HTML 4 for the World Wide Web: Visual QuickStart Guide, by Elizabeth Castro
This version of Elizabeth Castro's bestselling guide to HTML was published in May, 1998 by Peachpit Press. Although it is the third version of the book, it has a new title, and thus no “third edition”. It's called HTML 4 for the World Wide Web: Visual QuickStart Guide. Its ISBN is 0-201-69696-7.

This version covers the very latest HTML specifications (version 4) as well as Cascading Style Sheets, level 2. In addition, Netscape- and Internet Explorer-specific extensions are also described in detail.

Complete Coverage of HTML 4, CSS2, plus Netscape and IE Extensions
HTML 4 for the World Wide Web has 336 pages (80 more than the 2nd edition), and all the chapters have been fully updated. There are two new chapters (bringing the total to three) on Cascading Style Sheets, including all the new features for controlling text, color, layout, positioning, printing, and more. There is also a brand new chapter that explains how to incorporate JavaScript scripts into your HTML pages.

The new edition also explains how to get the most out of the META tag and includes a completely rewritten forms chapter, with more detailed information about CGI scripts.In fact, there are changes to practically every page. I've gone through and checked each tag with the current versions (on both Mac and Windows) of both Netscape Communicator and Internet Explorer to see which tags work with which browsers--so you don't have to.

It also includes completely updated chapters on basic HTML, text formatting, creating and using images, links and anchors, lists, tables, forms, multimedia, HTML tools, special symbols and colors.

Check out the Table of Contents and the Index.

Bigger Illustrations
I am happy to report that the illustrations in the book that display the HTML code are now BIGGER! Hopefully, you'll all be able to put away those magnifying glasses!

Two Companion Web Sites!
HTML for the World Wide Web: Visual QuickStart Guide has two companion Web sites. The first is at Peachpit Press' site. It contains the Table of Contents, all the Source code and Examples, and more.

And you've already found the second companion Web site. It's right here at Cookwood Press. You'll find a gallery of Web pages created by readers of the book, a collection of letters about the book, a question and answer section, a hexadecimal color chart, like the one on the inside back cover of the book, a browser safe color chart (and palette for Photoshop) and a list of links to reviews, personal mentions, and colleges and universities where the book is required. Perhaps most importantly, I'm working on a section of extra bits of information that answer obscure, but often important questions. Putting them in the book would push the page limit (and readers' patience); this Web site will give me the chance to give more detail and explore clever techniques.

You'll also find personal links of my own, including more pictures of my cats (oh boy!), and my personal and professional background.

Clear, Concise Instructions
Each tag is explained with short, clear, step-by-step instructions accompanied by two-color illustrations so you can see exactly what to do and what it will look like when you've done it. You'll never have to wade through pages and pages of filler.

Great Reference
Can't remember how to use a tag? Just look it up in the complete index, jump to the page and you're done. This new edition includes an alphabetical listing of HTML 4 tags (and Netscape and Internet Explorer extensions), lists which tags are compatible with which browsers, and points to you the page in the book where you can find steps for using each tag.

Includes a Color Table
Open the inside back cover to use the handy color table, complete with rgb codes. Choosing colors for text, links, and backgrounds has never been so easy.

Low Price
HTML 4 for the World Wide Web:Visual Quickstart Guide only costs $17.95. You won't find another book that covers all of HTML 4, Cascading Style Sheets Level 2, plus Netscape and Internet Explorer Extensions, for less.

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