HTML:  The Definitive Guide

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Page xvi
changed 3 instances of "ora.com" to "oreilly.com" (2 email

addresses and a URL)

Anonymous    Sep 01, 1997
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Page xiv-xv
This replaced the text from the header "Is HTML 3.2..." to the para.

just before the bulleted list: HTML 4.0 Is Not the Definitive Standard! Depending on our mood, when people ask us about the new HTML 4.0 "standard", we respond with a groan, a bemused smile, or uproarious laughter. Folks, HTML 4.0 isn't a standard; it is where HTML 3.2 was just before it became The Standard. Web foundations are not shaking. In fact, the new language definition simply confirms what most Web observers have known for some time now, that the commercial browser manufacturers are the tail wagging the HTML standards dog. Until about mid-1996, people actually were serious about HTML standards. (Some of us still are.) Until then, standards guided the development of new browsers. After release of HTML 2.0, however, the elders of the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) responsible for such language-standards matters lost control. The abortive HTML+ standard never got off the ground, and HTML 3.0 became so bogged down in debate that the W3C simply shelved the entire draft standard. What mired the development of new language standards was Netscape Navigator. Most Web analysts agree that Netscape's quick success in becoming the browser of choice for an overwhelming majority of users can be attributed directly to the company's implementation of useful and exciting additions to HTML. Today, all other browser manufacturers, in particular the behemoth Microsoft Corp. who appreciates the meaning of "de facto standard" better than anyone in the business, have to implement Netscape's HTML extensions if they expect to have any chance of competing in the Web browser marketplace. By pushing the W3C to officially release HTML standards, browser manufacturers gain legitimacy for their products without having to acknowledge their competitors. Internet Explorer, for instance, becomes "HTML 4.0-compliant," rather than submissively "Netscape Navigator-compliant." The scramble to gain the HTML standards edge will never abate. Like the current standard, the HTML 4.0 draft is a stewpot of commercial and academic interests, all bent on adding their distinctive flavoring to the language. The paradox is that neither HTML 3.2, nor HTML 4.0, is the definitive source for the language. There are many more features of HTML in popular use than are included in either the language standard or its drafted replacement. This book, on the other hand, is the Definitive Guide to HTML. We give details for all the elements of the HTML standard, plus the variety of interesting and useful extensions to the language-some proposed standards-that the popular browser manufacturers have chosen to include in their products, such as:

Anonymous    Mar 01, 1998
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Page 36
code line 6: removed the "I" after "CSS"

Anonymous    Sep 01, 1997
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Page 133
Changed cross-reference to section 6.5 to 7.5.

Anonymous    Mar 01, 1998
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Page 165
last line: <muticol> should be <multicol>

Anonymous    Mar 01, 1998
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Page 166
3rd para.: "It is possible emulate" should be "It is possible to

emulate"

Anonymous    Mar 01, 1998
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Page 252

para. 1: Third sentence should read: "Internet Explorer 4.0, introduced in the fall of 1997, implements most of the W3C standard." At the end of the fourth sentence, "1997" should be "spring of 1997".

Anonymous    Mar 01, 1998
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Page 252
para. 2: Second sentence: "partially supported" should be

"supported", "Explorer 3.0" should be "Explorer 4.0", and "the third pre release of" should be deleted

Anonymous    Mar 01, 1998
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Page 254
in the code, line 6, the colon after "H1" should be deleted

Anonymous    Mar 01, 1998
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Page 258
last bullet item: last sentence should be deleted

Anonymous    Mar 01, 1998
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Page 262
para. 2 should be deleted

Anonymous    Mar 01, 1998
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Page 263
reprinted for pagebreak

Anonymous    Mar 01, 1998
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Page 268
entire second para. should be removed

Anonymous    Mar 01, 1998
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Page 270
Replace para beginning with "The relative and absolute..." with

"Incremental point sizes (+2pt, for example) are not currently handled correctly by any browser."

Anonymous    Mar 01, 1998
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Page 270
text after 1st code: In sentence beginning "As of this writing",

remove "and Internet Explorer 3", change "support" to "supports", remove "." at the end and replace with "; Internet Explorer 4 supports both values."

Anonymous    Mar 01, 1998
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Page 270

last para. of section 9.3.3.4 should read: "This property is not supported by Netscape; Internet Explorer 4 incorrectly implements *small-caps* as all upper case."

Anonymous    Mar 01, 1998
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Page 271
Replace entire first para with

"Internet Explorer 4 and Netscape 4 support the *normal* and *bold* values, with Internet Explorer 4 supporting the *lighter* and *bolder* values as well. Both browsers support the numeric boldness values."

Anonymous    Mar 01, 1998
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Page 271
Delete entire second para beginning with "Internet Explorer 3

does support..."

Anonymous    Mar 01, 1998
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Page 272
Replace entire para beginning with "Internet Explorer 3 does not

support..." with "Netscape does not support this style property."

Anonymous    Mar 01, 1998
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para. 2: replace "Internet Explorer 3" with "Netscape".

Anonymous    Mar 01, 1998
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para. 2: replace "Internet Explorer 3" with "Netscape".

Anonymous    Mar 01, 1998
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para. 6: replace "Internet Explorer 3" with "Netscape".

Anonymous    Mar 01, 1998
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Page 276
Delete entire para beginning with "Internet Explorer 3 does

not..."

Anonymous    Mar 01, 1998
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para. 2: replace "Internet Explorer 3" with "For many background

effects, Netscape".

Anonymous    Mar 01, 1998
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Page 277
Last line on page, replace "not supported by any browser" with

"only supported by Internet Explorer 4".

Anonymous    Mar 01, 1998
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Page 278
Delete entire para beginning with "Internet Explorer 3 does

not..."

Anonymous    Mar 01, 1998
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Delete entire para beginning with "Internet Explorer 3 does

not..."

Anonymous    Mar 01, 1998
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para. 7: Replace "Internet Explorer supports only the

*underline* and *line-through* values" with "Internet Explorer 4 does not support the *blink* value".

Anonymous    Mar 01, 1998
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para. 5: Delete "This property is not supported by Internet

Explorer 3." Replace "While supported by" with "In".

Anonymous    Mar 01, 1998
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para. 3: Replace "This property is not supported by any browser"

with "Netscape 4 supports all but the *sub*, *super*, and *baseline* values only when this property is applied to the *<img>* tag. Internet Explorer 4 supports only *sub* and *super* when applied to text elements."

Anonymous    Mar 01, 1998
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Page 284
Delete entire para beginning with "Unfortunately, none of the

border..."

Anonymous    Mar 01, 1998
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Page 285
At end of section 9.3.6.4, add a para: "Netscape supports this

property even when used alone; Internet Explorer 4 only honors this property if borders are enabled through other border properties."

Anonymous    Mar 01, 1998
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Page 286
At end of section 9.3.6.5, add a para: "Neither Internet

Explorer or Netscape support the *dashed* or *dotted* values."

Anonymous    Mar 01, 1998
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Page 286
At end of section 9.3.6.6, add a para: "Both Netscape and

Internet Explorer support the *border* property, but only Internet Explorer supports the individual side properties."

Anonymous    Mar 01, 1998
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Page 287
Delete entire para beginning "The *clear* property currently is

not..."

Anonymous    Mar 01, 1998
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Page 287
Replace para beginning "This property is not yet supported..."

with "This property is only supported by Internet Explorer for images. Netscape honors it for textual elements as well."

Anonymous    Mar 01, 1998
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Page 288
para. 6 replace "not yet" with "fully".

Anonymous    Mar 01, 1998
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Page 289
Remove entire para beginning "Internet Explorer 3 only

supports..."

Anonymous    Mar 01, 1998
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Delete entire first para

Anonymous    Mar 01, 1998
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Delete entire para beginning "This property is not supported..."

Anonymous    Mar 01, 1998
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para. 6: Replace "not supported by any browser" with "only

supported by Internet Explorer 4."

Anonymous    Mar 01, 1998
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Page 292
Delete entire para beginning "This property is not..."

Anonymous    Mar 01, 1998
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Page 292
Delete entire para beginning "This property is not..."

Anonymous    Mar 01, 1998
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reprinted for pagebreak

Anonymous    Mar 01, 1998
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Page 294
Replace para beginning "Besides..." with "This property is fully

supported by Netscape 4; Internet Explorer 4 supports only the *none* value."

Anonymous    Mar 01, 1998
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Page 294
Replace para beginning "This property is not..." with "This

property is not supported by Internet Explorer; Netscape only supports the *pre* and *normal* values."

Anonymous    Mar 01, 1998
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Page 296
para. 3: In first sentence, replace "early 1997" with "late

1997". In last sentence, remove everything, including the parenthetic "see 13.4", after "in their most recent versions."

Anonymous    Mar 01, 1998
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Page 296
para. 4: First sentence, replace "So, currently" with

"Currently." At end of para, remove sentence "Netscape promises complete support...to keep pace with Netscape." In last sentence, replace "first half of 1997" with "last half of 1997" and replace "end of the year" with "end of 1998".

Anonymous    Mar 01, 1998
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Page 297
reprinted for pagebreak

Anonymous    Mar 01, 1998
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Page 306
made second para. bulleted

Anonymous    Sep 01, 1997
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Page 337
In the example, about halfway down,

"makeword(query_string, '&'.;" should be "makeword(query_string, '&');" Similarly, four lines later, "makeword(entries[num_entries].val, '='.;" should be "makeword(entries[num_entries].val, '=');"

Anonymous    Mar 01, 1998
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Page 339
In the example, about halfway down,

"fmakeword(stdin, '&'. &cl);" should be "fmakeword(stdin, '&', &cl);" Four lines later, "makeword(entries[num_entries].val, '='.;" should be "makeword(entries[num_entries].val, '=');"

Anonymous    Mar 01, 1998
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Page 347
para. 2: Replace second sentence, beginning with "The default

behavior..." with "The default behavior, represented by the value *all*, is to draw borders around all cells." Replace last sentence beginning with "Using *rows* or *cols*..." with "Using *rows* or *cols* places borders only between every row or column, respectively, while using *none* removes borders from every cell in the table."

Anonymous    Mar 01, 1998
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Page 347
Remove footnote at bottom of the page.

Anonymous    Mar 01, 1998
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Page 389
in the "_parent" entry, changed "Figure 12-6" to "Figure 12-8"

Anonymous    Sep 01, 1997
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Page 405
"also lets your label the" should read "also lets you label the"

Anonymous    Mar 01, 1998
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Page 477
next-to-last entry: "PFor" should be "For"

Anonymous    Mar 01, 1998
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Page 511
line 2 on page: changed "rectangle" to "rect"

Anonymous    Sep 01, 1997
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Page 511
The "Small a, acute accent" Symbol has the wrong accent. The

accent should rise right, not left.

Anonymous    Mar 01, 1998
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Page 533
In the "About the authors", replace the sentence in Chuck

Musciano's section beginning "Most recently, he has taken..." with "Most recently, he has taken the position of Chief Information Officer with the American Kennel Club in Raleigh, North Carolina." [Appendix C] Replaced entire table with online version of the table at www.ora.com/info/html.

Anonymous    Mar 01, 1998