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Press Release: April 6, 2006

Web Design in a Nutshell, Third Edition: An Up-to-the-Minute Quick Reference

Sebastopol, CA--The Web continues to evolve at the speed of innovation. For those keeping track of new developments, that means you'd better not blink because you just might miss the next big thing. Obviously, this fast pace makes web design a tricky enterprise. But fear not, armed with the up-to-the-minute third edition of O'Reilly's Web Design in a Nutshell, Third Edition (Robbins, O'Reilly, $34.99 US), you just might find yourself leading the evolution rather than playing catch-up.

"The last edition of this book appeared five years ago, and there has been a major climate change with regard to web standards," said author Jennifer Niederst Robbins. "Cascading Style Sheets are no longer just something interesting to tinker with, but rather a reliable method for handling all matters of presentation, from fonts and colors to the layout of the entire page. In fact, following the standards is now a mandate of professional web design."

Web Design in a Nutshell, Third Edition is one of the first books to capture this new web landscape with an edition that's been completely rewritten and expanded to reflect the state of the art. In addition to being an authoritative reference for (X)HTML and Cascading Style Sheets, this book also provides an overview of the unique requirements of designing for the Web and gets to the nitty-gritty of JavaScript and DOM Scripting, web graphics optimization, and multimedia production. It is an indispensable tool for web designers and developers of all levels.

The third edition of Web Design in a Nutshell features:

  • A complete HTML 4.01 and XHTML 1.0 and 1.1 reference, with an emphasis on proper semantic markup practices
  • Ten all-new chapters on Cascading Style Sheets for presentation, as well as an Appendix listing every property in CSS Level 2.1
  • Discussions on the web environment, including the importance of web standards, designing for a variety of browsers and displays, and how to make your site accessible to all users and devices
  • Introductions to using JavaScript and DOM scripting for adding interactivity to your pages, including syntax, control structures, object-orientation, unobtrusive scripting, and also a brief introduction to Ajax
  • Chapters on creating lean and mean GIF, JPEG, PNG, and animated GIF images for web delivery
  • Information on adding audio, video, and Flash movies to web pages, as well as approaches to printing content from the Web

    Organized so that readers can find answers quickly, Web Design in a Nutshell, Third Edition helps experienced designers come up to speed quickly on standards-based web design, and serves as a quick reference for those already familiar with the new standards and technology. There are many books for web designers, but none that address such a wide variety of topics. Find out why nearly half a million buyers have made this the most popular web design book available.

    Additional Resources:

    Web Design in a Nutshell, Third Edition
    Jennifer Niederst Robbins
    ISBN: 0-596-00987-9, 826 pages, $34.99 US
    1-800-998-9938; 1-707-827-7000

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