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"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

"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