Chapter 1. Taking the Web to the Next Level
In This Chapter
Reviewing HTML, XHTML, and CSS
Choosing an editor
Building your browser toolkit
The Web is a pretty big deal. It's a lot of fun to build Web pages, and just about every business needs them. As the Web has grown and changed, the expectations of what a Web page is and does have also changed. If you already know HTML or XHTML, you know how to create Web documents — if you need a refresher, check out Bonus Chapter 1 on either the companion Web site at
Building Something Cool
This book is about adding features to Web pages that you cannot do with simple HTML and CSS.
Make no mistake; we're talking about programming here — and programming is a little bit harder than plain old Web development. However, it's really worth it, as the example page in Figure 1-1 illustrates.
To keep this example simple, I'm using some external libraries. They are explained in Part IV of this book, but for now just appreciate that something exciting is happening here.
Figure 1.1. This page has some interesting ...