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January 5, 1999

Web Design in a Nutshell

SEBASTOPOL, CA--O'Reilly's newest release in the well-regarded "Nutshell" Series, Web Design in a Nutshell, contains the nitty-gritty on everything you need to know to design Web pages. In the Nutshell series tradition, Web Design in a Nutshell is written and organized so that answers can be found quickly-no fluff, no padding. Written by veteran Web designer Jennifer Niederst (of GNN and Web Review fame), this book provides quick access to the wide range of front-end technologies and techniques from which Web designers and authors must draw.

Web Design in a Nutshell is an excellent reference for HTML 4.0 tags (including tables, frames, and Cascading Style Sheets) with special attention given to browser support and platform idiosyncrasies. The HTML section is more than a reference work, though. It details strange behavior in tables, for instance, and gives ideas and workarounds for using tables and frames on your site. Web Design in a Nutshell also covers multimedia and interactivity, audio and video (including Flash and Shockwave), Cascading Style Sheets, and emerging technologies like Dynamic HTML, XML, embedded fonts, and internationalization. There are chapters on creating GIF, JPEG and PNG graphics, including designing with the Web Palette.

"In the beginning, the Web was simple. It isn't so easy anymore. With the explosion of the Web came an avalanche of new technologies, proprietary tags, and acronyms. Even for someone who is immersed in the terminology and environment on a professional basis, it can be truly overwhelming. You just can't keep this stuff in your head anymore," says author Jennifer Niederst in the preface. "I often wished there was one place to go to find quick answers to my questions. That's why I wrote this book. It has the useful parts without a lot of fluff, organized so that information can be found quickly. It's based on the wish-lists-and indeed, the contributions -- of both professional and hobbyist web designers."

About the Author

Jennifer Niederst was one of the first Web designers. As the designer of O'Reilly's Global Network Navigator (GNN), the first commercial Web site, she has been designing for the Web since 1993. Since then, she has been working almost exclusively on the Web, first as creative director of Songline Studios (a subsidiary of O'Reilly) where she designed the original interface for WebReview, and as a freelance designer and consultant since 1996. She is the author of Designing for the Web (O'Reilly, 1996), and has taught Web design at the Massachusetts College of Art and the Interactive Factory in Boston, MA. She has spoken at major design and Internet events including the GRAFILL conference (Geilo, Norway), Seybold Seminars, and the W3C International Expo.

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Web Design in a Nutshell
By Jennifer Niederst
1st Edition December 1998 (US)
1-56592-515-7, 580 pages, $19.95 (US)

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