September 27, 2002
New Edition of "Dynamic HTML: The Definitive Reference" Could Be the Only Book a Web Developer Needs
Sebastopol, CA--The amount of information with which web developers
need to stay current is tremendous. Apart from the seemingly endless
list of acronyms--HTML, XHTML, CSS, DOM, and ECMA, for starters--web
developers also have to know the details of a variety of web
specifications and their implementation in each version of each browser
they are developing for. The complexity is compounded by a lack of
coordination between those who make the browsers and those who define
the standards. "Unfortunately for the web authoring community, it is
not practical for the various standards bodies and the browser makers
to operate synchronously with each other. Market pressures force
browser makers to release new versions independent of the schedules of
the standards bodies," says Danny Goodman, author of the newly revised
The Definitive Reference (O'Reilly, US $59.95). But
fortunately for web developers, the updated edition of this classic
reference book once again provides a single source for all the
information they need.
A favorite of web content developers since its first release, this book
is an important compendium for web development. "Dynamic HTML: The
Definitive Reference, Second Edition" contains all the knowledge needed
to create sensible single- and cross-platform web applications. The new
edition has been updated to cover the latest specifications, including
as the latest browsers--Internet Explorer 6 (Windows), Internet Explorer
5.1 (Macintosh), Netscape Navigator 6 and 7, and Mozilla 1.0. Goodman
shows how these standards and technologies relate to each other and how
the creation of Dynamic HTML content relies on these technologies.
The book includes:
A complete reference for all of the HTML/XHTML tags, CSS attributes,
style document object model properties, methods, and event handlers,
latest version of Internet Explorer and Netscape.
Handy cross-referenced indexes that make it easy to find interrelated
HTML tags, HTML/SHTML validation support, style attributes, and
document object model methods, properties, and event handlers.
An advanced introduction to creating dynamic web content that
addresses the cross-platform compromises inherent in web page design
and encourages developers to adopt the W3C standards.
"Dynamic HTML: The Definitive Reference, Second Edition" is for any web
content developer who wants to use DHTML to add sophisticated features
to web pages and enhance the experience of site visitors. If readers
have experience with basic web page creation, but are new to the world
of dynamic content, then this book will jump-start their efforts.
Experienced web programmers will find the browser compatibility
information invaluable. This book is the only DHTML reference a web
What the critics said about the first edition:
"If you already have a solid base in HTML then this is the perfect book
for you to learn DHTML...an excellent book for anyone who wants to take
their web site to the next level by adding DHTML. It's well organized
and easy to read. A great resource for the beginner to the more
advanced web designer."
--Linda Roeder, Guide for Personal Web Pages, about.com
"Danny Goodman's comprehensive 'Dynamic HTML: Definitive Reference,'
also from O'Reilly, is near-essential reading for those using Dynamic
--Tim Anderson, amazon.co.uk
"Danny Goodman is a best-selling computer book author, and for good
reason! His DHTML book is the best there is."
--Wendy Willard, A
Web-Design Teacher's Recommended Reading List, May 2001
"Best of 2000: Computer Programming"
--amazon.com, December 2000
O'Reilly's 'Dynamic HTML: The Definitive Reference.' This provides a
It is the most useful book I have come across."
--PC Pro, December 2000
"This is another of those books that you will wonder how you lived
without it. Although not geared towards beginners, those with a little
HTML experience will have no problem getting up to speed. O'Reilly has
done it again, as 'Dynamic HTML: The Definitive Reference' is another
gold mine of web development know-how."
--Scott Clark, Webdevloper.com
"'Dynamic HTML: The Definitive Reference' is a classic example of
O'Reilly's expertise. The book explains every part of dynamic HTML more
clearly than other books that I've read on the subject. The example
code is quite clear and illustrations make the point after only a small
bit of study. If you're an experienced web master and are looking for
help or a reference guide as to how HTML can be augmented with the
capabilities of dynamic HTML this book is for you. This is a reference
on steroids after a big meal."
--Mike Mogan, New Media Review, January 1999
Finally, an easy question! No matter what other books you get, you must
'Dynamic HTML: The Definitive Reference' (both from O'Reilly and
Associates, 1998), You can't possibly imagine how shallow and
incomplete other books are until you've read these."
--David Methvin, Windows Magazine, December 1998
"Timely, comprehensive, and well organized, O'Reilly maintains a
rigorous standard of excellence throughout their catalog...'DHTML: The
Definitive Reference' is no exception, providing an exhaustive
reference library of a critical web technology."
--Aaron C. Lyon, MacSense.com, August 1998
Dynamic HTML: The Definitive Reference, Second Edition
ISBN 0-596-00316-1, 1418 pages, $59.95 (US), $92.95 (CAN)
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