January 16, 2007
Sebastopol, CA--Plato had it pegged right in Danny Goodman's case:
necessity was truly the mother of invention. When Goodman needed a
consulting and development work, he was forced to create one for himself.
"After struggling in the early Version 4 browser days with tangled online
references and monstrous printed versions of Netscape, Microsoft, and
World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) documentation for Dynamic HTML features,
I had had enough. My human brain could no longer store the parallels and
discrepancies of the hundreds of terms for HTML attributes, styles sheets,
and scriptable object models. And no browser maker was about to tell me
how compatible a particular feature might be in another browser. It was
clearly time to roll my own reference," he recalls.
The task was daunting: "In many cases, even the documentation from browser
makers' sites was wrong. I set out not only to compile the date in a
single volume, but to test as much as I could in real web page conditions
across a wide range of browsers and record my findings for quick lookup
later. This book is the most-used volume sitting next to my computer.""
Now in its third edition, Dynamic HTML: The Definitive Reference is the
comprehensive reference for designers of rich Internet applications that
need to operate in all modern browsers, including Internet Explorer 7,
Firefox 2, Safari, and Opera. Users can see browser support for the latest
standards-based technologies, including CSS Level 3, DOM Level 3, Web
"Web standards and implementations in modern web browsers have evolved
significantly since the publication of the second edition. The term 'Ajax'
didn't even exist back then. Therefore, it was time to expand coverage to
include not only the new terminology that had been added, but also the
latest available browsers," notes Goodman.
Goodman points out that interest in richer, more interactive web
applications has rejuvenated content developers' explorations of
these technologies to improve the visitor experience, it seems like every
web site wants to include some of those features in their designs," he
says. "Getting these techniques to work across a wide range of modern
browsers benefits greatly from a reference that shows what features are
implemented in various browser versions. Having reference material for
timesaver." The new edition:
- Provides at-a-glance references for the tags, attributes, objects,
properties, methods, and events of HTML, XHTML, CSS, DOM, and core
- Includes handy cross referencing for looking up attributes and all the
items that recognize it, including interrelated HTML tags, style
properties, and document object model methods, properties, and events.
- Offers appendices for quickly locating values useful in HTML authoring
- Includes a glossary with quick explanations of some of the new and
potentially confusing terminology of DHTML.
Danny Goodman is a veteran author and programming consultant to
corporations and top intranet development groups. His expertise in
implementing sensible cross-browser, client-side scripting solutions is in
high demand and allows him to "get code under my fingernails while solving
real-world problems." He's written over 40 books, including bestselling
O'Reilly titles such as the first and second editions of "Dynamic HTML:
Praise for the previous edition:
"If you're working with HTML in any way, shape, or form, this book is an
--Joel Spolsky, http://www.joelonsoftware.com
"This has been without a doubt the definitive HTML reference book ever
since it was first published in 1998...a great value, essentially
DOM. No webworker's bookshelf should be without this weighty tome...it's
time to update to the new edition."
Background and Market Information:
Dynamic HTML: The Definitive Reference, Third Edition
ISBN: 0-596-52740-3, 1307 pages, $59.99 US, $77.99 CA
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