Web Design in a Nutshell
"A Desktop Quick Reference"
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Title: Web Design in a Nutshell
|Web Design in a Nutshell is a quick reference to the nitty-gritty on everything you need to know to design Web pages. It focuses on the front-end aspects of Web design--HTML, authoring, graphics production, and media development. It is not a resource for programing, scripting, or server functions; yet the author does provide enough background information on these topics to give designers a level of familiarity with the terminology and technologies. The author, Jennifer Niederst, has a solid foundation in Web design. She designed O'Reilly's Global Network Navigator (GNN), and has been working exclusively on the Web since 1993, and has written an earlier Web book for O'Reilly: Designing for the Web. The book is part of O'Reilly's In a Nutshell series of books that focuses on giving you the useful information, without a lot of fluff, and organized so that what you need can be found quickly. Some of the other books in the series are: Internet in a Nutshell; Java in a Nutshell; ASP in a Nutshell; WebMaster in a Nutshell; Perl in a Nutshell; Photoshop in a Nutshell (see our review); AOL in a Nutshell; and AutoCAD2000 in a Nutshell (February). The O'Reilly Web site is well worth visiting. The site has a distinctive look, like its books, with images resembling various animals. http://www.oreilly.com|
|Sophisticated Beginners, Intermediate and Advanced computer users. The book is appropriate for all levels of expertise--from beginners who may require full explanations of new concepts and individual tags, to professionals who need to look up a particular detail.|
The book is divided into six parts, each covering a general subject area.
Part I: The Web Environment--Chapters
1 through 4 introduce some broad concepts about the way the Web works.
It looks at how differing browser capabilities affect design decisions;
discusses varying monitor resolutions and accessibility issues and their
effects on the design process; introduces how the Web deals with color,
graphics, and fonts; and provides a primer on basic server functions,
UNIX commands, uploading files, and file types.
Part III: Graphics--Chapters 14
through 17 provide background information on web graphics file formats
as well as overviews of available tools and practical tips for graphic
production and optimization. It describes the popular GIF format and
provides tricks for working with transparency and minimizing file sizes;
describes the JPEG format and provides tips on minimizing file sizes;
introduces the new file format, PNG and discusses its strengths and
limitations; and discusses the tools and techniques used in creating
graphics with colors from the Web Palette.
Part V: Emerging Technologies--Chapters 23 through 27 introduces new technologies that are destined to have an impact on the Web's future but are currently in varying stages of development and are not well supported by current browsers. It describes how to use Cascading Style Sheets to control presentation of HTML documents, including detailed explanations of available selectors, properties, and values. It also introduces CSS Level 2 features and provides tips for style sheet use. There is a basic overview of Dynamic HTML and related concepts, and this part briefly introduces XML and explains why it is significant, with a description of XML-based applications for multimedia and vector graphics. Two competing technologies, TrueDoc and OpenType for embedding fonts in web pages are introduced. And it looks at measures being taken by the World Wide Web Consortium to make the Web multilingual.
Appendixes--There are five appendixes:
|Web Design in a Nutshell is an easy-to-read, comprehensive, and compact book that fits nicely on your desktop. It does a good job of explaining what good, adequate coding is and is not. There are enough examples to help novices, yet it is thorough enough for advanced professionals and has a perfect balance of detailed explanation and reference. This book is not a hand-holding, step-by-step tutorial, nor a simple Web book for dummies type. It is a reference book with lots of explanations.|
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