HTML Web Magic, Second Edition
"Learn to Tweak Your Code"
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|Title: HTML Web Magic, Second Edition
Author: Raymond Pirouz http://www.rpirouz.com/html
Publisher: New Riders Publishing http://www.mcp.com
Publication Date: July 1998
|HTML Web Magic, Second Edition is a recipe-style how-to book that walks users through 50+ HTML lessons, ranging from page layout techniques to special effects. The full-color, visual nature of the book makes learning easy and gives readers immediate gratification. It includes dozens of techniques for HTML 4.0 and has a full-color, step-by-step "cookbook" approach which gives web designers immediate great ideas. It is a good book to read in front of your computer with your favorite HTML text editor and Internet browser engaged so that you can type the HTML techniques on your editor and test them in your browser as they are presented. The author, Raymond Pirouz, is an author, instructor, designer, and senior partner at R35, a company that markets Web design tools and has designed graphics for such clients as American Honda, Virgin Records, California Institute of Technology, and NASA/JPL/States of Art. He has a firm grasp of the topic, and it shows in his easy-to-read and concise writing.|
|Intermediate and Advanced computer users. The book is designed and written for people with a general knowledge of HTML who are ready to take their designs to the ultimate level--adding sophisticated touches that will creatively communicate their messages to target audiences.|
|The book is organized in eight parts which are clearly marked with colorful tabs throughout the book and are summarized
Part II: Magic with First Impressions--Describes how to use the <META> tag and covers other techniques such as eliminating browser offset, determining your visitor's browser/platform, detecting specific plug-ins, and designing an alternative page for visitors with older browsers or no plug-ins. This chapter discusses how you can get rid of the browser offset so that the monkey looks like he's hanging upside down instead of being cut off as in the image to the left.
Part IV: Magic with Tables--Delves into the art of coloring table cells, adding background images to cells, making tables invisible, aligning images and text within cells, creating nested tables, resizing tables dynamically, creating white space with tables, and designing "fake" image maps by using table cells. The image to the left shows "fake" typography layering by using tables.
Part VII: Magic with Type--Helps you specify Web typography by using HTML and Cascading Style Sheets (CSS), vary type size by using CSS, create non-underlined text links with CSS, vary type color on rollover, experiment with type alignment techniques, wrap type around images, align images and type against backgrounds, create lists with graphic bullets, and design columns of type by using table cells. The image to the left illustrates the text-wrap effect.
|This is a rather small, concise, and visually packed book on HTML techniques. There are enough tips and ideas to keep anyone happy and busy. New Riders puts out a variety of Magic books, most of which I own and use as a reference point for design ideas. Some of the books are: Dynamic HTML Web Magic, Photoshop 5 Type Magic, Photoshop Web Magic Vol. 1 & 2, Photoshop 5 Web Magic, and Illustrator Type Magic. For individuals who want an easy to learn, quick overview of the basics type of book, I would recommend the Sams Teach Yourself in 10 Minutes series. Sams Publishing and Que Publishing also have Professional Reference Editions where the books are over 1,000 pages and cover everything under the sun about a subject. The Magic series is sort of inbetween. When you just need that visual fix and specific technical information to get you started in your work, they are perfect.|
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