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August 12, 2006. I'm very proud to announce the new, sixth edition of my bestselling book on HTML, XHTML, and CSS. Its official title is HTML, XHTML, and CSS, Sixth Edition: Visual QuickStart Guide.

My book is a clear, concise guide to learning HTML, XHTML, and CSS which has sold over a million copies in more than fifteen languages.

Beginners are comfortable with my direct and friendly style and my step-by-step instructions. Illustrations accompany almost every topic and show how the code actually looks in a browser.

Experts love how easy it is to quickly find the information they need. Topics are covered completely but without fluff, they are demonstrated with a real-life example, and they're easy to find in the excellent index.

The new sixth edition has been completely overhauled to take into account current design practices: using standards-based code to create liquid layouts that are broadly accessible--not only to a multitude of browsers on various platforms with a variety of monitors, but also to handhelds and other mobile devices, to foreign audiences, and to the disabled.

In particular, the book uses brand new CSS examples to illustrate modern layout design with CSS, covers using XHTML and CSS for displaying pages for mobile devices, shows how to format forms with CSS and how to process them with PHP, describes how to embed audio and video on Web sites in a standards-compliant way, and then how to syndicate that content and create a podcast by writing RSS feeds.

In addition, the Sixth Edition is in full color, with larger screenshots that focus on the code in question and larger captions that describe what is going on there. I think you'll find the book much clearer overall.

The book's extremely useful charts and tables are back in force, including the full-color color chart, tables of both XHTML and CSS, a complete list of the entity references for special symbols and characters, and a table of hexadecimal values.

I invite you to browse through the Table of Contents. The index will be up shortly. You might be interested in reading the opinions of others. Or, you may be ready to buy a copy. I hope you enjoy it!