Media praise for HTML: The Definitive Guide

"My copy of this book has been stolen! I work with a group of people that code in HTML every day. A number of them have purchased O'Reilly and Associates HTML: The Definitive Guide after comparing it to a number of others available (but I was the first, so the glory goes to me).

"Unfortunately, my copy has been stolen (even thieves know which book is best), and I have been struggling ever since; no other HTML book holds a torch to this one. It's not only good for learning new information, but also for refreshers and for use as a quick reference. Looking at other HTML books is always disappointing after using this one. The chapters on frames and tables are especially good. "If you want to get better at HTML, and have fun doing it, this is the book for you. I have almost given up hope that mine will return, and may have to buy a new copy. Then I will be truly happy once more."

-- Dave Brewer, posted on, June 1997

(For 1st Edition)

"Finally. An HTML book worth buying. If you write or design for the Web you'll quickly find this book the only paper-based guide to HTML worth keeping. Written by Chuck Musciano and Bill Kennedy, the style and tone of the work is refreshingly crisp and painstakingly accurate.

O'Reilly & Associates is one of the few computer book publishers that doesn't get caught up in sacrificing quality for bulk in its titles. At almost 400 pages, HTML: The Definitive Guide isn't a lightweight, but there is absolutely no fluff or coverage of tangential issues in this work. The book is an authoritative treatment of the HTML markup language; you won't find general Internet or Web information here. Readers of other O'Reilly titles will find the book's interior design and layout familiar; HTML: The Definitive Guide is easily navigated and best treated as a reference guide.

"In the three years since the creation of HTML, the markup language has grown in both power and complexity. HTML: The Definitive Guide manages this complexity effectively by providing generous examples and an integrated style guide. This is the first HTML reference I've seen that refers to the non-existent HTML 3.0 as what it is: a marketing gimmick. Moreover, this is the first book I've seen that provides a clear and concise discussion of how non-standard and pseudo-standard HTML tags are handled by various Web browsers. This information is crucial for serious Web authors and designers.

"HTML: The Definitive Guide covers the HTML 2.0 standard and the Netscape 2.0 extensions. That may sound outdated, but it's not. The work includes complete coverage of the most recent HTML constructs including forms, tables, font handling, frames, and dynamic documents (server push/client pull)."

--Michael Fraase, Cyberspace Settlers Guide, Copyright 1996 Arts & Farces

"Out of the hundreds of HTML books on the market just one stands out for completeness and clarity. That book is: HTML: The Definitive Guide by Chuck Musciano & Bill Kennedy...published by O'Reilly & Associates.

"Not only does this book cover HTML version 2 and 3 well without treating the reader as if he were a child, it also covers the major extensions to the HTML language developed by both Netscape and Microsoft.

"Clear technical writing for which O'Reilly & Associates is known is what makes this book required reading for every web master. A handy pull out reference guild is included as well. Also of note is the complete listing of every tag, function and attribute connected with each tag in a box for easy use. I have seen dozens of books about HTML, most of them bad, a few good, but this is the only one that comes close to being the kind of printed documentation that most computer programming languages come with.

"An excellent book which I would, and have suggested to anyone."

--Greg Kearney, Editor, Internet DailyNews,