSS Positioning

        Relative Positioning

        Absolute Positioning

        Controlling Stacking

    Modifying the Appearance of Tables

    The <body> Tag


    Creating Layouts with Multiple Columns





        Quiz Answers


Lesson 10: Designing Forms

    Understanding Form and Function

    Using the <form> Tag

    Creating Form Controls with the <input> Tag

        Creating Text Controls

        Creating Password Controls

        Creating Submit Buttons

        Creating Reset Buttons

        Creating Check Box Controls

        Creating Radio Buttons

        Using Images As Submit Buttons

        Creating Generic Buttons

        Hidden Form Fields

        The File Upload Control

    Using Other Form Controls

        Using the button Element

        Creating Large Text-Entry Fields with textarea

        Creating Menus with select and option

    Adding Extras

        Displaying Control label Elements

        Grouping Controls with fieldset and legend

        Changing the Default Form Navigation

        Using Access Keys

        Creating disabled and readonly Controls

    Applying Cascading Style Sheet Properties to Forms

    Planning Your Forms





        Quiz Answers


Lesson 11: Integrating Multimedia: Sound, Video, and More

    Understanding How to Present Sound and Video

    The Old Standby: Linking

    Embedding Sound and Video

        Using the <embed> Element

        Using the <object> Element

        Combining <embed> and <object>

        Embedding Flash Movies

        Embedding RealAudio and RealVideo

        Multimedia Techniques

    Sound and Video File Types

    Of Plug-Ins and Players

        Windows Media Player

        Macromedia Flash

        Macromedia Shockwave

        Apple QuickTime







        Quiz Answers


Part IV: JavaScript and Dynamic HTML

Lesson 12: Introducing JavaScript

    Introducing JavaScript

        Why Would You Want to Use JavaScript?

    The <script> Tag

        The Structure of a JavaScript Script

        The src Attribute

    Basic Commands and Language Structure

        Properties and Methods

        Events and JavaScript


        Operators and Expressions

    Basic JavaScript Programming

        What Is a Script?





        Quiz Answers


Lesson 13: Using JavaScript in Your Pages

    Creating a Random Link Generator

    Validating Forms with JavaScript

    Creating an Image Rollover





        Quiz Answers


Lesson 14: Working with Frames and Linked Windows

    What Are Frames and Who Supports Them?

    Working with Linked Windows

        The <base> Tag

    Working with Frames

        The <frameset> Tag

        The <frame> Tag

        The <noframes> Tag

    Changing Frame Borders

    Creating Complex Framesets

        Magic target Names

    Floating Frames

    Opening Linked Windows with JavaScript





        Quiz Answers


Lesson 15: Creating Applications with Dynamic HTML and AJAX

    What Exactly Is Dynamic HTML?

    Using the Document Object Model

        DOM Data Types

        Objects in the DOM

        Using the DOM

    Coping with Reality: Cross-Browser DHTML Techniques

        Sniffing for Browsers

        Detecting Capabilities

        Testing for the Existence of Objects

    Using JavaScript to Manipulate Elements

        Hiding and Revealing Elements

        Moving Objects Around

        Creating a DHTML Pull-Down Menu

    Connecting to a Server with AJAX

        How AJAX Works

        An AJAX Example





        Quiz Answers


Part V: Designing Effective Web Pages

Lesson 16: Writing Good Web Pages: Do’s and Don’ts

    Standards Compliance

        Validating Your Pages

        HTML Tidy

    Writing for Online Publication

        Write Clearly and Be Brief

        Organize Your Pages for Quick Scanning

        Make Each Page Stand on Its Own

        Be Careful with Emphasis

        Don’t Use Browser-Specific Terminology

        Spell Check and Proofread Your Pages

    Design and Page Layout

        Use Headings As Headings

        Group Related Information Visually

        Use a Consistent Layout

    Using Links

        Use Link Menus with Descriptive Text

        Use Links in Text

        Avoid the “Here” Syndrome

        To Link or Not to Link

    Using Images

        Don’t Overuse Images

        Use Alternatives to Images

        Keep Images Small

        Watch Out for Assumptions About Your Visitors’ Hardware

        Be Careful with Backgrounds and Link Colors

    Other Good Habits and Hints

        Link Back to Home

        Don’t Split Topics Across Pages

        Don’t Create Too Many or Too Few Pages

        Sign Your Pages

            Provide Nonhypertext Versions of Hypertext Pages





        Quiz Answers


Lesson 17: Designing for the Real World

    What Is the Real World, Anyway?

    Considering User Experience Level

        Add a Search Engine

        Use Frames Wisely

        Use Concise, Sensible URLs

        Navigation Provides Context

        Are Your Users Tourists or Regulars?

    Determining User Preference

    Deciding on an HTML 4.01 or XHTML 1.0 Approach

        HTML 4.01 and XHTML 1.0 Transitional

        HTML 4.01 and XHTML 1.0 Frameset

        HTML 4.01 and XHTML 1.0 Strict

    What Is Accessibility?

        Common Myths Regarding Accessibility

        Section 508

    Alternative Browsers

    Writing Accessible HTML




    Designing for Accessibility

        Use Color


        Take Advantage of All HTML Tags

        Frames and Linked Windows


    Validating Your Sites for Accessibility





        Quiz Answers


Part VI: Going Live on the Web

Lesson 18: Putting Your Site Online

    What Does a Web Server Do?

        Other Things Web Servers Do

    Locating a Web Server

        Using a Web Server Provided by Your School or Work

        Using a Commercial Internet or Web Service

        Setting Up Your Own Server

        Free Hosting

    Organizing Your HTML Files for Publishing

        Questions to Ask Your Webmaster

        Keeping Your Files Organized with Directories

        Having a Default Index File and Correct Filenames

    Publishing Your Files

        Moving Files Between Systems


        I Can’t Access the Server

        I Can’t Access Files

        I Can’t Access Images

        My Links Don’t Work

        My Files Are Being Displayed Incorrectly

    Registering and Advertising Your Web Pages

        Getting Links from Other Sites


        dmoz: The Open Directory Project

        Yellow Pages Listings

        Private Directories

    Site Indexes and Search Engines



        MSN Search


    Search Engine Optimization

    Paying for Search Placement

    Business Cards, Letterhead, Brochures, and Advertisements

    How to Win Friends and Influence People

    Finding Out Who’s Viewing Your Web Pages

        Log Files

        Access Counters





        Quiz Answers


Lesson 19: Taking Advantage of the Server

    Web Applications


        Active Server Pages



    Server-Side Includes

        Using Server-Side Includes

    Using Apache Access Control Files

        Managing Access to Pages

        Redirecting Users





        Quiz Answers


Lesson 20: Understanding Server-Side Processing

    How PHP Works

    Getting PHP to Run on Your Computer

    The PHP Language





        Conditional Statements

        PHP Conditional Operators


        foreach Loops

        for Loops

        while and do...while Loops

        Controlling Loop Execution

    Built-in Functions

    User-Defined Functions

        Returning Values

    Processing Forms

        Handling Parameters with Multiple Values

        Presenting the Form

    Using PHP Includes

        Choosing Which Include Function to Use

    Expanding Your Knowledge of PHP

        Database Connectivity

        Regular Expressions

        Sending Mail

        Object-Oriented PHP

        Cookies and Sessions

        File Uploads





        Quiz Answers


Lesson 21: Using Tools to Make Publishing Easier

    The Rise of Content Management

    Is a Content Management System Right for You?

    Types of Content Management Systems

        Weblogging Tools

        Community Publishing Applications


        Image Galleries

        General-Purpose Content Management Systems

    Working with Packaged Software

        Relational Databases

        Deploying Applications

    TypePad: A Hosted Weblogging Application



        Downloading and Installing MediaWiki

        Using MediaWiki


        Using Coppermine

    Other Applications






        Quiz Answers


Part VII: Appendixes

Appendix A: Sources for Further Information

Appendix B: HTML 4.01 Quick Reference

Appendix C: Cascading Style Sheet Quick Reference

Appendix D: Colors by Name and Hexadecimal Value

Appendix E: MIME Types and File Extensions

0672328860, TOC, 5/24/06


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