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Best of 2001: Customers' Picks, amazon.com

2001 Web Development Editors' Picks, amazon.com

?If you are serious about designing documents and Web pages with HTML (HyperText Markup Language) then you *must* have this book. First of all, it *is* definitive. Many books, though much longer, don't begin to match the depth of this current work?All this, and readable, too. The content is straightforward and lucid. While you might not read this
book for laughs, it is not the tome to choose to put yourself to sleep at night, either. I can recommend this book, without reservation, to anyone who wants to learn HTML programming and use. It is, still, the definitive
guide and the only one I find I need to keep on my shelf.?
--Rob Slade, Internet Review, Dec 2001


"The HTML reference every web designer needs."
--Jonathan Frick, Web Design Essentials, amazon.com

"Know the standards. Code them exclusively.
This is your bible."
--Wesley D. Kincaid, Web Development Essentials, amazon.com

Best of 2001 Award; Computing and Internet, Fatbrain.com

"O'Reilly Press, which publishes some of the finest books on computer applications in the field, most of which are very advanced, also has great HTML books. HTML & XHTML, by Chuck Musciano and Bill Kennedy comprehensibly covers the subject. While primarily written for professionals as a guide to developing web pages without the help of authoring programs like Dreamweaver, it's sufficiently clear for beginners, and serves as a terrific reference books." --Bruce W. Marcus, The Marcus Newsletter, July 2001

"It is hard to find good books on popular subjects like this mainly because there are too many bad books. As always O'Reilly didn't disappoint me by bringing to us HTML & XHTML by Chuck Musciano and Bill Kenney. It is a readable, fast moving and compact book. Those of us with the need for a good reference book certainly appreciate this one." --Miguel A. Sepulveda, Linux Focus.org, Jan 2001

"The Definitive Guide offers a more comprehensive and pragmatic look at the de facto markup language of today, as well as the emerging next step." --CompBookReview.com

"an authoritative explanatory reference that covers Cascading Style Sheets as well as page layout. There are insightful comments on each topic, many code examples, and a quick-reference guide in an appendix." --Tim Anderson, amazon.co.uk

"Anyone with a serious interest in using HTML or XHTML should have this text at hand as a principal reference." --Major Keary, AUSOM News, March 2001

"While the covers of O'Reilly books may be eccentric, the content is almost always of a very high standard. The koala book does an excellent job of covering the essential features of the varying flavours of Web page formatting languages and includes a short section on JavaScript for good measure." --PCPlus Dec 2000

"quite versatile in that, while it is suitable for a beginner learning HTML or XHTML, it would also be of great use to somebody with knowledge of HTML who needs to brush up on their skills or perhaps learn the newer XHTML...a well-priced and well written introduction to web technologies. Rating: 9/10" --Linux Format, Dec 2000

"Plenty of books can teach you HTML quickly, getting you up to speed and hacking out Web pages in no time. HTML & XHTML: The Definitive Guide offers a more comprehensive and pragmatic look at the de facto markup language of today, as well as the emerging next step While HTML & XHTML: The Definitive Guide is an excellent tutorial for learning markup the right way, it is also a superb desktop reference guide to keep nearby for daily use. Perhaps, there is no greater compliment for a Web development book. --Stephen W. Plain, amazon.com

"If you are planning to buy just one book on HTML and XHTML, this is the book for you." --Nelson Bigelow, JR. Kennebec Valley Computer Society Newsletter, Jan 2001

"If you ever wanted to know anything about HTML or XHTML, this is the book you should read...Do I remember it? MOST DEFINITELY!" --Grace Halliday, SCUG Report, January 2001

Top Computer Books for 2000 --amazon.com

"XHTML, a robust and orderly reformulation of XML, is reported to be the HTML of the future. "HTML & XHTML: The Definitive Guide, 4th Edition" takes an extremely useful, forked approach to getting you intimate with XHTML via both an in-depth discussion of the language and lots of real-world applications." -- Stephen Plain and Teri Kieffer, Amazon.com Delivers Web Development, August 31, 2000

Previous Editions "The complete guide to HTML coding, including all extensions." --Michael Kleper, Center for Technical Studies Reprot, Winter/Spring 1999

"We've learned more about HTML from this source than any other. It is incredibly well written and easy to understand. So many resources tell you how to create HTML tags, but few tell you why these tags are applied in the way they are, It's one web-oriented book we can't be without." -Photo Electronic Imaging, , Dec 1998

"An excellent reference book." --Jennifer Kyrnin, HTML Guide, Mining Co.

(For 2nd Edition)

"No other HTML book holds a torch to this one. It's not only good for learning new information, but also for refreshers and for use as a quick reference. Looking at other HTML books is always disappointing after using this one. The chapters on frames and tables are especially good. If you want to get better at HTML, and have fun doing it, this is the book for you...." --Dave Brewer, posted on Amazon.com, June 1997

"This is possibly the most comprehensive HTML book available today, featuring extensive coverage of Netscape 4.0, Internet Explorer 3.0, Javascript, style sheets, layers, frames, tables and more. The authors discuss every HTML element in detail, explaining semantics, syntax and variations, while helping you to distinguish between good and bad HTML usage. If you want to be a HTML master, buy this book. Includes a handy quick-reference card listing all the HTML elements." --Geoff Choo, Director Solutions WEBzine, http://space.tin.it/internet/gchoo/html/books_web.html

"O'Reilly, the grand poobah of Internet reference publishers, gives you all the HTML reference you need." --Hotwired

"A thorough introduction to the subject and an excellent reference book." --Gregor M. Novak, Computers in Physics, Jan/Feb 1998

"O'Reilly and Associates publishes an excellent HTML book called HTML: The Definitive Guide. It's an excellent book for beginners and as a reference, and interesting enough to read through completely. It tells you how to do stuff, but more importantly, it also tells you why you might want to or not want to do something, which is something a lot of HTML books don't really address...." --Cari D. Burstein, news:comp.infosystems.www.authoring.html

(For 1st Edition)

"This is an excellent, well-written book on HTML, and will be a great aid for any web author out there." --The Computer Paper, BC Edition, August 1996

"This book by Chuck Musciano and Bill Kennedy is the best book [I've seen] about HTML. Of all the upcoming thousands of books on that subject, this one seems to be the most comprehensive and detailed." --Markus Schnell

"Out of the hundreds of HTML books on the market just one stands out for completeness and clarity...HTML: The Definitive Guide by Chuck Musciano & Bill Kennedy. Not only does this book cover HTML version 2 and 3 well without treating the reader as if he were a child, it also covers the major extensions to the HTML language developed by both Netscape and Microsoft. Clear technical writing for which O'Reilly & Associates is known is what makes this book required reading for every web master.... I have seen dozens of books about HTML...but this is the only one that comes close to being the kind of printed documentation that most computer programming languages come with. An excellent book which I would, and have suggested to anyone." --Greg Kearney, Editor, Internet DailyNews, http://www.dailynews.net

"O'Reilly, which has become the standard of excellence for serious books on UNIX, recently, has come out with a series of publications this year that, taken as a whole, comprises a unique library for the serious web designer.... Anyone who is planning to be involved in the web in a major way should be aware both of these books and the tools they represent." --Gordon Cook, Editor and Publisher of The COOK Report on Internet

"As the title purports, this book is a detailed exposition of HTML. One that includes all the bells and whistles.... This book is written for someone who has some strong technical or programming experience.... The novice web user should definitely go to Nierderst first. It seems that HTML: The Definitive Guide is O'Reilly's standard top notch exhaustive compendium of the HTML universe and probably belongs in the beginner's library once he or she has a few month's experience with the range of abilities and applications shown by Nierderst." --Gordon Cook, Editor and Publisher of The COOK Report on Internet

(For 2nd Edition)

"My copy of this book has been stolen! I work with a group of people that code in HTML every day. A number of them have purchased O'Reilly and Associates HTML: The Definitive Guide after comparing it to a number of others available (but I was the first, so the glory goes to me).

"Unfortunately, my copy has been stolen (even thieves know which book is best), and I have been struggling ever since; no other HTML book holds a torch to this one. It's not only good for learning new information, but also for refreshers and for use as a quick reference. Looking at other HTML books is always disappointing after using this one. The chapters on frames and tables are especially good. "If you want to get better at HTML, and have fun doing it, this is the book for you. I have almost given up hope that mine will return, and may have to buy a new copy. Then I will be truly happy once more." -- Dave Brewer, posted on Amazon.com, June 1997


(For 1st Edition)

"Finally. An HTML book worth buying. If you write or design for the Web you'll quickly find this book the only paper-based guide to HTML worth keeping. Written by Chuck Musciano and Bill Kennedy, the style and tone of the work is refreshingly crisp and painstakingly accurate.

"O'Reilly & Associates is one of the few computer book publishers that doesn't get caught up in sacrificing quality for bulk in its titles. At almost 400 pages, HTML: The Definitive Guide isn't a lightweight, but there is absolutely no fluff or coverage of tangential issues in this work. The book is an authoritative treatment of the HTML markup language; you won't find general Internet or web information here. Readers of other O'Reilly titles will find the book's interior design and layout familiar; HTML: The Definitive Guide is easily navigated and best treated as a reference guide.

"In the three years since the creation of HTML, the markup language has grown in both power and complexity. HTML: The Definitive Guide manages this complexity effectively by providing generous examples and an integrated style guide. This is the first HTML reference I've seen that refers to the non-existent HTML 3.0 as what it is: a marketing gimmick. Moreover, this is the first book I've seen that provides a clear and concise discussion of how non-standard and pseudo-standard HTML tags are handled by various web browsers. This information is crucial for serious web authors and designers.

"HTML: The Definitive Guide covers the HTML 2.0 standard and the Netscape 2.0 extensions. That may sound outdated, but it's not. The work includes complete coverage of the most recent HTML constructs including forms, tables, font handling, frames, and dynamic documents (server push/client pull)." --Michael Fraase, Cyberspace Settlers Guide, Copyright 1996 Arts & Farces


"Out of the hundreds of HTML books on the market just one stands out for completeness and clarity. That book is: HTML: The Definitive Guide by Chuck Musciano & Bill Kennedy...published by O'Reilly & Associates.

"Not only does this book cover HTML version 2 and 3 well without treating the reader as if he were a child, it also covers the major extensions to the HTML language developed by both Netscape and Microsoft.

"Clear technical writing for which O'Reilly & Associates is known is what makes this book required reading for every web master. A handy pull out reference guild is included as well. Also of note is the complete listing of every tag, function and attribute connected with each tag in a box for easy use. I have seen dozens of books about HTML, most of them bad, a few good, but this is the only one that comes close to being the kind of printed documentation that most computer programming languages come with.

"An excellent book which I would, and have suggested to anyone." --Greg Kearney, Editor, Internet DailyNews, http://www.dailynews.net

"I've reviewed many HTML books over the years, but the previous editions of this book have always stayed on my reference bookshelf while others were turfed...this edition, like the previous editions, is a must have for any serious web master. It is bound to end up as dog-eared and well- used as the previous editions I have before another "definitive" edition comes around." --Keith Schengili-Roberts, Computer Paper, November 1998