HTML: Designing Effective Web Pages

The Visual Blueprint series of guides is fairly new, and includes books on Extensible Markup Language (XML), JavaScript and HyperText Markup Language (HTML). Designed in stages, the book uses screenshots and points on every page, and provides an example of the finished product to step the reader through each section of Web design.

The book then moves to the practical HTML areas, covering topics such as what you need to type into Notepad and how the result will appear in Netscape Navigator or Internet Explorer. HTML basics include creating paragraphs, new lines, blank spaces, changing fonts, changing backgrounds and embedding sound and film files. Other chapters explain how to convert images to GIF and JPEG files, and a trial version of Jasc Paint Shop Pro is supplied on the CD. Trial versions of Homesite and sample code referred to in the book are also on the CD. More advanced Web design topics including XML and JavaScript are touched briefly, and there are tips on how to publish your Web site and the process of transferring pages to a Web server.

This is certainly a helpful book for novices wishing to step into Web design, especially with its focus on what the result of code will look like in a browser. If you require an HTML code reference book or are experienced with HTML, then this is probably not the title for you.

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Justin Sims

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