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July 26, 2002

I'm changing how my gallery works. It was just too hard to keep up with the hundreds of requests. I loved going through them, but it just takes too much time. So, I'm now going to choose just a few sites to spotlight. I've started with three really exemplary sites. I hope you enjoy them. Comments?

September 20, 2001

I'm back and I'm giving away free books! If you'd like a copy of one of the foreign language editions of my books, I'd be happy to send you one.

January 22, 2001 HTML and Perl/CGI in Bulgarian!

I'm happy to report that both the HTML and Perl/CGI books are available in Bulgarian. I only wish I could understand what the page says! I do love seeing my name written with Cyrillic characters. (Note that I had no trouble seeing the page in Windows, but IE on the Mac couldn't deal with the Cyrillic. I've got to do some research on this!!!)

See the entry below on December 11, 2000 for other translations.

December 13, 2000. New Gallery Listings!

I've finally posted a long overdue update of the Gallery pages. This time I've added some 300 new ones!.

December 11, 2000

Today, I received a copy of the Portuguese Edition of my HTML book, and thought it might be interesting to note all of the foreign language editions (in no particular order). Spanish and Hebrew are coming soon!

October-November, 2000 - XML for the World Wide Web: Visual QuickStart Guide is published

I am very proud to announce the publication of my latest book: XML for the World Wide Web: Visual QuickStart Guide, in late October, 2000. It is a comprehensive, yet concise and understandable step-by-step guide to this latest Web technology. XML is promoted as the successor to HTML...and while that may be off in the distance still, it is true that XML is more powerful and more flexible and has the potential to completely rework the Web. In the new book, I discuss not only XML, which in and of itself is a pretty simple concept, but also the key technologies on which it relies: DTDs, XML Schema, XSLT and XPath, CSS, and XLink and XPointer. It is already garnering rave reviews on Amazon. I hope you like it!

June 9, 2000 - Back to the Old Question and Answer Board

I'm afraid we're going to have to go back to the old Question and Answer board system. The new system that I tried to implement over the last month had several major problems that I was unable to solve, including disappearing messages, repeated automatic responses, difficulties following particular threads, searching difficulties, and concerns about privacy. I am very disappointed that it didn't work out better. I spent an enormous amount of time trying to make it work and I appreciate the time spent by all of those who answered other readers' questions. You're a special bunch.

So, for the time being, let's go back to the Perl/CGI based system, which, while a little clunky and slow, worked perfectly well.

Any suggestions for an improved Question and Answer system that can help take some of the pressure off me for answering all my email would be welcome indeed.

May 18, 2000 - New Gallery listings

Perhaps my favorite but most arduous task is updating my gallery page. There are almost 200 new listings this time and while I love seeing what you all have created with my book, it does take me a long time to go through each and every page (not to mention create the gallery pages themselves). There are many, many fascinating pages, here are some that caught my eye: Marje Cannon, Samanthi Fernando, Michael Hastie, Jean Paul LaCount, Uba-Yani Tours, Mark Landrum, Steve Owens page on the NY State 91st Infantry, Chris Pirrotta, Matthew (BMX) Potts, David Price-Hughes, and Joel Wintersteller.

January 7, 2000 - New Article about Statistics and Statmark

Wondering what's happened to Statmark? Interested in browser statistics? Check out my new article.

December 7, 1999 - HTML Clinic at World Without Borders

Join me in person for my monthly "HTML Clinic" chat at World Without Borders. Bring me your HTML problems, questions, and doubts on Tuesday night at 7pm Pacific, 10pm Eastern (the kids are in bed!)

Can't join me tonight? The next HTML Clinic is January 4. It's always the first Tuesday of the month. I hope to see you there!

December 3, 1999 - New Article

I've just posted the first in a series of articles I (and hopefully others among you) will be writing about HTML. This first covers the five most common questions I get via e-mail and on my Question and Answer board. Hope you enjoy it.

November 30, 1999 -- New Gallery Entries

Thanks to all of you who have submitted entries for my "Created with HTML 4 VQS Gallery" page. I've finally gotten a new set of links up and running. Take a look. While this is one of my most time consuming jobs, it's also one of my favorites. I love seeing what you've all created with my book. In this new batch, you'll find Michael Holshouser's Zen musings, Michael Spry's compelling discussions about adoption (and theme parks), Phil Silva's wooden bows, John Clifton's Sydney Electric Train Society page, Heather Butlin's gorgeous hand painted silk scarves, Martha Cox' Go Take A Hike site, David Johnson's Tierra Pintada studio, and much more.

I've also added "New" flags so you can quickly pick out the new offerings. Please let me know if you find corrections that should be made. Thanks.

And yes, I do plan to split the Gallery entries into multiple pages, just as soon as I can!

November 2, 1999 -- Live HTML Clinic

Join me in person for my monthly "HTML Clinic" chat at World Without Borders. Bring me your HTML problems, questions, and doubts on Tuesday night at 7pm Pacific, 10pm Eastern (the kids are in bed!)

October 29, 1999 - The Index is up!

The index for HTML 4 for the World Wide Web, Fourth Edition, Visual QuickStart Guide, is now up and running. If you're curious about whether or not I cover a topic in the book, you can consult this online index. I'm particularly proud (ok, obsessed) with my index. A book can be full of helpful info, but if you can't find it, what good is it? My thorough index helps you find just what you need--quickly!

October 21, 1999 -- Fourth Edition of HTML book!

Of course, the biggest news is that the new edition of my bestselling HTML book, HTML 4 for the World Wide Web: Visual QuickStart Guide, Fourth Edition is about to be published. It should be available on October 21, 1999. For an idea of what to expect in the new edition, check out the new home page for the book.

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For more information about HTML, check out my book, HTML 4 for the World Wide Web: Visual QuickStart Guide, Fourth Edition, published by Peachpit Press.