HTML 4 for the World Wide Web: Visual QuickStart Guide, Fourth Edition, by Elizabeth Castro

The Fifth Edition of my bestselling book about HTML, XHTML, and CSS has recently been published. You can find more information at

The new version of Elizabeth Castro's bestselling guide to HTML was published in October, 1999 by Peachpit Press. It's called HTML 4 for the World Wide Web: Visual QuickStart Guide, Fourth Edition. Its ISBN is 0-201-35493-4.

This new Fourth Edition covers the complete 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.

As hundreds of thousands of readers can attest to, this HTML book is special. Each page is devoted to a single topic and displays both the HTML code that is being discussed as well as an illustration of what it should look like in a browser. You quickly get up to speed by writing your own code and comparing your results to the book's illustrations. Most pages offer extra tips for getting the most out of your HTML code.

HTML 4 for the World Wide Web: Visual QuickStart Guide, Fourth Edition, is carefully and completely indexed to make it easy to find the topic you're interested in, whether you're learning it for the first time, or want a quick reference for some forgotten syntax. The numerous cross-references throughout the book make it easy to find out more about related topics.

In short, the book is a carefully-constructed, well-designed, succinct, easy-to-read (whew!) guide to writing your own HTML code.

What's new in the Fourth Edition?
HTML 4 for the World Wide Web, Fourth Edition has 384 pages (48 more than the 3rd edition), and all the chapters have been fully updated. There are brand new chapters on JavaScript, problem solving (debugging) and Getting Visitors. And the Tables chapter might as well be new; it explains how to use tables for Web page layout, not just tabular data.

The completely updated Forms chapter now includes CGI scripts so that you can process your forms. And if you're not ready to take the plunge into CGI, you'll appreciate the new sections on submitting form data via e-mail.

I've also 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.

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

Check out the Table of Contents and the Index for a complete rundown of what you'll find in the book.

Bigger Illustrations
I am happy to report that the illustrations in the book that display the HTML code are now even BIGGER than in the 3rd edition! 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, Fourth Edition 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 can find out what's new on my Web site on the News page. I'll be writing some new, hopefully pertinent articles. Check out what fellow readers are creating in the gallery. Ask a question on my Question and Answer boards. Consult the hexadecimal color chart or a browser safe color chart. Read reviews, personal mentions, and see which colleges and universities use my book as a text.

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, Fourth Edition only costs $19.99. 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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