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"A dense reference manual is one that has a wealth of information that's easily accessible in a small volume. A dense reference manual is one that will fit in your briefcase. These do. 'Dense' is good. Is it time for the titles? 'Webmaster in a Nutshell' is one. The other is 'Web Design in a Nutshell'. I've read a lot of books over the years, but these two are indispensable. I take them home. I take them back to the office. I read them in bed. (OK. You already knew I was a geek, but this is stretching it even for geeks. I have, though, read them in bed.)... The book covers just about everything a web site designer should know, from how GIFs work to why colors are a nightmare. And for every explanation of a technique that might make your life easier, there's an additional explanation of the disadvantages. Web site design is all about making decisions. About choosing the solution that's best today. It may have shortcomings. It may not be the best solution tomorrow, but you have to finish your work today. With today's browsers, you need to know what works (most of the time) and what may not work so well with some browsers. If you like making intelligent, informed decisions, then this is an excellent book to add to your library."--Bill Blinn, Technology Corner, Jan 25, 2003

"The reference that a web designer would turn to most often...a concise compendium of just about everything a web designer needs to know."
--Major Kearny, PC Update, Dec 2002

"This is a great book for the price, easy to use and packed with valuable information."
--Joyce J. Evans, January 2003

"The nitty-gritty on everything you need to know to design web pages. It's the good stuff, without the fluff, written and organized so that the answers can be found quickly."
--Dave Agold, PC Alamonde, April 2002

"an excellent reference--once again O'Reilly has published a winner."
--Dave Agold, Alamo PC, April 2002

"Five Stars. Get ready to create your web pages. This book has it all and is written in such a way that you will be able to find what you are looking for very quickly. When you find what you are looking for, you will be able to apply it to your page in a matter of minutes. This is because the book is so easy to read and follow along with that anyone should be able to create a web site using it...This is a book you can not do without. Keep it on your desk as a quick reference when you are working on your web site. The information in this book is invaluable to the modern Webmaster. Whether you are a beginner or have been designing sites for years, this book will help you at every step of the way."
--Linda Roeder, Personal Web Pages, About.com

"If you were only going to buy one book on web design, this would have to be it."
--Daf Tregear, news@ukuug

"I have frequently reviewed O'Reilly books in the In a Nutshell series. Invariably, each received a well-done for clarity and completeness. This one is no exception--if you are looking for a quick reference on web design, this book is for you."
--Sam Gardner, PC News, Polk Computer Users Group, March 2002

"Web Design in a Nutshell could easily have been titled The Web Designer's Companion--it's mighty handy to have around."
--Angelynn Grant, CompBook Review.com, March 2002

"a concise compendium of just about everything that a web designer needs to know."
--Major Keary, Book News Feb 2002

"Serious web designers need serious tools just to say current. This book is one such tool...This thoroughly updated second edition, like others in O'Reilly's impressive "Nutshell" line, does a splendid job of presenting something clear and cogent on almost any web design subject."
--Michael Dominowski, Staten Island Advance, Jan 2, 2002

"Unless you have a photographic memory and can keep endless facts, figures, and programming languages in your head, you will find 'Web Design in a Nutshell,' written by Jennifer Niederst, to be a gold mine."
--Lorraine Petrie, South Jersey Apple Users Group, Jan 2002

"This thoroughly updated second edition, like other guides in O'Reilly's impressive "Nutshell" line, does a splendid job of presenting something clear and cogent on most any Web design subject."
--Michael W. Dominowski, Staten Island Advance, Jan 2, 2002

" an outstanding job of presenting web design in a nutshell. The book is complete, well written and well organized. In this book, a wide range of front-end technologies and techniques is presented from which those of us who are trying to build Web sites must draw. The book covers HTML 4.0 tags and special attention is given to the difficulties we can have in getting our Web site to display correctly on the many different browses and platforms that are out there. Many of the tips and tricks that I am picking up through hard experience could have been learned here if I had had the book earlier."
--DFWUUG, Dec 2001

"The welcome second edition of a classic Web authoring guide. Aimed at professionals, it is an excellent reference for core Web standards, made special by the author's concise, meticulous explanations and comments. The book explains everything from basic HTML to Flash movies, but the best chapters cover the nitty-gritty detail of setting out a page."
--Anna Freeman, amazon.uk Delivers General Computing, Nov. 14, 2001

"It's the most well worn Web design book I have in my collection and the only HTML book I ever bought. Expect an entire orchestra of instruments relevant to Web design, along with the specific details and tricks you should know. It may seem a bit much that Niederst covers HTML, CSS, SSI, graphics, multimedia, JavaScript, DHTML, XML, XHTML, WAP, and WML. However, she appropriately magnifies essential things while the advanced or "you may want to explore" topics are touched upon to give an idea of how it works with suggestions for further reading--Highly recommended."
--Meryl Evans, Web Reference Update Newsletter, Nov 14, 2001


From the First Edition

"as a reference book about design, Web Design in a Nutshell is unmatched by anything else that I have read."
--Matt Mickiewicz, Webmasterbase.com

"The sheer amount of thoughtful fully indexed and clearly listed information make this book a must-have for anyone who works with Web pages-beginner or not."
--CNET Builder, July 19, 2001

"First thing I want to say is that I LOVE this book! Loads of great information packed into a concise and helpful format. Inside ' Web Design In A Nutshell' Jennifer Niederst takes you by the hand and teaches you the basics and even advanced techniques and information that professional web designers use every single day. She also packed the book with tons I means tons of great handy tips and tricks. This book has just about everything inside of it for someone who wants to design a web site. Jennifer wrote it without the useless information or fluff, and she set the book up in an easy to read format. I have decided to set this book right next to my monitor, always in reach so I will have all the great information right next to me at anytime."
--Raymond Angel, thirdgeek.com, June 2001

"Comprehensive, covers browser idiosyncrasies, and is presented in a clean and well-indexed format."
--CompBookReview.com

"Something of a classic, it is packed with excellent tips and handy reference tables."
--Tim Anderson, amazon.co.uk

"This superb book gives a no-nonsense overview of HTML programming starting from the ground up and encapsulating some of the more advanced topics some lesser books choose not to approach. Everything is so well presented it makes for easy reading even when not sitting at your computer. It's nice to see such good support for multiple browsers too--the book gives information about which commands will work with which browser so it's easy to produce more universally accessible sites. Although this is not aimed squarely at the beginner it's so well written it should be on any prospective coder's bookshelf from an early stage. An excellent read ."
--Andrew Russell, amazon.co.uk

"Niederst discusses everything a web designer needs, from basic principles and HTML to designing for multiple browsers, cascading style sheets, and XML. For a working web designer this book will be an invaluable quick reference, and it is written well enough that someone just starting out on the web could also use it. Highly recommended for all libraries."
--James Cox, Midwest Book Review

"I recommend this book for anyone interested in learning more about Web Design. It's definitely a great resource."
--Wendy Willard, A Web-Design Teacher's Recommended Reading List, May 2001

"Comprehensive, covers browser idiosyncrasies, and is presented in a clean and well-indexed format"
--Randy M. Zeitman, www.CompBookReview.com, Feb 2001

"contains all the information you need to know to design effective web pages...This is a most impressive book...it is an indispensable tool for web designers and authors at al levels of experience."
--Ed Laskowski, The Vista PC Journal, Feb 2001

"If you're going to design Web pages or just put up and maintain a home page, this book deserves a place on your bookshelf."
--Jacquelyn Sykes, PC Alamode, April 2001

Web Design in a Nutshell "An excellent resource, this guide is full of helpful tables and lists, making it a perfect desktop reference. The book breaks down the huge topic of Web site development into understandable, readable segments."
--Web Tech Books, July 2000

"Are you a print designer working on the Web? An HTML coder learning about server-side hosting for the first time? Web Design in a Nutshell has slim but whole chapters for those topics-and everything else you can imagine...for day-to-day development and maintenance, Web Design in a Nutshell is a truly well-constructed toolkit."
--amazon.com

"the book is well written throughout, with good explanations of terms and brief examples, where applicablei It was a pleasure to review it and I am looking forward to study it in more depth because I am sure to find quite a few things that will be helpful in my job as webmaster of our computer user group."
--Gerhard R. Fischer, Charlotte Bytes, Jan 2000

"If I were planning to immerse myself in everything necessary to create superior web pages, this book would be a contender. Covering five parts and 27 chapters, and ranging through design principles, graphical formats, multimedia, and emerging technologies, Web Design in a Nutshell is unlike any design-oriented book I have previously encountered. Please read her excellent text, study the technical material, and put this book's advice to work. You will be rewarded by doing so. For readers who learn meticulously from well-crafted textbooks, this book is RECOMMENDED."
--John Nemerovski,Book Bytes, My Mac Magazine, March 1999

"This superb book gives a no-nonsense overview of HTML programming starting from the ground up and encapsulating some of the more advanced topics some lesser books choose not to. Everything is so well presented it makes for easy reading even when not sitting at your computer. It's nice to see such good support for multiple browsers too--the book gives information about which commands will work with which browser so it's easy to produce more universally accessible sites. Although this is not aimed squarely at the beginner it's so well written it should be on any prospective coder's bookshelf from an early stage. An excellent read
--Andrew Russell, amazon.co.uk, March 2000

"It would be smart to invest in a guide to creating Web pages. One of the best, no matter what your experience level, is Web Design in a Nutshell."
--Kevin Reichard, Ventures Magazine, May 1999

"Web Design in a Nutshell is a quality reference guide reasonably priced."
--Fred Hapgood, CIO, May 1999

"If you are totally broke, and can only beg, borrow, or steal enough to buy just one book, then this might just be the one!"
--Tari Akpodiete, BuildingTheWeb, June 1999

"Once again, O'Reilly delivers a spectacular book. I never thought it was possible to distill so many facts about HTML, including HTML 4.0, into an eminently readable and useful book."
--Deborah Lynn Wiley, Database, July 1999

"Encompasses every aspect of designing Web pages; furnishes quick and easy access to a vast array of technologies and techniquess for effective Web design."
--Forecast, June 1999

"If I were planning to immerse myself in everything necessary to create superior web pages, this book would be a contender. . . Covering five parts and 27 chapters, and ranging through design principles, graphical formats, multimedia, and emerging technologies, Web Design in Nutshell is unlike any other design-oriented book I have previously encountered. Please read her excellent text, study the technical material, and put this book's advice to work. You will be rewarded by doing so. For readers who learn meticulously from well-crafted textbooks, this book is RECOMMENDED."
--John Nemerovski, MyMac Magazine, March 1999

Web Design in a Nutshell is an amazing book. Niederst explores, explains, clarifies, and illustrates an enormous amount of material in an enlightening and well-written style. She details the advantages and disadvantages of some of the latest software, identifying warnings (with a turkey icon) and notes (with an owl icon). Throughout the book, the author demonstrates her expertise and presents practical advice for design implementation. Web Design in a Nutshell is an extraordinary, outstanding, and complete book for any amateur or professional interested and excited by Web design.
--Elizabeth Zinkann, SysAdmin, April 1999

"I've never written to an author before but I must tell you, just got your book and I'm blown away. Its all there, everything I want to know, a perfect chunk of the web world. Really, I've never seen such a great web design book. Thanks for assembling all of this in one accessible place and for sharing your knowledge."
--Suzan Kaplan

"Dear Ms Niederst:

I want to congratulate you on your excellent Web Design in a Nutshell book. I am using it as a textbook for the first part of a course on Web-site Design and Management (www.cs.siena.edu/~wollowsk/csis400s99.html). Your book contains a wealth of information that seems to have hit the perfect balance between technical and practical information. I like the way you set up the more technical chapters, by first giving exact and easy to read information about the html tags (as well as the much valued compatibility information) and then providing information about common uses of those tags. I also like the first four chapters which provide very useful information that every web-site designer should know. If you add some exercises to the end of each chapter, this would make the text-book of choice for courses on web-site design. You may be interested that I conveyed this opinion to our college's Addison-Wesley representative. It is not often that one runs across a book that is after one's own heart. I am so thrilled about your book that I just had to let you know.

Best of luck in your future endeavors."

--Michael Wollowski


"Web design can be very simple these days thanks to the massive selection of programs available to take the difficulty out of producing slick Web sites.

But for the perfectionists and those who want more than a passing degree of control over their creations, the only real way to produce Web content is the old fashioned way--with a copy of a decent text editor and a head full of HTML tags.

There's no denying that this method ultimately produces the best results and the gives greater control over layouts but it's all so difficult. Isn't it?

O'Reilly's Web Design in a Nutshell aims to prove that it needn't be. This superb book gives a no-nonsense overview of HTML programming starting from the ground up and encapsulating some of the more advanced topics some lesser books choose not to approach.

Everything is so well presented it makes for easy reading even when not sitting at your computer. It's nice to see such good support for multiple browsers too--the book gives information about which commands will work with which browser so it's easy to produce more universally accessible sites.

Although this is not aimed squarely at the beginner it's so well written it should be on any prespective coder's bookshelf from an early stage. An excellent read."
--Andrew Russell, amazon.co.uk, November 1999

"Authors who write for O'Reilly should be worried. With all the excellent O'Reilly books I've read and reviewed, I have yet to find one that doesn't live up to the O'Reilly standard. It's tough to live up to that kind of pressure, but once again this book, Web Design in a Nutshell, like all the other "in a Nutshell" books, is one of those tomes that you'll want to read and refer back to in the future.

Web Design in a Nutshell was not really written for readers with a specific level of expertise, but rather as a guide that most folks can learn from, regardless of their experience. The book is divided into five main sections and an appendix. The main sections cover: The Web Environment, HTML, Graphics, Multimedia and Interactivity, and Emerging Technologies. Each section covers a wide array of topics, including:

Designing for a Variety of Browsers Designing for a Variety of Displays Web Design Principles for Print Designers A Beginner's Guide to the Server HTML Overview Structural HTML Tags Tables Frames Forms Server Side Includes GIF, JPEG and PNG Formats Designing Graphics with a Web Format Animated GIFs Audio Video on the Web Interactivity Intro to JavaScript Cascading Style Sheets DHTML XML Embedded Font Technology

Author Jennifer Niederst covers each topic with just enough information to get you up to speed and save you time, without the fluff that so typically accompanies such topics in similar books. Each tag is covered in detail, including info about support for the tag by specific Web browsers, and features all the available parameters for each tag.

The best aspect of this book is the many time-saving tips and tricks that are presented. For example, Niederst points out that you can get the appearance of "drop caps" at the beginning of a paragraph by using Style Sheets and a SPAN tag, along with the float property. Or an example which shows how you can shrink your image size using a Gaussian blur in Photoshop. These types of examples abound in this book!

If you're developing a Web site, or you're a professional developer, take a few minutes to skim through Web Design in a Nutshell. I think you'll agree that it's a book that you can't live without, and well worth the investment. I'm going to have to get a bigger bookshelf if O'Reilly keeps putting out books like this..."
--WebDeveloper.com

"If you don't know HTML, there are a million books to learn from. Web Design in a Nutshell is a favorite of mine. It's hardly a "nutshell", though, at almost 600 pages, but then the book does go beyond basic HTML 4.0 to explain CSS, graphics formats and the differences between browsers ("platform idiosyncrasies" as the publisher delicately puts it)."
--Web usability guru Jakob Nielsen

"A compendium of useful reference material for designers creating Web pages. Like O'Reilly's other nutshell books it packs a lot of useful reference information into a small space, but also distills the collective wisdom of creating Web pages down into easily digestible chunks. I wish I had this book when I was first starting out, it is a great way to get up to speed quickly on Web page authoring as many of the tricks and techniques we learned by trial and error are in here.

The book covers the key technologies involved in creating Web pages, including cross browser design, validation, screen sizes, Web-safe colors, character entities, HTML tags, a nice section on server side includes, graphics (GIF, JPEG, PNG) creation and optimization, audio/video, and interactivity. Emerging technologies are briefly discussed including CSS, DHTML, XML, and Internationalization. The appendices include an excellent browser support table for CSS compatibility plus a browser support chart for the HTML 4 specification.

"The author says she spent most of 1998 writing this book and it shows, there's a huge amount of useful information in here without a lot of fluff. Recommended."
--Andrew B. King, Managing Editor, http://www.webreference.com